Residency in Dermatology at North Shore-LIJ Health System

About us

Thank you for your interest in the North Shore-LIJ dermatology training program.

Over a three-year training period, residents in the dermatology training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System are exposed to general and specialty medical dermatology for all age groups. The full-time faculty provides expert instruction in virtually all subspecialty areas within dermatology.

The clinical training experience at North Shore emphasizes a newly implemented continuity-based training approach which is resident-centered with the hope of enhancing the trainee’s experience and depth of training with respect to patient care, practice based learning, medical knowledge, systems based practice, interpersonal and communications skills, and professionalism.

The program aims to incorporate care of patients over the continuum of disease. This allows trainees to experience the proper training and clinical skill necessary for the independent practice of dermatology upon completion of training. Development of special interests and expertise during residency within requirements of the American Board of Dermatology will also be encouraged.

In general, training is provided through daily supervised clinical experiences, monthly clinical grand rounds, as well as a structured core curriculum supplemented with journal club, kodachrome sessions, morbidity and mortality discussions, evidence based sessions along with clinical and scientific conferences with other regional residency programs. The trainee’s experience is further enhanced through occasional participation in clinical trials and other individualized research experiences.

In the coming years, the Department also aims to support accredited fellowship training programs in pediatric dermatology, procedural dermatology and dermatopathology which will serve to further enhance the trainee’s experience.

Our primary training site will be based at our new state-of-the-art facility which will house and support our clinical, training, education, research and administrative efforts. Residents will also have the training experience associated with active inpatient consultation services at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Cohen’s Childrens’ Hospital.

Our ideal candidate is a highly competent, intellectually curious, compassionate and dedicated physician who will make substantial contributions to the field of dermatology. 

Program director

Amit Garg, MD

  • Chair of Dermatology,
    North Shore University Hospital
  • Chair of Dermatology,
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chair of Dermatology,
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Associate program director

Joni M. Mazza-McCrann, MD

Application process

Applicants interested in the dermatology training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS). 

The application deadline for the upcoming match cycle is Nov. 1, 2015. Interviews will be conducted in January 2016. Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited qualifying internship by June 2017 to be eligible. 

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript or diploma
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, no older than six (6) months
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable


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Our residents

Shelly Rivas, MD
Post-graduate Year 3
Internship: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Rohini Shantharam, MD
Post-graduate Year 3
Internship: Stony Brook University Hospital
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Rebecca Tamez, MD
Post-graduate Year 3
Internship: Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

Rebekah Baltz, MD
Post-graduate Year 2
Internship: Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Kyle Bartlett, MD
Post-graduate Year 2
Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: University of Miami – Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Paul Cellura, MD
Post-graduate Year 2
Internship: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Sarah Derrington, MD
Post-graduate Year 2
Internship: Texas A&M Scott and White, Temple, TX
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine