Dermatopathology Fellowship


This is an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Dermatopathology that begins July 1 of each year. The Dermatopathology Unit interprets over 60,000 skin biopsies per year, including interesting cases from Shands Hospital and the Department of Dermatology.The latter receives specimens from across the state of Florida and the entire Southeast with an active outside consultation service. The Dermatopathology service is closely coordinated with the Department of Dermatology, and fellows actively participate in Dermatology clinics and conferences. The Dermatopathology unit performs a wide range of immunohistochemical staining, immunofluorescence, and salt split skin testing. The Dermatopathology laboratories utilize state of the art molecular techniques, which are used in the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders. The fellow is expected to master these techniques that are performed on a daily basis. Appropriate training in Pathology for those candidates with a Dermatology background and in Clinical Dermatology for Pathology graduates will be provided. The fellow will be expected to identify areas of interest and to pursue them through a clinical and/or basic research project.

Applicant Requirements:

We require that all applicants pass USMLE steps 1, 2, 3 and the CSA.

  • Higher USMLE scores are more competitive and assist us in selecting applicants for interviews.

By start of fellowship, the applicant must be board eligible or certified in anatomic pathology, anatomic and clinical pathology or clinical dermatology.

For International Medical Graduates:

  • We require that all IMG applicants have valid ECFMG certificates.
  • Clinical experience in pathology is especially helpful as well as previous experience in working in the U.S. health care system.
  • The University of Florida supports J1 visas but does not support H1B visas.

Date of Next Available Position:

July 2021 – June 2022.


Commensurate with level of training. For more information, click here.


  • Kimberly L. Merkel, M.D. Fellowship Director
  • Vladimir Vincek, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Kiran Motaparthi, M.D.
  • Addie Walker, M.D.

Current Fellow 2018-2019

  • Diana Braswell, M.D.

Contact Person:

  • Megan McCann – Residency Program Coordinator  


We will begin to review completed application packets on June1st, 2019.

  1. Completed Standard Application Form
  2. Medical school dean’s letter
  3. Medical school transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one from residency program director)
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Personal statement
  7. Copy of USMLE or COMLEX score report
  8. Photograph/Optional

The interview period generally occurs between September – November

Send completed packets to:

UF Dermatology – Dermatopathology Fellowship Program.
Attention: Megan McCann
Department of Dermatology College of Medicine University of Florida
4037 NW 86th Terrace 4th Floor
Gainesville, Florida 32606


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