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Clinical Research Fellowship

UCI School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology offers a two-year Clinical Research Fellowship. The research fellow is involved in a variety of clinical trials and research projects with faculty dermatologists. Clinical studies are both industry-sponsored clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies in areas of general dermatology, photomedicine, cutaneous cancer therapies, lasers and cosmetic devices. Fellows participate in study design, submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), implementation, presentation and publication of study results. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in departmental grand rounds and other academic activities. 

Fellowship requirements include completion of a minimum of PGY1 at an ACGME accredited program prior to start of the fellowship and eligibility for a California medical license. For more information, contact the Department of Dermatology Clinical Research Center 949.824.7103 or email Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, PhD, at

Department of Dermatology Clinical Trials»

Accepting applications starting January 1, 2020.

For more information please contact Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, PhD, at

Research Specialist 2017-2018

Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology/Procedural Dermatology Fellowship Program 

The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology/Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at UC Irvine is a one-year, ACGME-approved program that offers extensive training in Mohs surgery, advanced dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. Our program is very fast-paced with a high patient load, complex tumor biology, advanced reconstructive procedures, and broad exposure to laser and cosmetic procedures. 

Mohs Surgery

The majority of the fellowship training will be conducted at UC Irvine's Department of Dermatology at the Gottschalk Medical Plaza. We currently have two faculty members certified by the American College of Mohs Surgery: Dr. Christopher Zachary, Dr. Patrick Lee and Dr. Melissa Shive. Each physician received training in different fellowship programs; thus UC Irvine provides Mohs fellows with various perspectives and approaches to Mohs surgery, reconstruction, and cutaneous oncology management. 

Our surgical curriculum includes extensive hands-on experience in Mohs micrographic surgery. Incoming fellows are given graduated surgical responsibility as they refine surgical techniques and competence. Fellows are exposed to a variety of reconstructive methods, including second intention healing, primary closure, advanced skin flaps and grafts. The vast majority of the surgery sites are closed by our faculty. We also enjoy a close collaborative relationship with our colleagues in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and oculoplastic surgery, and our fellows are given elective time to rotate with each of these specialties. Our faculty members perform more than 1000 Mohs procedures each year; each fellow typically performs about 500 cases as the primary surgeon.

Laser Surgery and Cosmetics

Our fellows have extensive experience in lasers for tattoo, hair, pigment and vessel removal, non-ablative and ablative laser resurfacing, fractional Erbium and CO2 lasers, tissue tightening, and fat removal devices. Fellows receive exposure and training in scar revision, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, liposuction, and the use of neurotoxins and various soft tissue fillers. Fellows are involved in monthly hands-on cosmetic workshops taught jointly by department faculty and volunteer faculty members. 

Research and Teaching

Our goal is to train fellows who contribute to the field long after completing their training. Each fellow has a half-day every week to devote to academic activities, including Dermatology Grand Rounds/Lectures, research projects, and scholarly work. There also are opportunities to rotate with our volunteer faculty including Dr. Jeff Klein (liposuction). Fellows are expected to contribute to the training of dermatology residents and medical students, and are required to give a series of lectures relating to all aspects of dermatologic surgery. Fellows are expected to be involved in a research project and to present their data at a national dermatologic meeting. Our faculty members are committed to supporting any interests our fellows wish to pursue.

Application Instructions

We are now using the SF Match Central Application Service (CAS).  Please go to the SF Match site to apply.

Please make sure that of the three letters of recommendation:

  1. One letter of recommendation is from the Residency Director/Chairman
  2. One letter is from the Director of Dermatologic Surgery 

COMPLETED applications should be mailed to:

CAS –    SF Match
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

In addition, please send the following to Terena J. Wells (

  1. A personal statement, including long term career plans and what attracted you to UCI’s program
  2. A recent photo