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USC Clinical Research Fellowship

University of Southern California

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

1.  Name and location/institution of fellowship

Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

2.  Fellowship director or mentor options

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

Professor of Dermatology

Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Vice Chair of Clinical Research

Department of Dermatology

Keck School of Medicine at USC

University of Southern California 

3.  Start date and duration of fellowship.  If you/your institution offers an enduring yearly fellowship opportunity, please indicate as such.

Check out details of the fellowship at We offer an enduring year-long clinical fellowship position each academic year, typically beginning in June or July.

4.  Any application instructions, deadlines, and/or eligibility criteria.
MDs or medical students interested in year-long research experiences are encouraged to apply. Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply as early as possible for consideration.

When applying, please submit your CV (including USMLE scores), medical school transcript (unofficial okay), and a one-page cover letter. For application and submission information, please contact Brittany Gibbons, MPH at or visit our website at

5.  Contact information for fellowship.
Brittany Gibbons, MPH or visit our website at

6.  Any additional information such as project descriptions, web address, etc. that you would like to include.

This clinical research fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to experience different aspects of dermatology clinical research, including dermatoepidemiology, outcomes research, and clinical trials. Our projects are primarily focused on inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and hidradenitis suppurativa. We also study how to improve outcome measures in dermatology, apply communication technology to improve patient education, and healthcare utilization.

The fellow will work in a scientifically rigorous, engaging environment, where they will also interact with our diverse research patients. The fellow will learn clinical research methodology, conduct clinical studies, and have the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Importantly, the fellow will also receive career mentorship throughout the research year.

University of Southern California is a top academic institution with unparalleled educational and research opportunities. We are located in the heart of Los Angles, a city with superb food scene and unparalleled outdoor activities. One warning, past fellows who like frigid days have complained about the perpetually warm and sunny weather.

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