The Dermcare Gap Year Program provides recent college graduates with the unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the setting of a private dermatology practice. Through this paid program, gap year interns learn to assist in a variety of clinical and administrative tasks that help keep a medical practice functional. We aim to employ reliable, self-motivated graduates looking to gain one or more years of experience prior to attending medical school. We believe the lessons provided by this program will prepare our interns for the rigors of a career in medicine.

As a Gap Year Intern, you will:

  • assist in various dermatologic surgeries and procedures
  • perform surgical consultations
  • scribe for physicians during patient visits
  • coordinate patient care with outside healthcare providers
  • perform administrative tasks
  • learn about surgical and cosmetic dermatology
  • network with our doctors and staff
  • and more!

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a four year university/college
  2. At least a 1-2 year commitment before matriculating into medical school
  3. Must be able to travel to all offices (Arlington, Cambridge, Natick and Chelmsford)
  4. No medical assistant certification required

MEET THE CURRENT GAP YEAR INTERNS

Victoria H. Selian (Chief Gap Year Intern)

Northeastern University
Major: Biology, International Affairs minor
Bio:  I graduated from Northeastern University having completed two co-ops. My first co-op was in Belgium at IMEC/Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders in a neurosurgery lab where I researched motor function and plasticity post-paralysis. My second co-op was at the Infant Vision Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I investigated Retinopathy of Prematurity via vision research experiments on children and young adults. In addition to my co-op experiences, I volunteered at Boston Children’s on a surgical inpatient floor, was Hall Council President at Northeastern where I organized monthly charity and social events, and ran research experiments with the Kreiman lab at Harvard Medical School on low-vision participants to find ways to improve assistive mobility technologies. Having grown up in the Boston area, I am excited to continue to work in this community. In my free time, I volunteer at a local women’s shelter, Rosie’s place. I also love baking anything and everything, yoga, reading a good book, and skiing.

Dany Alkurdi

Bio:  Hi! My name is Dany, and I am a Gap Year Medical Assistant at DermCare. I joined the team in January of 2022. Beforehand, I was a research assistant for the development and clinic trial of a cancer pain management smartphone application at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I graduated from Princeton University in May of 2021, where I was the leader of my campus’s hospice volunteering group, called Creative Minds. I was also on the executive board of Princeton’s Powerlifting Club and scored a bronze medal at the Ivy League Powerlifting Championship, and I am a former bench press record holder in Massachusetts. I otherwise love to tutor students, read, and go on scenic walks.

Maura Barry

Tufts University (2019)
Major: Biology and Spanish
Plans for career: Medicine
Bio:  I graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a BS in biology and a BA in Spanish. While at Tufts, I was a research assistant in a developmental biology lab, where I studied the amphibian model system, Xenopus laevis, to observe how tissues and organs are formed during development and repaired after injury. I completed a Senior Honors Thesis on this work, and I also played on the women’s club soccer team and was on the Executive Board for the Tufts Relay for Life group. After graduating, I worked as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years as a member of the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education group. I was the lead coordinator on the Bridge Study, a randomized controlled trial focused on understanding health disparities for individuals with serious mental illness and cancer. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and watching movies. I am currently applying to medical school, and I am so excited to continue learning from the amazing physicians at Dermcare over the next year!

Michelle Cho

University of Chicago (2021)
Major: Neuroscience and Biology
Plans for career: Medicine
Bio:  As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I spent much of my time exploring my interests in research, medicine, and mentorship through various programs including UCEMS, MEDLIFE, Lean on Me, Peer Health Exchange, the APEX lab, and the UChicago Peer Mentoring Program. Much of my time in college was also spent in the pool as a swimmer on UChicago’s Varsity Swim and Dive team. In addition, I was able to work as a TA, RA, and lifeguard, and foster cats and kittens for a local shelter outside of class! In my free time, I like to explore the city, try new restaurants, paint, go hiking/do something active, and bake! I feel very lucky to have found such a great gap year opportunity gaining clinical experience in Dermcare’s warm and welcoming environment, and have learned so much already–from common dermatologic problems to the ins and outs of patient interaction and patient care. I am excited for the months to come and would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a substantive experience during their gap year(s)!

Brianne Crowther

San Diego State University (BS 2020)
Tufts University (MS 2022)
Major: Biomedical Science
Plans for career: Medicine
Bio:  I graduated from San Diego State in 2020 with a degree in Biology and Minor in Behavioral Neuroscience. While at SDSU, I was the College of Science Representative in student government, a Peer Health Educator, and served as Vice President of a club called MEDLIFE, in which we completed monthly service trips to Tijuana, Mexico. I completed a semester as a research assistant, helping to conduct drought resistance experiments on plants. Following my graduation, I pursued my Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University and graduated in the spring of 2022. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, walking my dogs, traveling, and hanging out with friends. During my time at Dermcare, I have enjoyed hands-on work in a clinical setting and spending time with patients. I am excited to continue to learn more during my time here.

Jeffrey Fann

Furman University
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Health Sciences
Plans for career: Medicine
Admitted to: VCOM-Carolinas
Bio:  During my time at Furman University, I conducted fistula data research while interning with Prisma Health’s Department of Surgery, participated in an Observership Program at Prisma Health, as well as interned as a Lifestyle Medicine Mentor and Personal Trainer, where I helped members of the Furman community achieve their health and wellness goals. I also spent a majority of my time playing varsity soccer for the Paladins. After graduating in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Health Sciences, I began working part-time for my parents’ small business in Greenville, SC, while studying for the MCAT. After writing the exam, I entered into the medical school application cycle and eventually began working for Dermcare. In my free time, I enjoy running, weightlifting, playing club soccer, and spending time with family and friends. I am thrilled to begin my professional career in healthcare and I am incredibly thankful to be serving the local community alongside an unbelievable team of doctors, nurses, technicians, medical assistants, and administrators!

Katie Margiotta

Northeastern University (2021)
Major: Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience
Plans for career: MD
Bio: I graduated from Northeastern University in December of 2021 where I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Behavioral Neuroscience. While I originally applied to undergraduate programs with an interest in pursuing art, I developed an interest in clinical psychology through my curriculum at Northeastern and, eventually, an interest in medicine through my undergraduate internships. As an undergraduate, I completed two full-time co-ops in clinical research. At my first co-op, I worked as a clinical research assistant in the Clinical Studies Unit in Psychiatry Research at Boston Medical Center on various medication clinical trials for Substance Use Disorders. At my second co-op, I worked as a clinical research assistant through Harvard Medical School on various studies examining the neurological mechanisms of MDD, meditative states, and mindfulness-based treatments for MDD through MRI. On campus, I was also involved in the Chi Omega sorority where I was able to support the Make-a-Wish foundation for children with terminal illnesses and Northeastern’s fashion magazine where I photographed for student-published issues and fashion shows. I began working at Dermcare in January of 2022 as I began my medical school application process for the opportunity to be exposed to a clinical environment where a wide variety of patient demographics and clinical concerns are treated, and to work closely with talented physicians.