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

Blandine Nikuze (Chief gap year intern)

UMass Amherst (2019)
Major: Microbiology
Plans for career: My hope is to matriculate in medical school at some point in the next few years, and while I remain open minded to other specialties, I am strongly considering dermatology or pediatrics.
Bio: While in undergrad I was involved with infant cognition research , mentoring and tutoring. After working as an EMT for a couple of years, joining Dermcare was one of the best things that happened to me. I am excited that I get to be immersed in an environment that allows me to gain a better understanding of the everyday life of a physician, and hope to continue furthering my knowledge in dermatology. I am also interested in global and community health, particularly enabling health care accessibility in underserved communities and developing nations, teaching and mentorship. During my free time, I enjoy making up random recipes, food photography, Netflix and working out. 

Ekim Otucu

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Commonwealth Honors College (2019)
Major: Neuroscience, Minor Biology
Plans for career: Medicine, Surgery
Bio: I graduated from UMass Amherst in the spring of 2019 where I studied neuroscience and biology with a special interest in the biological basis of behavior. While at UMass, I worked in the Rudd Adoption Lab, studying the relationships between adoptees and their adoptive and birth parents. I also did research at the Jamaica Plains VA working on neurodegenerative disorders. I spent summers working as an EMT for UMass EMS and on an ambulance where I developed my passion for helping others. I was recruited to UMass to row crew, where I was a part of our first ever grand finals appearance at the ACRA National Championship as well as the program’s first qualified 8+ at the Head of the Charles in almost 15 years. Since graduation, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Dermcare, gaining hands-on experience in a clinical setting. Working with the providers here has taught me a great deal about the provider I hope to one day become; one who combines knowledge and compassion to achieve a high level of patient care. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my friends and my dog in the White Mountains, winter sports, exercising, and playing music with my band.

Miranda Yu

Tufts University (2021)
Major: Biology
Plans for career: Medicine… possibly Dermatology (?!)
Admitted to: Applying in June!
Bio: While technically class of 2021, I graduated from Tufts University early in December of 2020 with a major in Biology. During my time at Tufts, I was involved in an assortment of activities that ranged from conducting my own research on hospital food nutrition at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, to volunteering and leading medical service trips in rural Guatemala, to studying wild chimpanzee hunting behavior from data collected at the Kibale National park in Uganda. Through all of these experiences, I have come to appreciate/recognize how public health issues share commonalities across the world and bring us together. I joined Dermcare this past January because I was hoping to learn more about what medicine, but more specifically dermatology, is all about in a clinical setting. During my time at Dermcare, I’ve learned so much from all the providers at our network, who have been extremely nurturing and always take the time to teach you about their work. I’ve also learned an incredible amount from all the other gap year interns and nurses here, who are all amazing in their own way. When I am not at work, I enjoy working out, talking to my plants, cooking for my friends, and painting/drawing!

Yuying Zhang (Chloe)

UMass Amherst (2020)
Major: Chemistry
Plans for career: I aspired to pursue a MD/MBA program in the future
Bio:  As a first-generation college student and an immigrant, I am passionate to serve underprivileged communities. During my four years at UMass Amherst, I did research with Dr. Julian Tyson devised an affordable test kit procedure to measure toxic inorganic arsenic concentration in rice to be implemented in developing countries such as Bangladesh where expensive instrumental detection is not readily available. The challenge of science and its ability to find solutions to problems are what drew me toward research and medicine. My experience as a patient support volunteer for 6 years showed me health care through the patient’s lens while working closely with top physicians at Dermcare Physicians and Surgeons as a medical assistant gave me a new understanding of the challenges that physicians face everyday and how they combined personalized patient care with the art of healing. Outside of work, I am also on the executive board of a nonprofit organization named Community HealthEd where we publish medical writings that summarize relevant scientific literature without scientific jargons for communities. Currently, I am working on a project to gather a team of medical translators where we can translate our newsletters for communities where language is a barrier to health literacy. I enjoy spending my free time interviewing older adults (60+) for my podcast where we donate all profits to local charities, filming dance videos with friends, snacking and sleeping!

Victoria H. Selian

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.

Nicole Skolnick

Boston College (2021)
Major: Mathematics
Plans for career: Medicine
Bio:  I graduated from Boston College in 2021, where I studied mathematics on the pre-med track. During my time at BC, I was involved in a number of clubs on campus that focused on bridging the health disparity gap in developing third world countries, including Timmy Global Health, MedLife, and the Public Health Club of Boston College. In addition to my involvement in these organizations, I also was a part of Phaymus, a hip-hop dance team on campus. In my free time, I volunteered with Big Brother Big Sisters of Boston, mentoring elementary aged children on how best to navigate their educational, personal, and social conflicts. Additionally, I worked as a local babysitter for numerous families in the Newton area, as well as tutored high school and college students in subjects like math, physics, and English. Since starting work at Dermcare, I have learned so much from the patients, my colleagues, and the incredibly talented providers. I look forward to expanding upon this knowledge and building greater bonds with the local communities we serve.

Isabel Trenholm

Washington University in St. Louis (2021)
Major: Chemistry
Plans for career: Medicine
Bio:  I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in the Spring of 2021 with a major in chemistry and on the pre-med track. While at WashU, I worked as a General Chemistry Residential Peer Mentor hosting office hours for students and facilitating collaborative problem solving sessions. I also conducted research as a member of the Azab Lab within the Radiation Oncology Department at WasU School of Medicine and as an intern with the startup company GreenBlu whose mission is to develop a highly efficient water desalination system. My senior year I volunteered at a COVID-19 vaccine distribution clinic serving the greater St. Louis region. In my free time I love to run, cook, and spend time with family and friends. I am thrilled to be spending this next year working at Dermcare and learning from its highly skilled providers and staff.

Allie Bespalko

Northeastern University
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Plans for career: Medicine
Bio:  As an undergraduate at Northeastern University I spent most of my time outside of classes dancing with the Northeastern Dance Team. Every semester we would perform at Men’s and Women’s basketball games as well as at competitions. My Junior year I became the captain of the team where I taught choreography and led the team to a successful performance at the Men’s CAA basketball tournament. I was also involved in my community in Boston through my sorority, Chi Omega, where I was able to support the Make-a-Wish foundation for kids with terminal illnesses. During my time as an undergraduate, I also had the opportunity to complete two Co-op internships, one at Harvard Medical School Neuroscience department, working on the olfactory system, and another at AbbVie inc, researching Parkinson’s Disease models. Begin