Gap Year Program

Skin and Laser Dermatology Center in Northern Virginia has a paid gap year opportunity as a Patient Care Coordinator (PCC). This position has been available for the past several years and is one of the longest running programs in the area. The PCC position is intended for motivated individuals looking for experience in a private, out-patient clinical setting as they pursue a medical career. Many of our past PCCs have been accepted at prestigious medical schools across the United States, including University of Virginia, George Washington University, Temple University, Drexel University, and SUNY Brooklyn. Further, individuals will have publishing opportunities. Recently, three PCCs became published authors with their reports in prestigious medical journals, including JAMA Dermatology and Cancer Treatment and Research Communications.

Patient Care Coordinator Job Description

The Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) position is designed to be a hands-on, immersive experience to prepare individuals for a future in healthcare. PCCs will gain extensive experience assisting with outpatient procedures, scribing for electronic medical records, and performing administrative tasks. PCCs will benefit from strong mentor relationships with the providers at Skin and Laser Dermatology. We provide a broad array of medical and cosmetic dermatological services, such as

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Surgical excisions
  • Cosmetic lasers
  • Botox
  • Fillers
  • Blepharoplasties
  • Subcisions

PCCs will develop excellent interpersonal skills by working closely with providers and interacting directly with patients. This experience will be invaluable for a career in medicine. PCCs will gain a well-rounded understanding of the healthcare system by completing administrative tasks, such as facilitating prior authorizations, scheduling patient appointments, and managing medical reports for providers. PCCs are trained on site and encouraged to ask questions.

How to Apply

Successful candidates will have graduated from a four-year university with a background in healthcare or the sciences and will be pursuing a career in healthcare. We offer both a one-year (14 month) and a two-year (26 month) option to candidates. Drivers license required. Applicants must have a reliable source of transportation to both the Mclean and Woodbridge office. We ask for a resume, cover letter, and 1-3 references to be sent to and Please follow up with us if you do not hear back within 3 days.

For candidates unfamiliar with Northern Virginia or the D.C. metro area, we will be happy to help with the housing search. We are pleased to offer this enriching opportunity, specially tailored for students to gain clinical experience prior to pursuing the next step of their careers.

Links to view recent publications with past Gap Year Program members

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