Welcome to the Department of Dermatology Resource Page. This online repository houses relevant resources and contact information for students seeking career advice. We encourage you to review the career-related materials provided (e.g. Specialty Webinar, Interview Questions, Research, etc.) as you seek support in your journey through medical school. If you have further questions that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact a Specialty Faculty Mentor for further guidance.
MATCH PREPARATION AND CHARTING OUTCOMES
You are more than your Step Scores! Use the NRMP page HERE to look at the qualifications of applicants who have successfully applied to your specialty.
It is recommended that applicants complete a 2-4 week rotation at several academic dermatology programs in order to increase experience as well as to obtain additional exposure.
It is strongly encouraged for students to do research and scholarly work that can be included in their application. In the recent years there has been an increasing number of applicants who have completed a gap year. A gap year is not a requirement.
Number of letters recommended – Minimum of 3
Chair’s letter required? Yes
Number of letters from within specialty? 3 total (with Chair’s included)
Number of letters from away rotations/institutions? 1-2 depending on mentorship choices the candidate has
Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? The MSPE and the medical school transcript are required
Letters of Recommendation should be from a physician that the student has worked closely with and has developed a strong rapport. It is important that the letters disclose to the reviewers the positive characteristics and strengths of the applicant.
When do programs in your specialty generally begin reviewing applications? When ERAS opens
When do programs in your specialty begin offering interviews? There are coordinated dates for release of interview invitations that most Dermatology programs participate in. For the 2023 season, there are 3 dates in November when invitations are released. Please check the national DIGA website for annual updates.
When does your program generally offer interviews? 1 day in both December and January
Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? Yes
STEP 2: Most Dermatology residency programs will now require STEP 2 scores by time of application.
Dermatology is one of the most competitive specialties. Applicants should apply to numerous programs. Keep all options open, do not focus on a specific city or geographic location. It is ideal for candidates to have the application complete by the time ERAS opens to programs.
Be professional, honest, relax and be yourself. Express a genuine interest in Dermatology. Research the program you are interviewing at.Express why you may be a good fit for the program and highlight several points while speaking with faculty, residents and staff.Residents participate in the interviews and they do provide input. Remain calm and avoid any stressful behaviors.Be prepared to answer questions about your application.
- The NRMP publishes a survey of Applicants each year. This report presents the results of selected items from the 2019 NRMP Applicant Survey. The report documents factors that applicants weigh in selecting programs (1) at which to interview and (2) to rank in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
- The NRMP Publishes a survey of Residency Program Directors. This report examines the factors program directors use to select applicants to interview and rank. Data are reported for 22 specialties and the transitional year in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
- Looking for residency programs? The AAMC interactive, Careers in Medicine Website is where you should be! LINK
- Having difficulty deciphering this information? Contact your Student Affairs Career Advisor on your campus!!!
Residency Career Planning Helpful Links
Below you will find resources to help you get started when applying for residency.
(Updated August 24, 2021)
American Urological Association (AUA)
American Medical Association (AMA)
- FREIDA Residency and Fellowship Program Database
- Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FREIDA Online)
- The Road to Residency Made Simple
- AMA Residency match made simple: From M4 to PGY-1 in 6 steps
AAMC/NRMP/NBME collaborative Residency Exploration Tool
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Medical Residency and Fellowship Map
National Resident Matching Program (NRMP
- Match Data and Reports
- NRMP Charting Outcomes in the Match
- Charting Outcomes
- Match Prism App: for mobile devices Search the app store on your mobile device!
San Francisco Match (SF Match)
SPECIALTY FACULTY LIAISONS
Michelle Bain, MD
or contact coordinator
Sheryl Hoyer, MD