As we approach another year of reviewing several hundred applications for the solitary position in our dermatology residency, I would like to offer some words of advice. Please understand that this letter is a reflection on my own thoughts regarding what makes an applicant attractive and successful—different chairmen probably have other criteria on which they base their decisions.
I realize that applying for a dermatology residency is an intensely competitive endeavor. Pressure starts early: future applicants must take several dermatology electives at various academic centers where they hopefully get "noticed"; they participate in research projects and submit manuscripts and letters of reference from "name" dermatologists, all to achieve one goal—to have the stellar application that screams "interview me!"
Heymann WR. Advice to the Dermatology Residency Applicant. Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):123-124. doi: