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August 1981

A National Resident Matching Program for Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(8):457-459. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650080011017

The first resident matching plan in dermatology, to be conducted this year, was established after approval by prior mail ballot and by a vote of the members of the Association of Professors of Dermatology that was taken at the annual meeting in November 1979. This decision followed a 1½-year period of intensive study and discussion. Essentially all of the dermatology training programs in the country will participate in this program. Similar resident matching plans have already been instituted in two other specialities—ophthalmology and neurology.

For some time, there has been considerable dissatisfaction, both on the part of the applicants and of the program training directors, with the independent and uncoordinated appointments of candidates to various specialized resident training programs. For medical students, the critical choice of a field of specialization and a particular training program requires the provision of adequate time for decision, mature judgment, sufficient medical experience, and freedom

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