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The Association of Professors of Dermatology has, on several occasions, reviewed the timing of the dermatology match. On each occasion, a majority of the members has voted to maintain the current time. This decision was not taken lightly and represents careful deliberations after review of surveys, comments from representatives of other specialties, discussion with the National Resident Matching Program, Evanston, Ill, and interviews with students and current residents. The most cogent reason for maintaining the match in the current time frame is that it allows students to make a more informed career choice. Many students do not have the opportunity to gain a meaningful experience in dermatology until the fourth year of medical school. If the dermatology match were to occur before or with the postgraduate year 1 match, this elective time in dermatology would be severely compressed for these students potentially interested in dermatology. Nevertheless, there are several programs
Voorhees JJ, Shalita AR. The Mismatched Match-Reply. Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(10):1405. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680200117023