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January 2000

Advice to the Dermatology Residency Applicant

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):123-124. doi:

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!"