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Dr Goldblum's letter raises several issues concerning the Dermatology Residency Matching Program, all of which were addressed in the editorial to which he refers. The relatively late date for the match was deliberately selected to provide maximum maturity of specialization choice to the candidates. Previously, a certain, albeit small, number of resident candidates appointed up to two years or more prior to the inception date of their training had "defected" to other specialties.The point raised concerning training in the G-1 and G-2 years at the same institution was not perceived to be important to most candidates, and personal interviews with large numbers of them has confirmed this. For candidates seeking training in the same institution for the G-1 and G-2 through G-4 years there are few institutions with dermatology residency training programs that offer appointments that include the G-1 year.The possibility of simultaneous interviews of candidates