CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Dermatology

Specialty Advisor:


Preferred Contact Information:

Student Interest Group webpage:






National Organizations:

American Academy of Dermatology


Minimal Training Durations:

1 transitional/preliminary year

3 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1 Year


Competitiveness: High

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Specialty Overview: Dermatology is a diverse specialty encompassing disorders and diseases of the skin, mucous membrane, hair and nails and a number of sexually transmitted diseases. Dermatologists deal with a wide variety of diseases including acne, warts, multiple inflammatory dermatoses, skin cancers, autoimmune diseases, occupational dermatoses and contact dermatitis. The treatment ranges from performing a wide variety of surgical procedures (e.g., excisions, sclerotherapy, laser surgery, liposuction, hair transplants and tissue augmentation therapies) to the care of normal skin, prevention of skin diseases and cancers and treatment of photoaging skin.



·         Dermatopathology          1 year

·         Pediatric Dermatology    1 year

·         Procedural Dermatology 1 year




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Infectious disease, rheumatology, pediatric dermatology, pathology




Training Requirements: Training consists of a minimum of four years of postgraduate education. Entry into a three-year dermatology residency program must be preceded by a broad-based clinical year of training in an ACGME-accredited program or similar program accredited in Canada. A four-year training program must provide a broad-based clinical experience during the first year and three years of dermatology education in the second through fourth years of the training program. There were 117 dermatology residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 407 categorical/advanced positions.

For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency in Dermatology. The fellowships are over one year in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 250

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 258

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 66.7

Number of Programs: 9

Number of Positions Available: 21

Total Number of Applicants: 182

Total Number of Matched: 21




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California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300