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Factors Influencing Applicants’ Ranking of Dermatology Residency Programs in the National Resident Matching Program

William Tuong, MD1; Nasim Fazel, MD, DDS1; Daniel B. Eisen, MD1
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1Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, Sacramento
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(12):1378-1380. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3363.
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This survey reports on the factors that applicants to dermatology residencies consider most important when choosing a program for further training.

Applying for a dermatology residency is a highly competitive process.1 One study indicated that dermatology residency selection committees evaluate multiple aspects of the applicants, including performance during the interview, letters of recommendation, Step I score on the United States Medical Licensing Examination, and medical school transcripts.1 However, the factors that dermatology residency applicants consider when creating their rank lists are not well characterized in the literature, to the best of our knowledge. Studies performed in other medical specialties indicate that applicants take various factors into account when ranking residency programs, such as geographical location of a program or personal interactions with staff, faculty, and residents.24 We sought to identify factors that are important to dermatology residency applicants when choosing a program for further training. Identifying mutable factors that applicants deem important may help residency programs highlight key attributes of their program and attract the most qualified candidates.

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