Grades in required or core clerkships are very important to dermatology residency programs.
In a NRMP survey of dermatology residency programs, 89% cited "grades in required clerkships" as a factor in selecting applicants to interview.
"Clerkship grades from third year are undeniably important - this is the most important year academically," writes Dr. Ali Alikhan.
"It is the year that is responsible for stratifying students to provide a measure of clinical competence and significantly affects assessment of competitiveness for residency directors. Obtaining as many 'honors' grades as possible should be your goal."
Medical student seeking a career in the specialty also hope to shine during dermatology rotations. One useful resource to help prepare for the rotation is the Learner's Guide published by the American Academy of Dermatology. This resource is an online medical student core curriculum that contains online modules and videos encompassing a broad range of topics.
Our book, Success on the Wards, is a powerful resource to help you excel in core clerkships. It has also been widely used by international medical graduates seeking to perform at a high level during U.S. clinical rotations. Securing a dermatology rotation can be challenging for international medical graduates. We have created a database of clinical opportunities in dermatology to help direct your search (see below).