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Dermatology

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Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Medical students can arrange for 1-2 days shadowing one of our physicians. Please reach out to Allison Lucci to arrange. It is also helpful to become engaged in some research experience early on.

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

It is very important to do research. All of the research experience does not have to be in the specialty, however at least one or two projects within Dermatology will be an asset to your application. The research projects should be started by the end of 3rd year of medical school.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Yes, in the past, students have been able to participate in projects within our department. Research experiences have included poster presentations at Discovery Day, case reports and case series, and work on our Clinical Research in Transplant Dermatology. We have an ongoing appreciation of unusual dermpath presentations and an interest in Women’s Health dermatologic problems, as well as common dermatologic problems such as eczema and tinea.  

Allison Lucci is our Residency Program Coordinator, and she is an excellent conduit to our faculty and residents. (215) 762-5579

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Yes.

Allison Lucci is our Residency Program Coordinator, and she is an excellent conduit to our faculty and residents. 215 762 5579.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

Very important; students in the past have arranged away rotations at Wake Forest, U Florida, CHOP, and Jefferson. If you are interested in matching outside of our region (the Northeast), it would be judicious to arrange an away rotation in that particular region. While on your away rotation, remember that it is a month-long interview!

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

The career-life balanc is good in dermatology. In residency, expect to spend a significant amount of time reading about the basic science of the skin and learning the vast array of dermatologic conditions, outside of your clinical responsibilities. After residency, since the practice is primarily outpatient, weekend and night clinical responsibilites are typically limited to consultations and home-call.

What are the most important qualities or character traits for a person in this field?

Ideal dermatology candidates have a strong work ethic, inquisitive mind, and are able to multi-task well. Being a team-player is also very important

What are career opportunities after training?

Most dermatologists enter private practice after residency and practice in an outpatient setting, with a combination of medical and procedural visits. Fellowship training is available in the following areas: Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs).

What resources (eg websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?

Lookingbill and Mark's Principles of Clinical Dermatology is an excellent resource for medical students looking to get a basic understanding of the terminology. The American Academy of Dermatology's website is very imformative, and has well-designed learning modules for medical students.

Any other advice you wish to share?

The dermatology match is very competitive (we typically have more than 400 applicants for our 3 spots). You need high grades, high board scores AND a legitimate backup plan

Go to the Drexel Careers Advisiing Website for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Dermatology Interest Group: ducomdermatology@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A dermatologist is trained to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult patients with disorders of the skin, mouth, external genitalia, hair, and nails, as well as a number of sexually transmitted diseases. The dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin, the management of contact dermatitis and other allergic and non-allergic skin disorders, and in the recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic (including internal malignancy) and infectious diseases. Dermatologists have special training in dermatopathology and in the surgical techniques used in dermatology. They also have expertise in the management of cosmetic disorders of the skin such as hair loss and scars and the skin changes associated with aging. (Source: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_dermatology.htm)

Time Requirement


The residency training for dermatologists is three to four years. The three year program must be preceded by a year of broad-based clinical training (PGY-1). Practice in a dermatology subspecialty requires one additional year of training.

Subspecialties

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.

 

Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 62.3 74.2
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 7.8 6.7
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

NRMP  
Drexel Match Data -- 2014 - 2015 - 2016 -2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information:Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Advising Website pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.