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Career Development - Dermatology

What Does Training Look Like?

Dermatology requires a one year internship (preliminary medicine), followed by three years of residency training. Clinical fellowships are possible before residency.
 
Subspecialties

Sub-specialties include Mohs surgery (cutaneous oncology), Dermatopathology and Pediatric Dermatology.
 
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

95% of the time is spent in clinic, with 5% in hospital consultations. Typically, dermatology requires 8-10 hours per day, 4-5 days per week.

At Tulane, there are multiple clinical training sites, including VA, University Medical Center, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Children’s Hospital and Ochsner.

 
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to dermatology include:
  • Visual acuity
  • Attention to detail
  • Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Strong work ethic
 

Shadowing

If you are interested in shadowing opportunities, please contact Lisa Chauvin.

Research

Opportunities for students to get involved in research are available, including clinical trails, research with residents, and student-initiated studies. Please contact the department for more information:

Dr. Erin Boh

Dr. Andrea Murina

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

The Tulane Dermatology Interest Group, DIG, provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the field of dermatology and gives them the chance to apply their growing knowledge in a practical setting.  We sponsor lectures on the field of general dermatology and the sub-specialties within dermatology, and match panels with 4th year students and residents. We also sponsor a service learning project, SPOTS (Sun Protection Outreach Teaching to Students), in order to educate teens at local middle and high schools about the dangers of tanning, the warning signs of skin cancer, and methods for sun protection. The club provides a forum for medical students who would like to match in dermatology to meet other students, residents, and dermatologists.

Contact:

Shadi Rhazipour

Recommended T3/T4 Coursework

It is recommended that Tulane students interested in pursuing dermatology as their specialty take dermatology rotations at the end of their third year, or beginning of the fourth year. Two week and one month rotations are available.
 
Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")

DERM 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 361

n = 64

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

9.9

4.5

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

2.2

2.4

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

248

239

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

256

248

5. Mean number of research experiences

5.8

4.9

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

19

10.8

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.7

3.4

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

9.4

8.8

9. Percentage who are AOA members

47.4

28.1

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

41.3

34.4

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

10.2

8.5

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

19.7

24.6

 

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

Interviews for Dermatology are usually held later in the winter than other specialties.
 
Important Advice

Away rotations are important to get exposure to more dermatology faculty. Performance in clerkships is also considered.
Demonstrate well-roundedness in your activities and application.
Research in the T3 & T4 years is very important for improving your application. Poster presentations, oral presentations and journal submissions are highly encouraged.
 
COVID NOTE: Away rotations are not available during the COVID pandemic. Program Directors have indicated that this will not be a consideration in the 2021 Match cycle.
 
Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched





Boston Univ Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2017
Boston Univ Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2018
Boston Univ Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2019
Case Western/MetroHealth Med Ctr-OH Cleveland OH 2021
Case Western/Univ Hosps Cleveland Med Ctr-OH CLEVELAND OH 2019
Indiana Univ Sch Of Med INDIANAPOLIS IN 2017
San Antonio Military Medical Center FORT SAM HOUSTO TX 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA New Orleans LA 2021
U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham Birmingham AL 2021
U Arizona COM at Tucson TUCSON AZ 2017
U Illinois COM-Chicago CHICAGO IL 2018
UC Davis Med Ctr-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2019
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2018
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center WASHINGTON DC 2020