Nature of residency

Following the first post-graduate year of training (PGY1) , the resident is required to take an additional three years of full-time training as a resident in a dermatology residency training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), or three years of full-time training as a resident in a dermatology residency program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Accreditation of dermatology training programs in the United States is the responsibility of the Residency Review Committee for Dermatology acting with authority delegated to it by the ACGME.

About 75 percent of the resident's time spent in each year of dermatology residency training must be related to the direct care of dermatologic outpatients and inpatients; this includes consultations, clinical conferences, and inpatient rounds. Dermatopathology, microbiology and other basic science lectures, seminars, and conferences are essential training components, and so are basic and clinical investigation. Residents are encouraged to participate in research during their training.

During or following the first year of dermatology training (PGY2), the training director may request prospective approval from the American Board of Dermatology for a special final two years for those trainees whose career plans involve a primary commitment to investigative dermatology.

Training must be completed within five years after the beginning of dermatology residency, except when military services or other compelling circumstances intervene.

Most residents complete all their dermatological training in one institution.

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