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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

How to Make Dermatology More Diverse

It starts with residency selection, according to JAMA Dermatology Viewpoint authors from UCSF (Rethinking How We Select Dermatology Applicants—Turning the Tide, 2017;153:259-260). They make 6 specific suggestions about how to go about achieving greater diversity in dermatology, including removing AOA membership, Step 1 scores, and publication numbers as primary selection criteria. With the 2017 NRMP results release scheduled for next week, dermatologists will be looking at UCSF’s match list to see how successful they were in achieving their diversity goal. However, given the vagaries of the NRMP, a better solution might be to free programs seeking diversity from the NRMP for designated diversity residency positions that could be offered outside of the match to insure specialty diversity aims are met. In addition, the ABD could issue annual diversity awards for dermatology residency programs meeting diversity goals.