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Old 05-29-2015
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Default Chance of dermatology for an IMG ?

Dear colleagues,

I would like to ask your experiences about any chance for an IMG getting into Dermatology residency?
If there is a chance, what are the characteristics this IMG profile has to have?
and what are IMG-friendly derma programs?

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I don't think there are any IMG friendly programs in derm. It is incredibly difficult, but possible. I know of one student from my school who matched, but they spent 2 years after graduation doing an prelim year and making connections to get into a dermatology research project that led to multiple publications and presentations

In general to be safe, you need to pass all steps on the 1st attempt with scores 250+ to be safe. You will need to show an interest in the field, have at least one letter from a dermatologist, and ideally some research with publications or poster presentations. If you are a graduate and able to practice in your country, try to gain exposure to dermatology and include it in your practice. Join official US dermatology professional organizations and try to attend some conferences where connections can be made.

Now can you match with anything less than what I wrote above, maybe. But to give yourself the best shot, you should meet the above criteria. Good luck
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