Competitiveness: Extreme

A dermatologist is a physician with training and expertise in the diagnosis and medical/surgical management of diseases of the skin, hair and nails, and mucous membranes.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • No data for 2022

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 251
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 252
  • Research: 8.7
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 34.5
  • Work: 6.8
  • Volunteer: 7.0

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important Dermatology Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 score (94.1%)
  2. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (94.1%)
  3. Grades in required clerkship (88.2%)
  4. Class ranking/quartile (76.5%)
  5. Consistency of grades, Awards/honors in clinical clerkships (76.5%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. NRMP flag for match violation (5.0)
  2. Professionalism and ethics (4.7)
  3. Letters of recommendation in specialty (4.6)
  4. Having overcome significant obstacles (4.6)
  5. Personal statement (overall), Diversity characteristics, Perceived commitment to specialty (4.5)

Fast Facts

Total Training 4 years (will require prelim)
Average Residency Salary $59,818.07
Average Physician Salary $438,000
Average Work Week 45.4 Hours
Peak Interview Months December, January
Key Organizations and Societies: American Academy of Dermatology
American Board of Dermatology
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Society of Dermatology
Dermatology Foundation
Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Join the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) early to access informational meetings and opportunities

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

14 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track PGY-1
Participating Programs 1
Filled Programs 1
Positions Available 2
Filled Positions 2


  • Dermatopathology
  • Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery
  • Pediatric Dermatology

Additional Info

  • Select Dermatology programs may participate in the supplemental ERAS application. Please visit the supplemental ERAS application webpage for information, guidance, timelines, and resources.