FOR ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION
applicant must satisfy the following requirements before he or she is
eligible to take the certifying examination of the Board.
- The candidate must have
graduated from a medical school in the United States accredited by
the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), an accredited
medical school in Canada, an accredited osteopathic school in the
United States, or if a graduate of a foreign medical school, must
possess the standard certificate of the Educational
Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). If,
however, the foreign medical school graduate is in training in an
accredited program in Canada, the Board will recognize the
certificate of the Medical Council of Canada.
- The candidate must hold a
currently valid, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine
or osteopathy in the state or province of his or her residence in
either the United States or Canada. The candidate may be denied
certification if his or her license has been revoked, suspended,
restricted, or surrendered in any jurisdiction - or if the candidate
is subject to adverse licensure proceedings.
- The candidate must not
have engaged in conduct which, in the judgment of the Board, (i)
reflects unethical activity relating to the practice of medicine, or
(ii) casts significant doubt on the ability of the candidate to practice
dermatology in the best interests of patients.
Residency Training Requirements
- Candidates for
certification by the American Board of Dermatology are required to
have a total of four years of postgraduate training as described
a) The first year (PGY1) must consist of 12 months of clinical training
in one of the following types of broad-based programs in the United
States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education (ACGME) or a similar program in Canada
accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada: a transitional year (formerly called
flexible first postgraduate year), or a first year residency in emergency
medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics
& gynecology, or pediatrics.
b) Three years of full-time training as a resident in a dermatology
residency training program in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
or three years of full-time training as a resident in a dermatology
residency training program in Canada 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
(accredited dermatology residency training programs and clinical programs
for first postgraduate year credit are listed in the AMA sponsored
Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FRIEDA) Online
www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2997.html and also at www.acgme.org).
c) The resident's time throughout each year (PGY2 - PGY4) must be related
to the direct care of outpatients and inpatients (to include clinical
conferences and didactic lectures related to patient care, consultations,
inpatient rounds, and other subspecialty rotations concerning
dermatology. Dermatopathology, microbiology, and other basic science
lectures, seminars, and conferences are essential components of the
resident's training (see the Program Requirements for Residency
Training in Dermatology).
The Board also emphasizes the importance of basic science
and clinical investigation in the educational experience of trainees.
Accordingly, all residents should participate in basic science and/or
clinical research during their training. Individual programs may permit
elective time, not to exceed 3 months per three-year period. Residency
training requirements for individuals enrolled in an
Investigative/Academic Training Track, are discussed under d) below.
d) For those candidates whose career plans involve a primary commitment to
investigative or academic dermatology, an Investigative/Academic Training
Track, which must assure adequate clinical education and experience in
accordance with the general requirements described above, may also be
acceptable. The essential elements of such training tracks are as
1) Training experiences for individuals in the Investigative/Academic
Training Track must be candidate-specific (i.e., not a program-specific
2) The first year (PGY2) of this track must be 100% clinical in character.
3) Investigative or academic experience can be integrated with the
required additional clinical training during the second (PGY3), third
(PGY4), and/or fourth (PGY5) year/s. In this Investigative/Academic
Training Track, residents must satisfy a requirement for 225% direct
patient care time (as defined by 100% clinical training in the first
[PGY2] year and the balance of 125% clinical training apportioned over
the second [PGY3], third [PGY4], and/or fourth [PGY5] years of this
track). In addition, the Investigative/Academic Track must include the
equivalent to a one-half day clinic per week each year until the 225%
requirements is met. Continuity of patient care should be stressed as
much as possible in this clinic experience. Rotations on the consultation
service, for a period comparable to the time similarly scheduled for
general dermatology residents, may be substituted for the clinic time
during the special training track years of the residency.
4) Requests for approval of this Investigative/Academic Training Track
must be submitted to the Executive Director of the Board prospectively,
at least four (4) months prior to the beginning of such training. This
will be on or before March 1 of the year preceding the onset of the
special track. Requests earlier than January 1 of the PGY2 year will not
be considered because the program director must have had an opportunity
to judge the clinical potential of the trainee.
The request for consideration of this investigative/academic
track must include information about the intended research, a letter of
support from the faculty member the resident will be working with, and a
detailed schedule of the residentís time commitments during the entire
training period. It is incumbent upon program directors to select
candidates for this special training track whose skills and learning
capabilities permit the acquisition of clinical competence as well as the
execution of their investigative or academic responsibilities. Moreover,
the program director must monitor the training of these residents
throughout their residency and must validate their clinical and research
experiences at the completion of their residencies.
Program directors should contact the Executive Director of
the ABD if there are questions or if additional information is needed
concerning this special track.
- A Preliminary Registration
Form must be filed electronically by the candidate within 30 days of
the start of training.
- A Yearly Report Form for
each resident must be submitted by the training director to the
Board office by August 1 after completion of the first
year of training and by May 15 for residents who will complete their
year of training on June 30. In order for a candidate to take the
certifying examination, the training director must certify that each
year of training was completed in a satisfactory manner.
- Training must be
completed within five years after the beginning of dermatology
residency, except when military service or other compelling
- It is the responsibility
of the training director to determine if a resident has
satisfactorily completed the required 3 years of dermatology
training and is therefore eligible to sit for the certifying
examination of the American Board of Dermatology (see the Guidelines for Determining
Adequacy of Clinical Training). The Final Evaluation must
verify that the resident has demonstrated sufficient professional
ability to practice competently and independently.
An in-training examination (ITE) is administered annually online in
April (beginning in 2010, it will be administered in March) to dermatology residents.
The intent of the ITE is to identify knowledge-based strengths and
weaknesses in both the training program and the residents in a
non-punitive manner. Although participation in the in-training
examination program is voluntary, virtually all training programs participate
annually because both training directors and residents find the ITE to
be a valuable educational experience.
In 2009, the examination will be given on Thursday, April 2. In 2010, the examination will be given
on March 25, and on March 24 in 2011.
Applications are emailed to training programs in December and the
deadline for returning the applications to the Board office is January 16.
The fee is $100 per resident.
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