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GUIDELINES FOR COMBINED TRAINING
IN DERMATOLOGY AND INTERNAL MEDICINE

OBJECTIVES

Combined residency training in internal medicine and dermatology is designed to permit the acquisition of knowledge and experience across both disciplines that will aid in the care of patients with complex medical and dermatologic illnesses. This includes, but is not limited to, the management of autoimmune and blistering disorders, cutaneous vasculidities, lymphomas, other unusual cutaneous tumors, severe dermatoses requiring toxic immunomodulatory therapies and pernicious leg ulcers, as well as the recognition of the dermatologic manifestations and implications of systemic diseases. This combined training will prepare internist-dermatologists for careers in clinical practice or on academic faculties as specialists in the broad spectrum of adult illness shared by internal medicine and dermatology.

Combined training includes the components of independent internal medicine and dermatology residency programs that are accredited respectively by the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine and by the Residency Review Committee for Dermatology, both of which function under the auspices of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. While combined training will not be independently accredited by the RRCs and the ACGME, the continued approved accreditation status of the parent internal medicine and dermatology programs is essential for the stability and continued approval of the combined training program in internal medicine and dermatology. Residents for combined training must not be recruited if the accreditation status of either program is probationary or provisional. Proposals for combined residency training programs must be submitted to and approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology before a candidate can be accepted into this joint training.

The ABIM and ABD will review training in each combined program approximately every five years.

Program Directors -- Download the Internal Medicine-Dermatology Combined Residency Training Program application here.