The BASIC Exam Content Outline was developed by a committee of the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) for the purpose of preparing the BASIC Examination. The BASIC Exam is assessment of fundamental knowledge and skills. It is intended as an evaluation of residents nearing completion of their first year of dermatology training. The approximate numbers of items on the exam are listed in parentheses after each heading. These numbers and the percentages from each content area are approximations only; actual numbers may vary. Not all the content listed will appear on a given exam, and ABD does not guarantee that the content of every item on a given exam is contained within this outline.