Fellow eligibility and selection
M.D. or D.O. applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Pathology or Dermatology prior to beginning the Dermatopathology Fellowship. The fellowship follows all institutional policies for resident (fellow) selection, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age, or disability. Fellows must meet criteria for licensure or a Physician In-Training (PIT) permit from the Texas Medical Board prior to beginning the program. We prefer applicants from medical schools accredited by LCME. Accepted candidates are expected to meet criteria to take the certification examination in dermatopathology given by the American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology, outlined in detail on their websites.
Typically applicants with USMLE part I scores above 220 are given priority, but there is no set standard other than a passing score. Other criteria that are considered include dean’s letter, letters of reference, CV, personal statement, medical school activities, extracurricular activities, perceived potential for excellence in private practice or in academia, advanced training, past research experience, publications, presentations, diversity considerations, disadvantaged background, class rank, and AOA election. We have no set formula for calculating the relative importance of these criteria.
We often accept candidates two years in advance, as per the practice of many USA dermatopathology programs. There is discussion about a national dermatopathology match for 2021 (beginning with 2019 applications). All of the positions are full until the start date of 2021. Until the 2021 match is initiated, you can email CVs to Donna Clanton. You may also submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation if you wish, but these are optional for initial screening.
We will require further information only from those candidates we are considering for interview, to make sure they meet requirements of our institution, licensing and certifying boards, etc.
Department of Dermatology
6655 Travis St, Suite 980
Houston, TX 77030