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.
To apply to our program for July 2015 positions, simply send an updated curriculum vitae by e-mail to Donna Clanton by December 31, 2014. 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
Like the majority of dermatopathology programs, we were originally planning to use the ERAS electronic application service for positions to begin in 2015. The majority of the 54 dermatopathology fellowship programs had agreed to use this service for the first time in this cycle, to make applications easier for the applicants. Unfortunately, ERAS insists that they do not allow any specialties in medicine to require applications to be submitted earlier than 18 months in advance of a start date. A vocal group of dermatopathology programs decided that they could not deal with this requirement, and began accepting applications 24 months in advance, per their long tradition. ERAS has considered this unfair to applicants, but was told that dermatopathology is very competitive and that these programs did not care about the applicants’ feelings about the current difficult hodgepodge of application requirements. After some programs jumped ship, others began to do so too, because of the fear that they would lose the best applicants to those programs setting early application deadlines. A meeting of program directors in October 2013 resulted in the cancellation of ERAS use for all programs during this cycle, even programs like ours which were still planning to use it. We apologize for the miserable national application process and are hopeful that the use of some kind of more uniform application process can be adopted in the future.