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Do dermatology programs value non-dermatology research?

All research experiences are considered, not just ones related to dermatology. A background in research suggests that a student has exposure to hypothesis-driven thinking and may be able to more critically new information as well ask questions related to patient care more readily.

It is understood that only students with a long-term interest in dermatology would necessarily have research experience related to dermatology. That being said, having a research experience in dermatology also enables a closer relationship to a dermatology program, an increased understanding of a particular cutaneous issue, and most importantly mentorship with the research director who may support your application.


Should I mention research I worked on, but did not present?

If you participated in the research, then it is worth mentioning even if you were not able to present or publish the work.
 

What does the position of publication authorship imply?

First and last positions in authorship are more highly valued than those in between. For a junior person, first is best, but second is good. Last is really reserved for the most senior person on the team, typically the person who provided the infrastructure and funding for the work and the overall vision for the organization doing the work.
 

Are all types of research publication viewed equally? (Case reports, Abstracts, Reviews)

There are different forms of research and its quality is vetted best by the reputation/impact factor of the journal that publishes the work and the nature of the publication (original research with results of a discovery or intervention > reviews > observations or case reports or letters to the editor > abstracts). Each tier of manuscript (case report, abstract, etc) is weighted differently by the interview committee, as each tier requires different level of effort and expertise.

How should I classify my research publications in ERAS? (Peer-reviewed, In-press, published, etc)

Submissions are peer reviewed in some journals and not in others. Your mentors can help you determine if the work is being submitted to a peer reviewed journal.

Submitted: The manuscript is sent to the editor and awaiting a response.

Provisional accepted: Editor responded that they will accept your manuscript if all concerns are addressed.

Accepted: You have answered the editor’s queries, and they have stated that it will be published.

In press: You have been given the date, issue, and volume number of publication.

Published: Manuscript is now in print, available online, and/or listed on PubMed.

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