To be eligible for certification in Dermatology through the
specialty Board of Certification in Dermatology, the applicant must:
1. Submit an Dermatology application form complete with required
application processing fee, two (2) passport-size photographs taken
within the last 90 days, and a notarized signature.
2. Be in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the American Board of
Physician Specialties, be known in his/her community as an ethical
member of the profession, and be an active specialist in
3. Be a graduate of a recognized college of medicine, confirmed by a
copy of an allopathic/osteopathic degree or a letter of verification
from the institution where the degree was earned. In the case of
foreign medical schools, an English translation of the document is
also required. Graduates of foreign medical schools must also
include a copy of the ECFMG Certificate. Canadian medical schools
and medical training programs are considered equivalent to U.S.
medical schools and medical training programs.
4. Hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the
United States or its territories or in Canada and submit copies of
all licenses. License(s) must include date of expiration.
5. Submit current curriculum vitae which includes medical school
experiences and degrees earned in chronological order.
6.Be a graduate of a medical school accredited by the American
Osteopathic Association, Liaison Committee for Medical Education or
the Committee for the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools.
7. Have completed an ACGME or AOA-accredited residency in
The ABPS now accepts all residencies accepted by the Royal College
of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). ABPS, therefore, now
accepts all residencies approved by ACGME, AOA, or RCPSC. It should
be noted that the ABPS accepts ALL medical residencies approved by
the RCPSC, including approved residencies outside Canada.
8. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from Diplomates of a
Board of Certification in ABPS, ABMS, or the American Board of
Dermatology, or the American Osteopathic Board Dermatology. Letters
of recommendation must be current and on letterhead stationary,
which includes a telephone number. Letters submitted on plain paper
without an address or telephone number of the signatory are not
acceptable. The BCIM recommends that the letters be sent to the
applicant for inclusion with other application documents.
9. All U.S. physicians must do a self-Query of the national
Practitioner Data Bank and submit a sealed (unopened envelope) copy
of the report as part of the application process. The report need
not be submitted with the application but must be provided in order
for the applicant to be approved to take the written examination.
For information on performing a self-query of the Bank, go to the
website www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov for information.
All Canadian physicians must request and submit a testament
statement from each province in which a license is held, verifying
that there have been no disciplinary actions against the applicant.
10. All physicians must allow AAPS to perform a background check,
attested by initialing the appropriate line on the application form.
11. All physicians must submit the signed candidate appeal form.
12. Payment of appropriate fees.
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