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5 Things to Keep in Mind During the Last Year of Your Residency

As you prepare to end your dermatology residency and enter the profession, you have several things to consider. Here are five key points to help make the transition as smooth as possible:

1. Experience Different Types of Practices

During residency, thinking about what type of practice you want to join should sit at the forefront of your mind. There are many focuses and specializations available, so it’s vital to find a practice that will be a good fit for you. Depending on where you want to direct your focus, you may need to pursue a specialization in a specific branch of dermatology.

2. Start the Job Process Early

Your last year of dermatology residency is a great time to celebrate your accomplishments so far, and it’s also the best time to look for career opportunities. This process takes longer than you might think, so it’s recommended to begin at least 12 months prior to finishing your training program. If you need visa sponsorship from an employer, begin the process 18 months prior to graduation. The longer you wait, the more competition there is and the more challenging it is to find a position that matches your qualifications and interests.

3. Maximize Your Network Connections

The importance of your network connections cannot be overlooked. When you need a job referral or reference or have questions about compensation or employers, your network is the place to start. Be professional and nurture these relationships because you never know where those connections may lead in your career.

4. Remember to Practice Self-Care

Your last year of residency can feel like a whirlwind. Make sure you find time for yourself and establish healthy habits both mentally and physically. Identify ways to relax and de-stress so you can stay focused and productive while giving quality care to your patients.

5. Begin Studying for Boards Early

Studying for your boards well in advance is one of the most important actions you can take during your residency. The sooner you start, the more confident and prepared you will be when taking your exam. Studying for boards can seem tedious, but the work will be worth it when you achieve your goals. Set a clear study schedule and balance it with fun and self-care.

Transition From Your Last Year of Residency Into Your Career

Transition From Your Last Year of Residency Into Your Career

Whether you’ve already begun your job search or you’re looking for a place to start, explore open career opportunities through Dermcare. We strive to help new professionals like you leave your last year of residency and find the best roles.

To learn more about our open positions, visit our Medical Provider Career Opportunities page. You can reach out to us directly with any questions at


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