Trends in matching into Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship among underrepresented minority applicants from 2016 to 2020: a retrospective review study

Arch Dermatol Res. 2023 Mar;315(2):287-289. doi: 10.1007/s00403-022-02367-7. Epub 2022 Jun 25.


Disparities in racial diversity in the field of dermatology continue to persist given that dermatology has the second lowest percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM), only second to orthopedic surgery. This study aims to investigate any trends in racial representation of Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) fellowship applicants over a five-year period from 2016 to 2020. Dermatology residency applicant race data were extracted from the San Francisco Match for application seasons 2016-2020 for a retrospective review study. There was an overall increase in the number of MMS fellowship applicants during the five-year study period. Prior to 2018 (midpoint of study), 6.6% of matched applicants and 10.9% of unmatched applicants identified as URMs, compared to 8.1% of matched applicants and 10.1% of unmatched applicants after 2018, but this increase was not statistically significant (p = 0.62). There is hope that Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship applicants are becoming more racially diverse with improved representation of underrepresented minorities.

Keywords: Diversity and inclusion; Education; Mohs and Micrographic Surgery fellowship; Underrepresented minorities.

MeSH terms

  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Minority Groups
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Retrospective Studies