The Work Group distributed a survey to medical students, residents and program directors to assess perceptions of dermatology residency program transparency.4 The survey found that the majority of both trainees and program directors feel there is currently inadequate transparency. The main barrier to transparency cited by program directors was lack of guidelines. To address this deficit, the Transparency Work Group has created the following recommendations for residency programs based on the data generated from the aforementioned survey (Table 1):
1. Maintain an up-to-date program website.
First and most importantly, residency programs should keep an up-to-date website as over 90% of trainees utilize this source for program-specific information.4 In addition to the items listed in Table 1, changes to the selection and recruitment process due to the COVID-19 pandemic should be outlined on each program’s website. It is preferable to have an updated website before applications can begin to be submitted.