I am 17 years old and have applied and received interviews at quite a few combined Bachelor/MD programs, which I would enter this coming fall, after graduation from high school. I have 2 questions regarding this: 1) My first question is whether dermatology residency programs look upon you more favorably if you've gone through a combined degree program directly after high school and if it means anything when it comes to residency selection. This is more in reference to the accelerated six-year Bachelor/MD programs (below), in which I would save a total of 2 years from the traditional track of 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school. The last two out of the four listed six-year programs below do not have a dermatology residency program currently and are also thought to be lower caliber/lower ranked medical schools (I am not sure about Jefferson Medical College), although I would still have the benefit of graduating after 6 years. Would the acceleration still be seen as a positive (having saved 2 years to be able to do research or teach in an academic department at an earlier age than everyone else) even at a not-so-good medical school? 6 year Bachelor/MD programs ~Pennsylvania State University and Jefferson Medical College ~UT at Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical School ~Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (no derm program) ~University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine (no derm program) The other programs that I have applied to are below, all of which are 8-year programs except BU (so the only benefit to these programs are the guaranteed acceptance to medical school). There is no opportunity to accelerate the undergrad part, even with AP credit. More prestigious medical schools with Bachelor/MD programs, (all have dermatology residency programs): ~Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (8 years) ~Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (8 years) ~University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (8 years) ~Boston University School of Medicine (7 years) ~Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (8 years) ~Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (8 years) ~University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (8 years) 2) My second question is if I enter a Bachelor/MD program whose medical school has a dermatology residency, would it be good to get involved in dermatology-related clinical or basic science research starting as a college freshman (like maybe starting with case reports and working my way up in publishing complexity)? Or would that be considered too early or would I be considered too young to start, and I should instead just wait till I get to the medical school portion of the program? The one advantage I can see to starting as a freshman in college is that I would have a lot more publications under my belt by the time I would apply to residency. Thank you for any help in answering my questions and good luck to all of you in the Match.