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The Medical Study of the Skin
Dermatologists examine, diagnose, treat, study, prescribe medication for, and attend meetings about different skin diseases. They see patients with complaints about their skin. These complaints include a section of their skin is itchy, bleeding, there’s a bump, etc. These problems can occur almost anywhere on the body including in the mouth, on the scalp, in the groin area, and on the knees and elbows. There are several different types of dermatology including pediatric, surgical and cosmetic, and dermapathology.
Different types of work you can do in dermatology include pediatric dermatology, surgical/cosmetic dermatology, dermapathology, and veterinary dermatology.
Pediatric dermatologists focus on the care of children with skin diseases. These diaeases/infections include acne, eczema, poison ivy, and other rashes.
Surgical and cosmetic dermatologists focus mainly with lasers to remove blemishes. They perform plastic surgery and liposuction.
Dermapathology specializes in the discovery of new diagnostic techniques. Dermapathologists work to provide comprehensive diagnostic abilities for skin lesions. They also write reports on different diagnoses
Veterinary Dermatologists diagnose skin diseases in domestic animals. This involves identifying the major clinical signs and then investigating all of the causes of this sign in a problem-solving manner.
Experience In Private Practice
>>Surgery is becoming a larger and larger part of dermatology and is expanding the field, creating more job opportunities than ever before.
Average Salaries In Dermatology
>>New Organizations such as camps for kids with severe skin disorders are formed all the time and also amount to new job opportunities for aspiring dermatologists.
To be a dermatologist...
You must go to college for 4 years
You need 4 years of medical school
You also spend 3 years just practicing with dermatologists to get specific experience.
You take part in an internship for a year in which you are paid. This is an opportunity to learn more about medicine or surgery etc. and you get to perform surgeries and such.
It’s also optional to be in a fellowship for a year or two to specialize in your field of dermatology.
why i chose THIS career...
I’m interested in dermatology and I have experience with skin disease in the family.
I am possibly interested in continuing in this career.The job sounds interesting and I do have personal experience with it.
examples of people i know...
my best friend’s mom and my personal dermatologist at kaiser
Dermatopathology: Services - Dermatology
American Association of Dermatology
Skin Care Physicians
New Zealand DERMNET