A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of the skin, nails, hair, and even ears. Most patients visit dermatologists for more serious issues than just skin deep. Problems with the skin can damage patients’ sense of themselves, cause discomfort that makes daily tasks difficult, interfere with normal activities, and in some cases, even threaten lives. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat all skin-related problems, ensuring that their clients remain healthy and satisfied.Learn more by visiting West Dermatology Rancho Santa Margarita
For many dermatologists, earning a four year degree will give them the credentials they need to start their own practice. In order to become a qualified dermatologist, one must pass both the Board Certified Dermatologist examinations and the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAFD) certification exam. Once qualified, they must spend two years in residency before qualifying for state certification. After that, they must complete a minimum of five years of advanced training in dermatology, receiving both specialized training in the field of skin care and general dermatology.
Many dermatologists begin their careers by taking either a three year or four-year medical school program; however, those looking to continue their education after finishing a four-year program can pursue their degree through an accelerated program that allows them to complete their degrees in just two years. Some medical schools offer a deferred entry program that allows incoming students to participate in an extra year of residency while still undergoing training. Dermatology residency programs vary widely in length, from two years to four years.