Have you decided to enter into the field of Dermatology?
Before you consider entering into medical school, you should get
as much experience as you can working with people who need help.
Volunteer your time in a hospital, a community center or in a
nursing home. You will learn more about becoming a caring doctor
here than in school.
The Dermatologist's High School Career
If you are still in high school when you decide to become a
dermatologist, you can steer your career in the right direction.
Take advantage of the opportunity to get an early start in the math
and science areas of your education while you can. Choose your
medical school early, and find out about their admission
requirements. You may not be required to get a bachelor's degree
before entering into medical school. You may only need two years of
undergraduate work in order to be accepted.
Take advanced placement
courses and maintain a high GPA. Effort made then can go a long way
toward furthering your education in medicine.
Take advanced courses in science and
Advanced placement courses
will help you with college admissions.
thinking about the college or colleges you are interested in early
in your high school career.
2. Find out
the admissions requirements for each college and strive to fulfill
3. Get high
scores on your SAT. In addition to helping you get accepted into the
college of your choice, you could also qualify for
volunteering at a hospital or in a dermatologist's office to learn
about the field of medicine overall, and about dermatology
Prerequisites for medical school require two to four years of
undergraduate training in a science or pre-medical degree.
Admissions also require successful completion of the Medical College
Admission Test (MCAT). Medical schools also consider extracurricular
activities, grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Various schools and colleges offer flexible course schedules that
range from day, night and weekend classes and training sessions.
School for Dermatology
The next step in the process is to enter in to medical school.
Medical school for dermatology lasts on average four years.
Graduation from an approved and accredited medical school will give
you an MD title. MD is the standard title for a Medical Doctor. Once
you complete medical school, your long educational road is not yet
over. You still have a number of additional avenues for education
ahead of you. This is going to include an internship, and a lengthy
period of residency training. In terms of admission, no residency is
more competitive than dermatology.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
should be taken while you pursue your undergraduate degree. MCAT
scores, along with GPA averages, are the primary determiners of
whether you'll be accepted into medical school. The MCAT is
comprised of four sections:
1. Physical sciences
2. Verbal reasoning
3. Biological sciences
4. A writing sample
The Medical College Admissions Test's official website contains
valuable tips and instructions for those preparing to take the MCAT,
including an MCAT online practice test. You can take the test more
than once if necessary, but keep in mind some schools will only look
at the most recent exam score.The Princeton Review: Strategies for
Second-Time Applicants4 Consider a school's policies before taking
the MCAT multiple times.
Attend Medical School
Once you have obtained a four-year degree from an accredited school
and taken the MCAT, you should apply to medical school. Most medical
schools use the American Medical College Application Service's
online medical service to screen first-round applicants. Deadlines
for submitting your applications vary among medical schools, so be
safe and submit yours early.
Once you have filled out and submitted the application:
1. You will be contacted if any of your
chosen schools are interested. A second application will then be
2. On the second application, you will
likely be asked to write a detailed essay.
3. You will also be asked to submit any
letters of recommendation you may have.
4. There will likely be a fee to submit a
second application.The Princeton Review: Medical School
Applications5 If you are unable to afford the application fee, the
Association of American Medical Colleges offers an assistance
program (FAP) for qualified applicants.
5. Upon acceptance of your second application,
an on-campus interview is usually scheduled at the medical school. A
final decision on your application is typically made after this
Once you have been accepted to medical school, you can expect
to spend four very intense years studying all aspects of medicine.
The first two years are typically spent in the classroom, attending
numerous lectures and labs. The science-based curriculum will likely
include classes in:
1. Clinical human
anatomy and gross
6. PathologyMedSchoolReady.com: A Taste of
Medical School - What You Do6
During year two of medical school, you will take the first part of
the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). This exam
helps to gauge how well a student can apply basic sciences to the
practice of medicine. The second part of the USMLE is typically
taken during a medical school student's senior year; the third part
of the exam is taken during the first year of residency.UW Medicine:
United States Medical Licensing Examination...
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