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Dermatology Continuing Education

After board certification, many dermatologists take continuing education to specialize in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology (the pathology of skin diseases), surgical dermatology, and dermatological immunology. Physicians are also required by medical boards to take continued education courses to maintain renew their license.

Medical Assistant Certificate

A 1-year medical assistant certificate program prepares students for clinical duties and administrative responsibilities in numerous types of healthcare settings. Potential dermatology technicians take courses in medical terminology, pharmacology, anatomy and dermatology. Administrative subjects covered include bookkeeping, clerical roles and insurance processing.

Associate of Applied Science for Medical Assistants

An associate's degree program in medical assisting takes 18-24 months to complete. Most programs include externships in a clinical setting where students are trained in telephone techniques, preparing medical records, taking blood and administering injections. Classroom instruction includes medical office procedures, computer applications, microbiology and hematology.

Job Experience

Medical dermatology technicians typically assist licensed dermatologists with medical procedures, while other technicians work independently in salons and spas to offer facials, hair removal and various skin care treatments. Medical technicians assist physicians or physician's assistants with medical office procedures including dermatology and pathology biopsy procedures. Many employers prefer experience in the dermatology field dealing with patient care and treatments, but entry-level positions are available. To learn how to find the right Dermatology job, go here.

Residency training program in North America

A minimum of 12 years of college and post graduate training is required to become a dermatologist in the United States and Canada. This includes graduation from a 4-year college where they will take Pre-Medicine, then a 4-year medical school followed by a year of post graduate training in medicine, surgery or pediatrics (called an internship) after which a physician may apply for admission to graduate dermatology residency training. Dermatology residencies are the most competitive in terms of admission. The nation's most prestigious residency training programs include New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California, San Francisco (known colloquially as the "Big Five"). Following the successful completion of formal residency training in dermatology (3 years) the physician is qualified to take certifying board examinations (written) by the American Board of Dermatology or the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Once board certified, dermatologists become Diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology or the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology AOCD. They are then eligible to apply for fellowship status in the American Academy of Dermatology. Some dermatologists undertake advanced subspecialty training in programs known as fellowships after completion of their residency training. These fellowships are either one or two years in duration. Fellowships in dermatology include pediatric dermatology, surgical dermatology including Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatopathology (pathology of skin diseases) and dermatological immunology.

Training programme in Australia

An Australian specialist dermatologist will have completed 4-6 years of medical school (depending on institution), one internship year and at least one year of general medical or surgical service in the public hospital system, prior to becoming eligible for specialist training in dermatology. The selection process is rigorous and transparent; candidates must pass science and pharmacology exams and engage in monitored and assessed practical training in all aspects of medical and surgical dermatology. At the completion of the 5 year training programme, trainees sit a national written examination held over two days. Successful candidates may then proceed to the practical viva examination, similarly held over 2 days. Successful candidates may then apply for Fellowship status with the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Training program in India

To be a dermatologist in India, a minimum of 2 years (for diploma ) or 3 years (for MD) of training is required after graduation from medical school and internship. The period involves rigorous training in all aspects of general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatosurgery, venereal diseases (including HIV) and leprosy. At the end of the training period the resident has to go through written tests and clinical exams. The postgraduate qualification awarded is DVD (Diploma in Venereology and Dermatology) and MD (dermatology, venereology and leprosy). Many specialists also go for certification by the national board (for the award of 'diplomate of national board'). The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists(IADVL)is one of the largest dermatolological associations in the world.


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