December 6, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Dermatology is among the most highly competitive medical fields, and requires several years of education and training. If you are interested in becoming a dermatologist, you will first need to complete a four year medical school program after which you will have complete a residency training program in dermatology. This could take anywhere from three years to four years.
After you’ve completed your residency you will then have to complete at least one year of broad-based clinical training. If you choose to practice a subspecialty of dermatology you will be required to complete one additional year of training in that specialty.
There are several specialties in dermatology that you can opt to obtain additional training in, including:
Since skin conditions are usually highly visible and can have a great impact on patient’s quality of life, dermatologists often focus on cosmetic issues. You can obtain advanced training in several different innovative cosmetic techniques from collagen injections to laser therapy and minor plastic surgery to improve the appearance of the skin. Some dermatologists also perform skin grafting or vitiligo surgery, which is used to treat burn victims or large scars.
Dermatologists top the earning tables in Australia with an average annual salary of about AUD 50,000.
One of the most attractive things that draw medical students towards a career in dermatology is the prospect of working regular hours. This is one of the few specialties where there is little need to be on call. There are rarely any emergencies that will get you out of the house on a weekend or out of bed in the middle of the night.
Dermatologists are always in demand, whether it is for medical issues or concerns that are primarily cosmetic in nature. Because it is such a popular field, it can also be a very competitive job market. The best place to find opportunities would be large cities and urban areas where the average income is significantly higher.