A dermatologist is a specially trained doctors who diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes (such as those lining the eyelids, mouth and nose). If you have any significant problems with your skin, you should consider consulting with a trained dermatologist at Huntington Dermatology. Dermatologists are capable of see, diagnosing, and helping patients at every stage of life, from newborn infants to the elderly. Dermatologists also improve the appearance of their patients' skin, hair, and nails. For example, a dermatologist can help patients:
- Diminish wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging
- Have less noticeable acne scars
- Remove skin cancer
What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the skin, hair and nails. A physician who specialized in this field is called a dermatologist. Dermatologists identify and remove skin cancers, cysts, and other skin growths. They also help treat other skin issues such as acne, skin allergies, rashes, and abnormalities of the skin such as psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, and more. Many dermatologists also do some aesthetic, elective procedures such as laser treatments, anti-aging, botox injections, and collagen injections. The definition of dermatology is provided by About.com. http://healthcareers.about.com/od/h/g/dermatology.htm
To become a fully trained and licensed dermatologist, there are at minimum of four stages of training required in the US.
1. Anyone wishing to become a dermatologist must earn a college degree.
2. The college graduate must graduate from medical school becoming either a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO).
3. The doctor then must complete at least one-year of internship in a hospital or clinic to gather hands-on medical experience. For trainee dermatologists, this internship is often carried out in an associated field, such as general surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine or pediatrics.
4. Once the internship is complete, the trainee dermatologist can enter into a dermatology residency program. They are then known as a dermatology resident and receive training in surgical procedures, diagnosis, and treatment for the vast array of conditions that they will go on to face, all while seeing patients. A dermatology residency program will last at least 3 years.