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A Dermatologist is a Medical Doctor who specializes
in the skin and external integument of the body. To become a Dermatologist begins much
like any other Physician’s course of study would. You must complete a Bachelors Degree
at a four year University. Most Pre-Med students will choose to major in a Science program
because that will ensure that they have all the prerequisites that they need for Medical
School. But it is not required that you major in a Science, you can also major in a Liberal
Arts program, for instance, as long as you make sure you do all of the Science prerequisites.
That would be a year of General Chemistry, a year of Organic Chemistry, a year of Physical
Sciences and two years of Biological Sciences. During your Undergraduate career, you want
to really focus on maintaining a strong GPA. Applying to Medical School is a highly competitive
process and in fact, less than half of those who apply are actually accepted, So, to be
a really strong candidate, you want to have a GPA of 3.75 or higher, at, towards the end
of your Undergraduate career, when you’re getting ready to apply to Medical School,
you’ll need to take what’s called the Medical College Admissions Test, or the MCAT. The
MCAT is an exam that tests your basic knowledge of the Physical and Biological Sciences, Verbal
Reasoning and Writing, and is required for all students who apply to Medical School.
After taking the MCAT, you’ll actually apply to Medical College and there is a standardized
applications service called AMCAS, that most of the Medical Colleges in the United States
use. You can apply to one or all of the one hundred and twenty one participating schools
through the AMCAS system. Upon being accepted to Medical School, you’ll be embarking on
an additional four year course of study. The first two years are typically focused on didactic
instruction in Health Science, with some CLinical exposure during the first two years. You will
then need to pass what’s known as the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1, which
covers your basic knowledge of Health Science, Disease Process, and Treatment Modalities.
The second two years of Medical School focus primarily Clinical skills, and teaching you
the basic knowledge and competency that you will need in order to practice Medicine as
a Physician. AT the end of the second two years, you will need to pass what’s known
as USMLE Step 2, which covers your knowledge of basic Clinical skill. At this point you
graduate from Medical School and are conferred the degree of either M.D. or D.O., depending
on whether you go to an Allopathic Medical School or an Osteopathic Medical School. Either
way, you’re privileges as a Physician are the same. It is at this point that you actually
begin to specialize. In this case, we’re looking at the path to becoming a Dermatologist. Now
that requires a residency in Dermatology. So you’ll need to match to a residency program
in Dermatology and begin your Graduate Medical Education, or GME training, which is an additional
course of study beyond your coursework in Medical School, and it is during this time
that you’ll really learn how to be a Dermatologist. Once you complete your Residency program,
you can take the State Board Exam in the State in which you wish to practice, or you can,
you can take the Board in multiple States and then you’re ready to practice independently
as a Dermatologist.

18 thoughts on “How to Get Medical Jobs : How to Become a Dermatologist

  1. I really want to be cosmetic dermatologist…or aesthetic dermatologist…however, the length of schooling is SO lONG!…AND the MCAT scares me already! 🙁

  2. To all of the bright-eyed high school students who wish to pursue a career as a physician, let alone a specialized dermatologist, know that you must be WILLING TO WORK extremely hard for many years during undergrad, medical school, and residency. Matching into dermatology isn't a cakewalk. Most of my friends who actually managed to match this year had outstanding EC's, were part of the AOA (alpha omega alpha medical honor society), and were within the top 5-10% of my class. Good luck all.

  3. Crap, im only in my second year of college , 19 yrs old and im thinking of going for a dermatology degree…. that means imma be done by the time im like 32?…..Fuck! lmao but ehh, im willing to do the work. its gonna pay off at the end 😉

  4. sigh…i guess i'll never have much of a life after high school. oh well. this career interests me, regardless of the shit ton of work

  5. @LilAngelNana Yeah I got over it, I do still want to be a dermatologist and I will be haha I was just a little intimidated for a while. It'll be worth it, I know it will be. I can't imagine doing anything else.

  6. @murderousbastard83 There are many useless proffesions in the world, but it doesn't matter. People get paid for not doing anything everyday, it's not just a dermatologist.

  7. There are alot of people out there who want this job for the money. I warn you, there are many doctors out there today who care nothing of their patients, only their wallets. But remember. KARMAS A BITCH.

  8. The skin is the largest organ of the body…Think about it, it spans your entire body. It is not surprising therefore that the school of dermatology is one of the most difficult to get into.

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