Dermatology Residency Programs

Find out about the residency process required for a career as a dermatologist. Get information about the length of a residency, the tasks required during it and licensure after it's completed. Schools offering Esthetics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Prerequisites for a Dermatology Residency?

Dermatologists are physicians who specialize in disorders affecting the human body's largest organ - the skin. If you're interested in becoming a dermatologist, you'll need to complete a science-related or pre-medicine bachelor's degree from an accredited school, after which you'll need to attend medical school, which typically takes four years to finish. After you graduate from medical school, you'll need to complete a residency program, which typically lasts three years, in order to obtain a license. You'll likely want to consider looking for a residency that carries accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

PrerequisitesBachelor's degree, medical school, medical residency
Responsibilities during ResidencyProvide care for adults and adolescents, perform cosmetic procedures, attend lectures and seminars
Length of ProgramTypically 3 years, specializations may require an additional year
Licensure and CertificationMust pass exam offered by the American Board of Dermatology
Median Salary (2018)* $203,880 (for physicians and surgeons, all other including dermatologists)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 11% (for physicians and surgeons, all other including dermatologists)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Do During My Residency?

Dermatology residencies provide training in a number of areas, such as surgical dermatology, dermatopathology (the study of how skin diseases are caused) and cosmetic dermatology. Your residency program will typically involve a mixture of clinical rotations where you'll provide direct care to adolescent and adult patients. Some of the duties associated with this work include consulting and performing cosmetic procedures or excisions. You'll also attend lectures, conferences and seminars and may also have the opportunity to perform research as part of your residency.

In addition to completing clinical work, you'll also assist in instructing medical residents and students. Your first year of residence will also likely involve a rotation in dermatologic surgery. During your last year, you may also have the opportunity to pursue specialized work in different areas, such as pathology or phototherapy.

How Long Will My Residency Last?

Dermatology residencies typically require three years to complete. However, if you're pursuing certification in a specialized area of dermatology, such as dermatopathology or dermatological immunology, you'll need to complete another year of training in a fellowship. You may also be required to complete your residency within five years of starting it.

What Kind of License or Certification Will I Need?

In order to work as a dermatologist, you'll need to successfully complete your residency program and pass a licensure exam offered by the American Board of Dermatology. The exam is offered annually and consists of a written component, in addition to a diagnostic component.

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