Dermatology Schools

Find tips for selecting a school to study the medical specialty of dermatology. Learn education, training, certification and licensure requirements for dermatologists. Schools offering Esthetics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

If you are looking to become a dermatologist, you will need to complete a dermatology residency program. For more information on these residency programs, including prerequisites, contents of a program, and where to find them, check out the article below.

What Is the Recommended Education Path to Become a Dermatologist?

Following graduation from a 4-year undergraduate school - which should include courses in physics, math, biology and chemistry - you must sit for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). With strong scores, you can enroll in a 4-year regimen at an accredited medical school or school of osteopathy, earning an M.D. or D.O.

Upon completion of medical or osteopathy school, you're eligible to sit for a licensing examination. All medical doctors and osteopaths must be licensed to practice in the United States. The exam you sit for is either the United States Medical Licensing Exam (if you're an allopath or medical doctor), or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam if you're an osteopath.

Once you've obtained your license, you can submit an application - accompanied by a specified number of letters of recommendation - to a residency program in dermatology, which takes 3-4 years to complete. Upon completion of your residency or 1-2 years of practice, you may qualify to sit for specialty certification exams in dermatology, administered by the American Board of Dermatology of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Board of Certification in Dermatology of the American Board of Physician Specialties.

Which Schools Offer Dermatology Residency Programs?

You can find dermatology residency programs at a multitude of universities, such as the ones listed here:

  • Oregon Health & Sciences University houses a Dermatology Residency program
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine provides a Dermatology Residency program
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has a Dermatology Residency program

How Do I Find Accredited Schools or Programs?

As of 2011, the Association of American Medical Colleges listed of 134 American and 17 Canadian accredited member medical schools. If your interest lies in an osteopathic approach to the practice of medicine, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association offers an online directory of accredited schools. As of 2010, the list contained 29 institutions. In order to locate an accredited dermatology program, you can again avail yourself of the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education. The directory, compiled in 2008, lists 114 schools that offer approved dermatology programs.

Online courses in dermatology are available at a number of schools. You may be able to use them to fulfill continuing medical education requirements. Some online courses are designed for primary care physicians who are not necessarily dermatologists.

What Is Covered in a Typical Program?

According to the American Board of Dermatology, a residency program in dermatology takes four years to complete. The first year residency is actually the preparatory or transitional section of the program. You must complete 12 months of clinical training in an area such as family medicine, pediatrics, general surgery or emergency medicine.

During the next thee years, you cover all aspects of dermatology, including pediatric and adult dermatology, contact and occupational dermatology, phototherapy, dermatopathology, cutaneous surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Training includes medical and surgical approaches to dermatological treatments. You participate in extensive rotations and various lecture series.

Generally during your final year, you have the opportunity to concentrate in a subspecialty. Subspecialties can include areas such as genetic skin disorders, Moh's surgery (which is also known as chemosurgery), cutaneous lymphoma, HIV dermatology or rheumatologic dermatology.

Dermatology residency programs are an important step in becoming a certified dermatologist. Programs include all aspects of dermatology and require extensive rotations; students can also choose specific concentrations within the field.

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