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what does it take to open a dermatology practice on your own?

a high school student considering the option of becoming a dermatologist
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Estelle’s Answer

My sister is a dermatologist who started a practice on her own. It was a lot of work, but she now has an extremely busy practice that is organized the way she likes. To start a practice you would need a business plan, bank loan, location (rent vs buy), practice software/hardware for EMR and billing, Exam tables, waiting room furniture, medical equipment and supplies. It's also takes blood, sweat, and tears. (:

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Sachin’s Answer

Hi Danna,

Thanks for the question. You would have to first earn a bachelor's degree that meets the prerequisites for admission into medical school. After graduation, aspiring dermatologists move on to four years of medical school, with coursework focusing on human anatomy and physiology, medical ethics and law, pharmacology and other related topics.

Source: https://www.howtobecome.com/how-to-become-a-dermatologist

Hope this helps!

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Rachel’s Answer

Starting your own medical practice involves a significant amount of administrative work. Many physicians are not prepared for this since very little business education is provided in the 12 years of post-highschool training that is required to become a dermatologist. You need to negotiate insurance contracts, hire employees, do payroll, provide health insurance, etc. A lot is learned from trial and error. Going in with an older partner can sometimes be helpful.
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