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What do I have to do to get into Dermatology?

I am interest in medicine and I want to know how long it takes to go into certain fields of medicine. If you have anything else to add about Dermatology, let me know! #medicine #doctor #healthcare #healthcare #biology #medical

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters


During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college. Also try to shadow a dermatologist or participate in research.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school dermatologists complete a one year internship followed by 3 years of dermatology residency.
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Koffi’s Answer

Hello Essie,

You have already received great insights from the first answers. Not only does it take a long time to get in and graduate from medical school, but it also requires a lot of dedication and passion. It's even longer when it comes to certain specialities such as dermatology. You need 4 years of undergraduate education with a high GPA, some research, presentations at conferences, and internship opportunities. As mentioned below, you also need to graduate from medical school with high GPA. However, above all, three things you need the most are a great personality, your willingness to strive and excel, and your extracurricular activities. Take time and consider the time and efforts required to do it and if you have the passion for the healthcare field, don't hesitate.
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Rachel’s Answer

Agree with above. Must be at the top of your medical school class, score very well on STEP I, and have research projects going at time of application.
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Estelle’s Answer


Dermatologists require the following training:
College Degree
4 years of medical school
1 year internship (usually in internal medicine)
3 years of derm residency

This is a very competitive field. You need to be at the top of your med school class to match into dermatology. Most applicants to derm residency have done derm research and have presented at conferences. Submitting papers to medical journals is also suggested.
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