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How many years of school do dermatologist have to have?

Do they have to go to medical school? Also do they have to have a residency? #school #forever

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Hi Cameron! So first you go to college and obtain a Bachelor's, you are a premed student at the time because you will be completing prerequisite courses for medical school preparation. Some of these courses are chemistry, biology, physics, etc., but you can be any major and apply to medical school (such as History or Psychology for example to name a couple), then you will take the MCAT and apply to medical school. Medical school is four years where at first you will do general training in all specialities and then branch off towards the final years of medical school, which are known as electives. After medical school, residency for dermatology is 1 year interning as a general surgeon or internal medicine and then completing 3 years in dermatology. As a resident you are getting paid as you will be helping patients and are not a student anymore. So overall, schooling would be 8 years and then plus 4 for residency; usually the time it takes to be a physician is about 12 years with slight variation.

As a side note for information about the MCAT: The MCAT is usually taken around your junior year of college, sometimes it can vary but keep in mind that if you apply to medical school in 2020 for example you will be applying for 2021 matriculation. This is the reason why planning around the MCAT is important if you'd like to begin medical school after college. If you take the MCAT the end of your junior year, like summer and apply that year as well, then a year will be spent where you will be attending interviews and waiting for an acceptance (this will be in the senior year of college).

Be sure to check out AAMC.org for more information for premed to medical route!

I wish you the best!

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