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What's the best thing about being a dermatologist?

I don't really know what I want to do when I'm older, but dermatology sounds interesting. I want to know if it's worth it, though. #high-school #dermatology #motivation #medicine

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Mahmoud’s Answer

In demand career

Exceptional work schedule compared to other medical careers

Variety (dermatologists are trained in surgical & non-surgical procedures)

Innovative and ever-changing treatments

Great career for those who are friendly and have a good bedside manner

Good for individuals that have compassion

Flexibility of practice offers balance between career and personal life

Income opportunities available outside of typical patient care

Being able to have significant impact on psychological well-being of patients

Most cases are not emergencies or time sensitive (like other medical careers)

CONS

Length of study ranges from 10-15 years

Difficult/competitive to match with a dermatology residency program

Gruelling schedule through medical school and residency

Pressure to have perfect skin throughout the career

Dermatology viewed as a “lighter” specialty in the physician community

Sometimes the bearer of bad news
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Estelle’s Answer

My sister is a dermatologist, and she has a tremendous impact on so many patients. She counsels on how to prevent skin cancer, and she diagnoses and treats skin cancer. Everyone can benefit from a dermatologic evaluation at some point in their lives, and dermatologists are in high demand. They diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions and also have a huge impact in protecting their patients' self esteem by protecting their appearance.
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Thomas’s Answer

PROS

In demand career

Exceptional work schedule compared to other medical careers

Salary between $200,000-$500,000 per year

Variety (dermatologists are trained in surgical & non-surgical procedures)

Innovative and ever-changing treatments

Great career for those who are friendly and have a good bedside manner

Good for individuals that have compassion

Flexibility of practice offers balance between career and personal life

Income opportunities available outside of typical patient care

Being able to have significant impact on psychological well-being of patients

Most cases are not emergencies or time sensitive (like other medical careers)

CONS

Length of study ranges from 10-15 years

Cost of undergraduate and medical school can range from $225,000 to $525,000

Difficult/competitive to match with a dermatology residency program

Grueling schedule through medical school and residency

Pressure to have perfect skin throughout the career

People asking to have their skin problems looked at outside of work

Dermatology viewed as a “lighter” specialty in the physician community

Sometimes the bearer of bad news
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