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What is a day in the life like for a Dermatologist?

Skincare is something that is very important to me. I love trying new products and seeing what works best for my skin. I am always up to talk about skin care products and what to use. I think maybe if I got to learn a little bit more about dermatology I could possibly go to school for it. #career #doctor #skin #dermatology

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Dan’s Answer

Yes, Dermatology is much more than skin care -- it has more to do with disease of the skin versus cosmetics. As noted, you will need 4 years of undergraduate education in which you will need to excel in to get into medical schools, this is followed by medical school which you will also need to excel in to get a position in a dermatology residency, once in residency (3-4 years) you'll learn how to become a general dermatologist.
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Raquel’s Answer

Being passionate about skin care is great, but it is important to know that there is a lot more to being a dermatologist. Dermatologists deal with skin, hair, and nails in people of all age groups. The common condition that is people think of working with is severe acne, however there is a lot more to it than that. Dermatologists help people with a large variety of skin conditions such as eczema, they help diagnose and remove cancerous skin lesions and monitor moles for development of cancer, they treat warts, hair loss, and nail problems. These are just a few of the many things that dermatologists do. Some of the work includes minor procedures/surgeries such as removing cancerous moles or treating acne. If all of that is stuff that you are interested in then dermatology would be a great field for you! There is a lot of good that you can do, but there is much more to it than skin care.
It also takes a lot of work to become a dermatologist. You have to complete a bachelors degree (4 years), complete medical school (4 years), and do a residency (around 3 years). On top of that, in order to get in to medical school you have to take, and do well, on the MCAT exam, have volunteer hours, shadowing, research, and leadership experience to make yourself a good applicant. It takes a lot of work and dedication to become any sort of doctor, but the reward at the end is well worth it!
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