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Any advice that you have for people still studying to become a dermatologist?

Hello,my name is Teresa. I am a student wanting to study to become a dermatologist. Is there anything different from what you learned in school v.s the real world? Is there any advice that you have for people still studying to become a dermatologist? What subject do I need to study in order to become a dermatologist? What books and/or tools that you found very helpful while still studying to become a dermatologist? What tools do you wish that you had while you were still in school?

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Michel’s Answer

You can study any field you want in college, but you will have prereq classes that you will need to fulfill in order to get into medical school. These are biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, genetics, psychology, and sociology, along with stats or calculus. This is the reason a lot of people end up doing a science related degree, but you can major in other things if you wish.

I wouldn’t worry about studying yet for dermatology. If you are interested in the medical field I suggest you shadow a physician and see what it is like. Once you decide this is something you want to pursue you can work towards getting into medical school. Get into medical school and during third year you will get a really good idea of what you are interested in pursuing. Once you finish medical school you will then start studying material like Dermatology.
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Ebony
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Fred’s Answer

A dermatologist is an MD. That means high school, college, med school, and then a residency and internship, which can be another 2-6 years (I think). You'd probably want to take a lot of science and math through high school. Pre-med students usually major in bio or chem. Some business classes may be a good idea as well.
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