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What are some good colleges that can help me become a Dermatologist ?

I know I will need to go to college to pursue this career. I was wondering if there were any colleges in particular that I should look at?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Addy !

I am so happy that you have chosen my favorite realm of medicine - Dermatology ! I would be happy to give you some lay person advice about this career and give you information about what you have asked.

I would advise first looking into colleges where you live. I have left a link below for you of colleges to explore. It is a total of 12 years to become a doctor. The next link I have for you below is information about getting into medical school, statistics and profiles of the colleges. Also explore Medical Schools of Osteopathic Medicine. You may not be familiar with this type of medical school but it is run under the same AMA guidelines as the other medical schools, except there is additional training that regular medical schools don't teach, such as full semester courses in Nutrition and palliative care. You would become a medical doctor with the degree of O.D. Cover all bases.

You will have to decide if you want to go to college in-state or out of state. Than you'd want to decide on the expenses, how much you'll be able to contribute to your education depending on your budget for college. Any medical school will be good because they all basically make sure that you will be ready to be a doctor once you are finished. It would be your own personal choice as to which school to choose. Becoming a Dermatologist is a strong commitment but worth it.

I hope that this was helpful and I wish you all the best !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN MINNESOTA https://med-colleges.com/minnesota
INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN MINNESOTA https://www.shemmassianconsulting.com/blog/medical-schools-in-minnesota
MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/rankings-and-ratings/best-medical-schools-for-2024-us-news.html
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOLS https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/rankings-and-ratings/best-medical-schools-for-2024-us-news.html
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for taking the time to help me and answer my question! I really appreciate it! Addy
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome, Addy ! Michelle M.
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Diane’s Answer

Hi Addy,

Michelle is absolutely right about the path: college, medical school, then residency training in Dermatology. There is a typo - the degree for Osteopathic Medicine is DO.

The other options you might consider, which would have you working under a dermatologist, is to become a nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA), still seeing patients and doing procedures without having to deal with running an office. As a nurse practitioner you would need to complete college and get a nursing degree (RN) which is then followed by training as a nurse practitioner. There are programs now that will let you leave nursing school with your nurse practitioner certification. For PA certification, you would need to finish college and then go for PA, another 2-3 years depending how long the break between semesters.

If the finances are really tough and your grades are good, you might want to consider the military. They will pay for college and post-graduate courses. It may take you a little longer, but you get plenty of experience by the time you leave the military. If this is of interest to you, talk to a recruiter.

Diane recommends the following next steps:

Decide which degree interests you.
Work hard to get good grades.
You might want to shadow a dermatologist, NP and PA and get a better feel for what is right for you.
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