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Becoming A Dermatologist

By Joy Librado

There are many people out there who want to enter the medical field, but they do not want to deal with blood, death, or disease. Being a dermatologist is actually a great alternative because you will make people feel better about themselves, and you will be able to cash a nice paycheck at the end of the day. But what does it really take to enter the field of dermatology? What is it that you have to do? Let’s talk a bit about the requirements and you can decide whether or not this field is for you.

First of all, you need to complete your high school education. Many people think that high school is not important, but in all honesty your career begins here. Make sure you focus on scientific programs, and see if you can work your way into advanced science and biology classes. These will help you greatly on your road to becoming a dermatologist.

You will need to go through three years in an undergraduate program, and then you will need to take the MCAT. The MCAT is an acronym for the: Medical College Admission Test. Those who score high on the MCAT will gain entry to virtually any school they choose, but if you score too low, you will most likely be restricted to a few schools.

You don’t want to miss a beat. Apply to medical school as soon as you enter your senior year of college! By this point you know that you are going to make it, and you want to be ready for the next stage of your life. There will be interviews, and people will be watching, so make sure you overcome any obstacles that are presented.

There are always new tests to take, and one of them is the USMLE. This is a test of your knowledge, and it will be presented to you upon your acceptance to medical school. There will be many tests and many trials, and when it is time, you can choose a residency for dermatology. It will take around five years to complete the residency, and it might seem like a rather long time. Think about this when you go to the doctor’s office, don’t you want to know that he or she has spent a LOT of time in school? After all, this is your body we’re talking about!

Once you complete all of these steps, you can choose to practice as a certified dermatologist, or you could apply for work at a private practice. It is recommended that you work at a private practice, or even apply for another residency before you open your own practice. Experience is key, and you need as much of it as you can get. That said, it’s time to get out there and be the best doctor you can be.

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Librado, Joy "Becoming A Dermatologist." Becoming A Dermatologist. 12 Jul. 2010. 17 Jul 2014 <>.

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Librado, J (2010, July 12). Becoming A Dermatologist. Retrieved July 17, 2014, from

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