Becoming a dermatologist requires many years of education. A person must successfully complete the following:
Internship: After graduating from medical school, one is a doctor. To practice medicine in the United States, however, a doctor must complete more years of medical training. This first year of medical training is called an internship.
While completing the internship, the doctor is known as an intern. Interns train at hospitals and clinics. Doctors who want to specialize in dermatology usually intern in one of these fields — internal medicine, general surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, or pediatrics.
Dermatology residency program: After completing an internship, a doctor can enter a dermatology residency program. Getting into a dermatology residency program is tough. Applicants face fierce competition for the few available spots.
During a dermatology residency, the doctor is called a dermatology resident and trains to be a dermatologist. A dermatology resident:
Surgical procedures learned during a dermatology residency include:
After successfully completing an accredited dermatology residency program and meeting other requirements, a dermatologist can take the dermatology board exams.
Fellowship in dermatology
Some doctors continue their medical studies after completing their dermatology residency. This advanced study is called a fellowship. A fellowship provides extensive medical study in one area of dermatology, such as:
After successfully completing a fellowship, a dermatologist may choose to specialize in one area of dermatology.
Our mission at Skin Care Physicians of Georgia is to provide expert individualized service to each and every patient with skill and compassion. Our board certified physicians and professional staff are highly trained and strive to deliver ethical comprehensive care to all patients and to care for them "just as they would want their family treated."
From treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea to removal of warts, moles and other lesions, our office provides a full range of medical dermatological services so you can enjoy the healthy skin you deserve.