Why choose a board-certified dermatologist?
A dermatologist board certified by the American Board of Dermatology has undergone rigorous residency training and has developed a masterful and skilled eye in identifying concerning lesions on the skin. Board certification from the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada lets you know you are receiving care from someone who has received the most rigorous highest level of education in the field. It is important that the board certification be from one of these organizations. There are many different kinds of boards, and other certifications do not reflect the same level degree of training and expertise.
Dermatologists treat more than 3,000 conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Skin diseases are particularly common, affecting one in four Americans each year. Many skin diseases involve serious health risks including, but not exclusive to, loss of quality of life and lifestyle. Some chronic diseases dermatologists treat are caused by issues with the immune system. Therefore dermatologists who remain educated in biologic therapies can deliver excellent results based on various factors of a patient’s profile including medical and social history. A well-trained dermatologist understands the linkages between the body and the skin, and knows that what may appear to be something simple and isolated to the skin can be related to an underlying condition or disease.
Dermatologists also have advanced knowledge of facial anatomy including nerves and muscles that must be accounted for when performing cosmetic dermatology, or procedures on the face affecting critical anatomical structures or sites such as the eyes, nose, ears and mouth.
|Medical education and training||8 years
|2-3 years||2-4 years|
|Required patient care hours||12,000-16,000
|Board certification through the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada|