A dermatologist is a physician certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). Each dermatologists has completed the following education and training:
- Graduated from an accredited medical or osteopathic school in the United States. If graduated from a foreign medical school, the standard foreign graduate certificate must have been obtained.
- Completed a first-year residency program of broad-based clinical training in one of the following areas: internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or emergency medicine.
- Completed a 3-year accredited dermatology residency program. At least 75% of the resident’s time must be directly related to outpatient or inpatient dermatology patient care during each of the 3 years.
A dermatologist is trained to evaluate and manage pediatric and adult patients with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes. A dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the following:
- The diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin.
- The management of contact dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders.
- The recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.
- Surgical techniques used in dermatology.
Dermatologists also manage cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss, scars, and the skin changes associated with aging.