Dermatologist

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Dermatologists are specialists in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin disease and skin cancers. Dermatologists treat patients of all ages and a wide range of skin problems, from skin cancers to other problems like acne, eczema, infections, psoriasis, occupational dermatitis, hair and nail disorders, surveillance of moles and cosmetic problems of the skin. Particularly in Australia, due to sun exposure, the bulk of a Dermatologist’s work will involve treating skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Dermatologists employ an array of treatments, from topical and oral medications to intricate surgical procedures, lasers, light and ionising radiation.

Dermatologists mostly work in private practice but will also conduct clinics in hospitals and institutions, as well as provide services to rural areas. Dermatologists are initially trained as doctors, completing their medical degree at university; this must then be followed by several years of full-time practice and training at an approved medical institution and then finally a five year training program in Dermatology.