What is a Dermatologist

What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a doctor who has a M.D. or D.O. degree and has trained for an additional 3-6 years after 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school. Dermatologist complete nearly 10,000 hours of clinical training in dermatology that spans at least 3 years of in-depth education in basic skin science and various aspects of medical dermatology, cutaneous oncology, dermatopathology and dermatologic surgery.

How is a dermatologist different from a mid-level provider such as a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant?

Mid-level providers do not have a medical doctor degree. They complete between 500 and 900 hours of clinical training spanning multiple medical specialties and academic training in surgical procedures are usually not included. Unlike for Board-Certified dermatologists, there are no specific training guidelines nor examination process to verify the qualifications for mid-levels to provide dermatologic care. Those mid-levels who are practicing independently may have received little or no supervised academic training in dermatology.

*Information obtained from:
JAMA Dermatology, Vol 150, No 11, 2014