What is dermatology and what is involved in becoming a dermatologist?
Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the largest organ of the human body and its various conditions. It is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity and genitals. More often than not Dermatology also includes cosmetic care and enhancement.
Dermatologists (a medical Doctor who specializes in dermatology) undertake a minimum of a further six years specialist postgraduate study after their six year basic medical degree. They maintain their professional standards and develop new skills through the professional development program of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. The Australasian College of Dermatologists is the only government accredited provider of specialist training for Dermatology.