The Path to Dermatology

By Allie Hess

Job Description

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in hair, nails, skin, and mucus membranes. It is their job to diagnose and treat more than 3000 different skin conditions. There is also a cosmetic aspect where they repair skin post-op, minimize wrinkles, and diminish the appearance of scars.

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Applications and Connection to Physics

Physics connects to dermatology mainly with the effects of Roentgen rays or radiation. Radiation has affects skin

Suggested High School Courses

Directly Related to Dermatology

  • Principles of Health Science
  • Health Science
  • AP Biology

Extended Health Courses

  • Pharmacy
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Level of Education and Majors Required

  1. College- Bachelor's Degree
  2. Medical School- Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Degree
  3. Internship- 1 year
  4. Dermatology Residency- 3 years

Required Courses for Graduation

College of Human Sciences Degree Plan Hours

  • English- 6
  • Math- 6
  • Science- 8
  • Oral Communication- 3
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture- 3
  • Creative Arts-3
  • Multicultural- 3
  • Social Studies- 12
  • Human Sciences Core- 4
  • Electives- 14
  • Social and Behavioral Science- 3
  • Area of Concentration- 54

Must earn in order to attend Medical School

  • MD Degree
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

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Starting Salary: $275,978-$301,549


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