What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a physician trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders.  It is important to know the credentials of your dermatologist.  All physicians attend medical school for 4 years and then obtain the degree of Medical Doctor (MD).  After medical school physicians complete a year of internship that is typically either a medical internship or a surgical internship. Then physicians either pursue advanced training in general medical or surgical areas or choose to specialize.  Dermatologists, following internship, complete a 3 year residency training program after which they are board-eligible physicians and must pass a rigorous test to become “board-certified.”  To have confidence that your dermatologist has been appropriately trained he or she should be an MD and be “Board-certified” by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD).

Although some dermatologists may subspecialize in specific area of dermatology, most dermatologists see all ages and all skin problems.

“As a dermatologist, what I enjoy most is the variety of patients that I encounter.  My youngest patient was a 1-day old with a very rare skin disease in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  I have several patients that are over 100-years old.  It is a privilege to work with patients at different times of their lives and to be exposed to stories and human experience which spans many generations.” 

Mark Hutchin MD