A dermatologist's main priority is the treatment and well-being of his or her patients. He or he must be capable of interviewing and examining patients to identify, rule out, and diagnose various conditions. A dermatologist must be able to routinely perform treatments such as the removal of lesions, laser treatment, and biopsies. He or she must also prescribe medications, interventions, and behavioral changes to help reduce or eliminate symptoms. A dermatologist must be able to work with all types of patients, from young children to the elderly. Daily activities may range from treating an individual with skin cancer to assisting a patient with a cosmetic procedure.
The job of a dermatologist is conducted entirely indoors, often in a private clinic, hospital, or other medical building. He or she must be able to work with nurses, physician assistants, and other medical staff in order to provide the best possible experience for the patient. The job of a dermatologist is not physically demanding; however, it is mentally taxing. A dermatologist must possess an extensive knowledge of medical diseases and ailments, as well as be able to diagnose and treat those symptoms when present on a patient. The position of dermatologist requires extensive education, including high school, college, medical school, and a certification. The daily hours and schedule of a dermatologist are fairly regular and often consist of working from the late morning through the afternoon. A dermatologist posses some of the most stable and routine schedules of any working physician.
Physician / Doctor, Dermatologist Tasks
- Perform treatments like removal of lesions, laser treatment and biopsies.
- Interview and examine patients to identify, rule out, or diagnose conditions.
- Document all patient data and interactions.
- Prescribe medications, interventions, and behavioral changes to reduce or eliminate symptoms.