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Exploring Dermatology as Career Option: Study of Skin, Nails, and Hair

No, what people say or do, one of the most underrated career options in the medical sciences is dermatology. People surround themselves with the belief that pursuing a career in dermatology is "unsexy" and hence, as a result, completely abandon the career option.

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However, the truth is far from reality and hence could not be ignored at all costs. Some world-renowned doctors earn handsome, thus, eliminating the term "unsexy" from the equation. 

Today we debunk the myths and explore being an acne specialist or, as a matter of fact, any dermatologist as a suitable career option. 

Question #1: What Exactly is Dermatology?

The term dermatology refers to the medical sciences' branch that deals with hair, nails, and skins. The study consists of both medical and surgical approaches. The domain could be sub-divided into four major categories, namely:

  • Core Dermatology – Deals with skin diseases
  • Cosmetology – Treatment of skin appearance
  • Trichology – Study of hair disorders
  • Dermatosurgery – Practice of skin surgeries

Each option has its own set of rules and limitations and hence could not be ignored at all costs. 

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Question #2: What Are the Minimum Qualifications Required For Practicing the Profession?

To study and practice dermatology, one has to follow the usual steps of becoming a doctor. One has to crack the undergraduate (here MBBS) degree to apply for the master's in dermatology. The acne specialists study a rigorous five years of MBBS, followed by a three-year master's in the required field. Post the completion of the program, under the license of the Government of India; a dermatologist could practice in both governments as well as government hospitals or even could start a clinic. 

Concluding Remark

No wonder what people may say, the stats show an upward trend, and hence dermatologists would be the most demanded medical practitioners in years to come. 

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