What is a Dermatologist?
A Dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in the treatment of skin, hair, nail, mouth and genitalia conditions. They must undergo 5 years of full time specialist dermatology training.
Dermatology trainees (or registrars) are expected to undertake additional study and research during their training and to publish in dermatology journals such as the Australasian Journal of Dermatology prior to becoming a Skin Specialist. This often involves travel to dermatologic centres overseas to undergo research and further training.
On completion of the training program, a trainee Dermatologist must sit for their specialist dermatology examinations to obtain their postgraduate qualifications. These are comprehensive examinations including written and oral questions and the examination of patients.
This postgraduate qualification can be seen after the Dermatologists name as "FACD".
A Dermatologist is required to maintain their professional standards and continually update their skills by participation in the Australasian College of Dermatologist's continuing professional development program.
How Can A Dermatologist Help Me?
A Dermatologist can help you with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails,mouth and genitalia.
They are exclusively trained to help you manage your skin. This would typically be rashes of any cause, drug reactions involving the skin, psoriasis, eczema, hair loss and acne. Dermatologists also can help you to look the best you can by treating scarring and using lasers to treat age spots, veins and wrinkles.