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DERMATOLOGIST: Wish I Knew What A Great Career It Would Be

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Elizabeth shares her story about her career as a dermatologist.
She got her degree in English but ended up going to medical school and she's learned that being a doctor is about talking to people.

Degree: English Language and Literature - Medicine
Job Title: Dematologist

Job Summary: Physicians and Surgeons

Job Description

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

On-the-Job Training

Fellowship/residency

Additional Info

All physicians and surgeons must pass a standardized national licensure examination. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$70,000 - $400,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Military, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills

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day</span> <span m='21282'>I often</span> <span m='21778'>do</span> <span m='22274'>biopsies</span> <span m='22770'>where I do</span> <span m='23266'>a little bit</span> <span m='23762'>of surgery,</span> <span m='24258'>minor</span> <span m='24754'>surgery,</span> <span m='25250'>and</span> <span m='26738'>prescribe</span> <span m='27260'>medications,</span> <span m='28570'>talk</span> <span m='28780'>to</span> <span m='28850'>people</span> <span m='29090'>about</span> <span m='29290'>what</span> <span m='29450'>they</span> <span m='29560'>have,</span> <span m='30020'>teach them</span> <span m='30504'>about</span> <span m='30988'>how to protect</span> <span m='31472'>themselves from</span> <span m='31956'>the sun.</span> </p><p><span m='39220'>You</span> <span m='39540'>finish</span> <span m='39810'>high</span> <span m='39910'>school,</span> <span m='40260'>then you</span> <span m='40450'>finish</span> <span m='40770'>college,</span> <span m='41280'>which</span> <span m='41460'>is</span> <span m='41610'>four</span> <span m='41800'>years.</span> <span m='42685'>You take</span> <span m='43060'>pre-med</span> <span m='44070'>requirements</span> <span m='45080'>which</span> <span m='45330'>are</span> <span m='45680'>science</span> <span m='46130'>classes,</span> <span m='48050'>some</span> <span m='48290'>math</span> <span m='48680'>classes.</span> <span m='50890'>And</span> <span m='51420'>I</span> <span m='51560'>was</span> <span m='51700'>actually</span> <span m='51970'>an</span> <span m='52070'>English</span> <span m='52390'>major.</span> <span m='54080'>And</span> <span m='54410'>then</span> <span m='54910'>after</span> <span m='55180'>that,</span> <span m='55460'>you go to</span> <span m='55770'>medical</span> <span m='56100'>school</span> <span m='56840'>for four</span> <span m='57310'>years.</span> <span m='58125'>And</span> <span m='58470'>then</span> <span m='58600'>after</span> <span m='58860'>medical</span> <span m='59230'>school,</span> <span m='59800'>I</span> <span m='60010'>did</span> <span m='61000'>an internal</span> <span m='61495'>medicine</span> <span m='61990'>residency,</span> <span m='62485'>which is</span> <span m='62980'>three years.</span> <span m='65455'>And then</span> <span m='65950'>I did a dermatology</span> <span m='66445'>residency</span> <span m='66940'>which</span> <span m='67435'>is also</span> <span m='67930'>three years.</span> <span m='68425'>So</span> <span m='68920'>you</span> <span m='69100'>don't</span> <span m='69280'>have</span> <span m='69430'>to</span> <span m='69550'>do</span> <span m='69690'>that</span> <span m='69860'>to</span> <span m='69930'>become</span> <span m='70220'>a</span> <span m='70260'>dermatologist.</span> <span m='70880'>You</span> <span m='70950'>can</span> <span m='71110'>do</span> <span m='71200'>one</span> <span m='71530'>year</span> <span m='72280'>of</span> <span m='72480'>medicine</span> <span m='72780'>and</span> <span m='73080'>then three</span> <span 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