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DERMATOLOGIST: It's A Visual Field

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Kristine specializes in treating skin cancer. She describes what she does in surgery as well as the day-to-day practice of treating people with different skin disorders. Kristine initially trained to become a cardiologist, but after doing a four year residency decided to become a dermatologist. She says that experience made her a better physician because she knows the body's system better.

Degree: Biology
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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a</span> <span m='16386'>process</span> <span m='16882'>in</span> <span m='17378'>my</span> <span m='17874'>office</span> <span m='18370'>that checks</span> <span m='18866'>to be</span> <span m='19362'>sure that</span> <span m='19858'>all the</span> <span m='20354'>cancer cells</span> <span m='20850'>are gone</span> <span m='21346'>before</span> <span m='21842'>were</span> <span m='22338'>able to</span> <span m='22834'>stitch</span> <span m='23330'>the</span> <span m='23826'>patient up</span> <span m='24322'>and let</span> <span m='24818'>them go</span> <span m='25314'>home.</span> <span m='26306'>I do that</span> <span m='26802'>three days</span> <span m='27298'>a week,</span> <span m='27794'>and two</span> <span m='28290'>days a week,</span> <span m='28786'>I see</span> <span m='29778'>dermatology</span> <span m='30274'>patients,</span> <span m='32258'>a variety</span> <span m='32754'>of</span> <span m='33250'>different</span> <span m='33746'>ages,</span> <span m='34242'>from little</span> <span m='34738'>children,</span> <span m='35234'>all the</span> <span m='35730'>way up</span> <span m='36226'>to very</span> <span m='36722'>elderly.</span> </p><p><span m='37714'>We treat</span> <span m='38210'>rashes,</span> <span m='39202'>and</span> <span m='40194'>acne,</span> <span m='41186'>and</span> <span m='41682'>the</span> <span m='42178'>side</span> <span m='42674'>effects</span> <span m='43170'>of</span> <span m='43666'>medications,</span> <span m='45154'>rashes,</span> <span m='48130'>psoriasis,</span> <span m='49122'>many</span> <span m='49618'>different</span> <span m='50114'>types of</span> <span m='50610'>skin</span> <span m='51106'>disorders.</span> <span m='52098'>So</span> <span m='52594'>once</span> <span m='53090'>again,</span> <span m='53586'>patients of</span> <span m='54082'>all ages</span> <span m='54578'>come to</span> <span m='55074'>see us.</span> <span m='55570'>And</span> <span m='56066'>it's a</span> <span m='56562'>very</span> <span m='57058'>visual field,</span> <span m='57554'>obviously.</span> <span m='58050'>We</span> <span m='58546'>just</span> <span m='59042'>look</span> <span m='59538'>at the</span> <span m='60034'>skin and</span> <span m='61026'>very</span> <span m='61522'>rarely</span> <span m='62018'>do</span> <span m='62514'>we</span> <span m='63010'>have to</span> <span m='63506'>do other</span> <span m='64002'>tests.</span> <span m='64994'>So</span> <span m='65490'>it's</span> <span m='65986'>a</span> <span m='66482'>field</span> <span m='66978'>that</span> <span m='67970'>you're</span> <span m='68466'>very much a</span> <span m='68962'>specialist</span> <span m='69458'>in.</span> <span m='70450'>Lots</span> <span m='70946'>of other</span> <span m='71442'>doctors don't</span> <span m='71938'>know the skin</span> <span m='72434'>very well,</span> <span m='72930'>so</span> <span m='73980'>it's</span> <span m='74650'>very</span> <span m='75250'>rewarding</span> <span m='75550'>in</span> <span m='75850'>that</span> <span m='76150'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='76750'>I went</span> <span m='77050'>to medical</span> <span m='77650'>school</span> <span m='78250'>after</span> <span m='78850'>college,</span> <span m='79750'>and</span> <span m='80350'>so</span> <span m='80650'>four</span> <span m='80950'>years</span> <span m='81250'>of</span> <span m='81550'>medical</span> <span m='82150'>school.</span> <span m='82750'>And</span> <span m='83050'>then,</span> <span m='83350'>you</span> <span m='83650'>have</span> <span m='83950'>to do</span> <span m='84250'>at</span> <span m='84550'>least</span> <span m='84850'>one year</span> <span m='85150'>of</span> <span m='86050'>a</span> <span m='86350'>general</span> <span m='86650'>residency</span> <span m='87550'>before</span> <span m='87850'>going into</span> <span m='88450'>dermatology,</span> <span m='89350'>and</span> <span m='89650'>then</span> <span m='89950'>that's</span> <span m='90250'>three years</span> <span m='90850'>of</span> <span m='91150'>dermatology.</span> <span m='92050'>I happened</span> <span m='92950'>to</span> <span m='94150'>be</span> <span m='94450'>planning</span> <span m='94750'>on</span> <span m='95050'>being</span> <span m='95350'>a</span> <span m='95650'>cardiologist</span> <span m='95950'>so</span> <span m='96250'>I</span> <span m='96550'>actually</span> <span m='96850'>did</span> <span m='97150'>four</span> <span m='97450'>years</span> <span m='98350'>of</span> <span m='98650'>general</span> <span m='98950'>residency</span> <span m='99250'>and</span> <span m='99850'>chief</span> <span m='100150'>before</span> <span m='100750'>I</span> <span m='101950'>went</span> <span m='102250'>on</span> <span m='102550'>to do</span> <span m='102850'>Mohs</span> <span m='103450'>and</span> <span m='104050'>general</span> <span m='104650'>dermatology.</span> </p><p><span m='105850'>You know,</span> <span m='106150'>I</span> <span m='106450'>took</span> <span m='106750'>a</span> <span m='107050'>circuitous</span> <span m='107650'>route.</span> <span m='107950'>it</span> <span m='108250'>took me</span> <span m='108550'>longer</span> <span m='108850'>to get</span> <span m='109150'>to be</span> <span m='109450'>a dermatologist</span> <span m='110350'>than</span> <span m='110950'>it</span> <span m='111550'>was</span> <span m='111850'>necessary.</span> <span m='112750'>And</span> <span m='113050'>people</span> <span m='113350'>always say,</span> <span m='113650'>oh, gosh,</span> <span m='114250'>you</span> <span m='114550'>should have</span> <span m='114850'>just</span> <span m='115150'>went straight</span> <span m='115450'>into</span> <span m='115750'>dermatology,</span> <span m='116050'>instead of</span> <span m='116350'>doing</span> <span m='116650'>four</span> <span m='116950'>years</span> <span m='117250'>of internal</span> <span m='117550'>medicine</span> <span m='117850'>first.</span> <span m='118450'>And</span> <span m='118750'>I</span> <span m='119050'>say,</span> <span m='119350'>no,</span> <span m='119650'>because</span> <span m='119950'>I think</span> <span m='120850'>because</span> <span m='121150'>of</span> <span m='121450'>my</span> <span m='121750'>background,</span> <span m='122650'>and</span> <span m='122950'>because</span> <span m='123250'>of</span> <span m='123550'>that</span> <span m='123850'>extra</span> <span m='124150'>knowledge</span> <span m='124450'>and</span> <span m='124750'>training,</span> <span m='125050'>it just makes</span> <span m='125350'>me a</span> <span m='125650'>better</span> <span m='125950'>overall</span> <span m='126550'>physician.</span> </p><p><span m='126850'>You know,</span> <span m='127150'>I think</span> <span m='127450'>I'm</span> <span m='128050'>a little</span> <span m='128350'>bit</span> <span m='128650'>braver</span> <span m='129850'>than</span> <span m='130450'>most</span> <span m='130750'>people</span> <span m='131050'>would</span> <span m='131350'>be, just</span> <span m='131650'>because</span> <span m='131950'>I</span> <span m='132250'>know</span> <span m='132850'>the whole</span> <span m='133150'>entire</span> <span m='133450'>body,</span> <span m='134050'>the</span> <span m='134350'>whole</span> <span m='134650'>system.</span> <span m='135250'>So</span> <span m='138250'>I think that</span> <span m='138550'>that</span> <span m='138850'>was good,</span> <span m='139150'>having that</span> <span m='139450'>background,</span> <span m='139750'>and I</span> <span m='140050'>think</span> <span m='140350'>always,</span> <span m='140650'>more</span> <span m='140950'>education</span> <span m='141250'>is</span> <span m='141550'>to</span> <span m='141850'>your</span> <span m='142150'>benefit.</span> </p>","file":{"id":276803,"video_id":"2708329792001","name":"72528550","duration":143360,"thumbnail_url":null}});