A career in...
A career in dermatology
This specialty combines clinical variety with a flexible working life
- By: Imran Yusuf, Richard Turner, Susan Burge
The wealth of knowledge and clinical skills that are expected of the modern medical student makes for an undergraduate curriculum that is desperately short of time. As a consequence, some medical specialties, such as dermatology, are allocated a very modest amount of teaching during undergraduate training1—not only in the United Kingdom, but around the world.2
Dermatology also suffers from the common assumption that because its primary diseases have low mortality rates, the specialty isn’t important, and is therefore not as fulfilling as a career choice. This can lead medical students to neglect dermatology as a career possibility without genuinely considering its numerous advantages.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body, with an average surface area of 1.8 m2, and its three layers constitute 16% of total body weight3—far heavier than the healthy human brain or liver. It is therefore unsurprising that it is the organ system that