So you want to be a dermatologist. Dermatology is the specialty of medicine concerned with the medical and procedural management of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. To become a dermatologist, you’ll need to complete one preliminary or transitional year followed by three years of dermatology residency. There are some 5-year combined internal medicine and dermatology programs; however, these are less common.

In terms of competitiveness, dermatology is one of the most competitive doctor specialties and currently ranks third on our Med School Insiders Competitiveness Index.

The average dermatologist earns approximately $438,000 per year and works 45 hours per week.

If you enjoy both the medical and procedural aspects of medicine and truly care about your lifestyle as a doctor, dermatology may be the field for you. Given the outpatient nature and limited call, dermatologists are often known for having great work-life balance.

That being said, dermatology is incredibly challenging to match into. You’ll need top scores, numerous publications, and strong letters of recommendation. Dermatology clinics are also relatively fast-paced, meaning you’ll see a high volume of patients during clinic hours.

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