Dermatology

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Dermatology
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A diffuse rash on the back of a male.
SystemSkin
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Significant diseasesSkin cancer, rashes, skin infections
Significant testsSkin biopsy
SpecialistDermatologist
 
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Dermatology
Severerash.jpg
A diffuse rash on the back of a male.
SystemSkin
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Significant diseasesSkin cancer, rashes, skin infections
Significant testsSkin biopsy
SpecialistDermatologist

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the hair, nails, skin and its diseases.[1][2] It is a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.[2][3][4] A dermatologist takes care of diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.[2][5]

History[edit]

Readily visible alterations of the skin surface have been recognized since the dawn of history, with some being treated, and some not.[citation needed] In 1801 the first great school of dermatology became a reality at the famous Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris, while the first textbooks (Willan's, 1798–1808) and atlases (Alibert's, 1806–1814) appeared in print during the same period of time.[6]

Training[edit]

Dermatologist
Occupation
NamesDoctor, Medical Specialist
Occupation typeSpecialty
Activity sectorsMedicine
Description
Education requiredDoctor of Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

After earning a medical degree (M.D. or D.O.), the length of training in the United States for a general dermatologist to be eligible for Board Certification by the American Academy of Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology or the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology is a total of four years. This training consists of an initial medical, transitional, or surgical intern year followed by a three-year dermatology residency.[2][7][8] Following this training, one- or two- year post-residency fellowships are available in immunodermatology, phototherapy, laser medicine, Mohs micrographic surgery, cosmetic surgery or dermatopathology. For the past several years, dermatology residency positions in the United States have been one of the most competitive to obtain.[9][10][11]

Fellowships[edit]

Cosmetic dermatology[edit]

A Cosmetic dermatology in SM City North Edsa, Philippines

Dermatologists have been leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery.[12] Some dermatologists complete fellowships in surgical dermatology. Many are trained in their residency on the use of botox, fillers, and laser surgery. Some dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures including liposuction, blepharoplasty, and face lifts.[13][14][15] Most dermatologists limit their cosmetic practice to minimally invasive procedures. Despite an absence of formal guidelines from the American Board of Dermatology, many cosmetic fellowships are offered in both surgery and laser medicine.[citation needed]

Dermatopathology[edit]

A dermatolopathologist is a pathologist or dermatologist who specializes in the pathology of the skin. This field is shared by dermatologists and pathologists. Usually a dermatologist or pathologist will complete one year of dermatopathology fellowship. This usually includes six months of general pathology, and six months of dermatopathology.[16] Alumni of both specialties can qualify as dermatopathologists. At the completion of a standard residency in dermatology, many dermatologists are also competent at dermatopathology. Some dermatopathologists qualify to sit for their examinations by completing a residency in dermatology and one in pathology.[17]

Immunodermatology[edit]

This field specializes in the treatment of immune-mediated skin diseases such as lupus, bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, and other immune-mediated skin disorders.[17][18] Specialists in this field often run their own immunopathology labs.[citation needed]

Mohs surgery[edit]

The dermatologic subspecialty called Mohs surgery focuses on the excision of skin cancers using a tissue-sparing technique that allows intraoperative assessment of 100% of the peripheral and deep tumor margins developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs. The procedure is defined as a type of CCPDMA processing. Physicians trained in this technique must be comfortable with both pathology and surgery, and dermatologists receive extensive training in both during their residency. Physicians who perform Mohs surgery can receive training in this specialized technique during their dermatology residency, but many will seek additional training either through preceptorships to join the American Society for Mohs Surgery[19] or through formal one- to two-year Mohs surgery fellowship training programs administered by the American College of Mohs Surgery.[20]

Pediatric dermatology[edit]

Physicians can qualify for this specialization by completing both a pediatric residency and a dermatology residency. Or they might elect to complete a post-residency fellowship.[21] This field encompasses the complex diseases of the neonates, hereditary skin diseases or genodermatoses, and the many difficulties of working with the pediatric population.[citation needed]

Teledermatology[edit]

Teledermatology is a form of dermatology where telecommunication technologies are used to exchange medical information via all kinds of media (audio, visual and also data communication, but typically photos of dermatologic conditions) usually made by non-dermatologists for evaluation off-site by dermatologists).[22][23] This subspecialty deals with options to view skin conditions over a large distance to provide knowledge exchange,[24] to establish second-opinion services for experts[25] or to use this for follow-up of individuals with chronic skin conditions.[26][27] Teledermatology can reduce wait times by allowing dermatologists to treat minor conditions online while serious conditions requiring immediate care are given priority for appointments.[28]

Therapies[edit]

Facial cleansing pores in Meditec at ITESM CCM(2012)

Therapies provided by dermatologists include, but not restricted to:

Most dermatologic pharmacology can be categorized based on the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System, specifically the ATC code D.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Random House, Inc. 2001. Page 537. ISBN 037572026.
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.aad.org/public/specialty/what.html
  3. ^ "What is a dermatologist; what is dermatology. DermNet NZ". Dermnetnz.org. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  4. ^ "What is a Dermatologist". Dermcoll.asn.au. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  5. ^ http://www.aad.org
  6. ^ Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Professional. Page 3. ISBN 0-07-138076-0.
  7. ^ "American Board of Dermatology". Abderm.org. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  8. ^ Creative Innovations. "American Osteopathic College of Dermatology - Qualifications Overview". Aocd.org. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  9. ^ Wu JJ, Tyring SK. ""...has been the most competitive of all specialties for at least the last 5-6 years." This is confirmed by data from the electronic residency application service (ERAS).". Retrieved 2006-06-23. 
  10. ^ Wu JJ, Ramirez CC, Alonso CA, et al. ""Dermatology continues to be the most competitive residency to enter..." Arch Dermatol. 2006;142:845-850.". Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  11. ^ Singer, Natasha (2008-03-19). "For Top Medical Students, an Attractive Field". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  12. ^ James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (10th ed.). Saunders. Page 895. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Dayton Skin Care Specialists: Fellowship Information". Daytonskinsurgery.org. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  15. ^ UC Davis Health System, Department of Dermatology (2010-04-21). "ACGMC Procedural Dermatology Fellow". Ucdmc.ucdavis.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  16. ^ "DRAFT" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  17. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  18. ^ [3][dead link]
  19. ^ [4][dead link]
  20. ^ "The Mohs College Difference". Mohscollege.org. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  21. ^ [5][dead link]
  22. ^ Burg G, Soyer H.P, Chimenti S. (2005): Teledermatology In: Frisch P, Burgdorf W.: EDF White Book, Skin Diseases in Europe. Berlin, 130-133
  23. ^ Douglas A. Perednia, M.D., Nancy A. Brown, M.L.S., OregonHealthSciencesUniversity Teledermatology: one application of telemedicine
  24. ^ DermNet NZ: the dermatology resource
  25. ^ The Community for Dermatology | Teledermatology
  26. ^ Ebner et al. 2006 e&i
  27. ^ H. Peter Soyer, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Cesare Massone, Gerald Gabler, Huiting Dong, Fezal Ozdemir, Giuseppe Argenziano telederm.org: Freely Available Online Consultations in Dermatology
  28. ^ "Online Visits With Dermatologists Enhance Access to Care for Patients With Minor and Serious Skin Conditions, Boost Physician Productivity". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  29. ^ "Liposuction - Who Invented Liposuction?". Inventors.about.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 

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