Did you know the average doctor only spends a couple of months learning about skin conditions, both in the classroom and in a clinical setting? With over 3,000 skin diseases out there, that’s not a lot of time to accrue the knowledge to diagnose and treat all of those skin diseases.
After all, dermatology is more than just skin conditions. Dermatology covers skin, hair and nails at all ages and stages of life. Your skin, nails, and hair are all unique parts of you, and no one’s is exactly the same. Thus, if you’re faced with a dermatological condition, you need someone who can take everything about your unique health into consideration.
Like all doctors, dermatologists have to complete four years of school, plus four years of medical school. They also complete an internship and a three-year residency. Their residency must consist of specialized training in dermatology, and the learning doesn’t stop there. Like other medical specialists, dermatologists need to achieve certifications and continue their education throughout their careers. Some dermatologists are even more specialized, going into pediatric dermatology, skin cancers, micrographic surgery, and more!
Granted, licensure and certification aren’t the same thing. Licensure is required to practice medicine; all doctors need licenses from the states where they practice medicine. Certification is voluntary and shows that the dermatologist has advanced knowledge in their chosen specialty and has made a commitment to lifelong learning. The American Board of Dermatology grants certification based on these requirements:
1. Completed a three-year residency program in dermatology
2. Passed certification exams
3. Committed to lifelong learning through seminars and other continuing education programs. That way, they’re at the forefront of knowledge in their field throughout their entire careers.
Lifetime Dermatology proudly participates in the ABD’s continuing certification program to bring you the most recent, effective treatments for your unique skin and any skin conditions you may face. Dr. Ann Hern has been certified since 1992 and participates in continuing certification to provide her patients with the best, most cutting-edge care.
Whether you’re coming in for a medical diagnosis, to treat a skin condition, Botox, acne treatments, or to take care of stubborn fat, rest assured we’re committed to treating you with the best knowledge and tools at our disposal. Book an appointment today and experience cutting-edge, personalized care.