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A dermatologist is a physician certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) to treat conditions and diseases of the skin, hair, and nails.

The dermatology residency program should include study of basic
sciences: allergy, anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, embryology,
entomology, genetics, histology, immunology, molecular biology,
mycology, oncology, parasitology, pathology, pharmacology, photobiology,
physiology, serology, virology. Dermatologic microbiology,
dermatopathology, and immunodermatology should be emphasized.

Experience should be gained in analysis and interpretation of
biologic and histologic specimens, and in culturing microbes (i.e.,
fungi, bacteria, viruses).

Training must be obtained in skin allergy, immunology, and sexually
transmitted diseases, and in the relevant aspects of environmental and
industrial medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology,
ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, preventive medicine,
radiology, and surgery.

Knowledge and competence should be acquired in performing
dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, cryosurgery, and procedures in
allergy and immunology, clinical pathology, parasitology,
dermatopathology, topical and systemic pharmacotherapy, and microbiology
(including sexually transmitted diseases). Dermatologic surgical
training must include: anesthesia, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, laser
surgery, nail surgery, biopsy, and excisional surgery.

Experience in outpatient service as well as inpatient, daycare, and
extended care facilities is essential for opportunities to treat serious
diseases daily, perform follow-up care, and to provide consultation for
patients whose skin diseases are secondary to other types of
conditions.

Understanding of the many diagnostic procedures and therapeutic
techniques is required, including: chemical peel, dermabrasion, hair
transplantation, laser resurfacing, liposuction, sclerotherapy, and
tissue augmentation. Understanding of the disease implications and
therapeutic applications of electron beam, x-ray, and laser energy is
necessary.