A dermatologist manages adults and children with skin disorders.
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Entry Route into Dermatology
Applicants must have completed a two-year Foundation Programme before they can apply for core training. There are three pathways to choose from:
Core Medical Training programmes comprise four to six placements in various medical specialties, with trainees participating in acute on-call work. Paediatric trainees must have achieved the same core cometencies after 12 months as those training in adult medical posts, and must have the full membership of the Royal College of Physicians before applying to ST3 posts.
Job Progression as a Dermatologist
Higher specialist training in Dermatology starts at ST3 level and takes at least four years to complete. Trainees can apply for a dual training programme to achieve a CCT in General Internal Medicine in addition to Dermatology.
Trainees can apply for consultant positions six months before obtaining their CCT, and there are opportunities to work in management as a clinical lead, or a clinical or medical director. There are also formal opportunities to become involved in the education and training of junior doctors by working as
- a director of medical education overseeing postgraduate medical training,
- a training programme director responsible for the education of trainee doctors in the local region, or
- an associate dean responsible for managing the training programme.
Academic Dermatology Roles
Trainees interested in an academic career can apply for an academic clinical fellowship. Alternatively, trainees can continue the ST clinical training programme after ST4 level.
Competition for Dermatology Roles
In 2017, the competition ratio at ST3 was 5.0 in the first round, with 156 applications for 31 NTN posts, with 74% of applicants applying for Dermatology only. In the second round, the competition ratio was 4.6, with 69 applications for 15 NTN posts.
In December 2017, there were
- 562 consultants,
- 28 associate specialists,
- 112 speciality doctors,
- 256 speciality registrars,
- 39 core trainees,
- 4 F2 trainees, and
- 5 F1 trainees.
Salaries in Dermatology
The starting salary for junior doctors in England ranges from £26,614 to £46,208, and from £37,923 to £87,521 for speciality doctors. Consultants can expect to earn between £76,761 and £103,490. There are additional supplements for on-call work, antisocial hours, and other commitments and situations. For additional information, please check our page on pay scales.
A Day in the Life of a Dermatologist
Dermatology is mainly an outpatient-based speciality, but there is some inpatient work. Patients with severe inflammatory disorders may need hospital admission, and, in general, there is at least one theatre list each week. There is still only a limited amount of on-call work, with around 15% of consultants reporting that they are on-call at the weekends.