The American Board of Dermatology defines a dermatologist as a physician who is trained to evaluate and treat children and adults with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails, and adjacent mucous membranes. A dermatologist has additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, moles, and other tumors of the skin, the management of contact dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders, the recognition of skin manifestations of systemic and infectious disease, interpretation of skin biopsies, and surgical techniques used in dermatology. Dermatologists also manage cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss, scars, and the skin changes associated with aging.
When selecting a dermatologist it is especially important that you select a dermatologist that is board certified. A board certified dermatologist completes rigorous training in an accredited program and passes a comprehensive exam in order to demonstrate proficiency in the dermatology specialty. The training and testing that each board certified dermatologist must undergo is above and beyond what the American Medical Association requires for a Medical Doctor (MD) certificate. After completing medical school, a dermatologist completes a one-year internship and a three-year dermatology residency. Following residency, and in order to become board certified, a dermatologist must pass a rigorous board examination, ensuring he or she is among the most qualified and capable dermatologists in the world. Dermatology & Laser Associates of Medford, LLP currently has eight board certified dermatologists on site, ensuring the highest quality of care for our patients.