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A fully trained dermatologist has completed a minimum of four years of postgraduate training after graduating from medical school, including at least three years of full-time training in an accredited dermatology residency program. In addition to defining and monitoring the training required to become a dermatologist, the American Board of Dermatology administers an examination after the physician completes his or her training. Dermatologists who pass the examination become certified by the Board.

To become certified by the American Board of Dermatology, dermatologists must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Education and experience
  2. Verification of credentials
  3. Examination

On becoming Board certified, therefore, dermatologists have complied with recognized standards of education and training. Board certified dermatologists have knowledge and specialized experience in all areas of dermatology, including medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology.