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body or mind

Body

Field

Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Alone

Specialist Dermatologist

Dermatologists deal with all issues, diseases and problems related to our skin.  They treat and diagnose skin problems, from mild issues like sunburn to serious diseases like skin cancer.  As a dermatologist, you’ll conduct screenings and skin evaluations, while at the same time investigating your patient’s medical history to determine appropriate treatments. 

Dermatologists also perform biopsies to diagnose melanoma and perform skin surgery.

Required Qualifications

To become a dermatologist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

Duration of Study

Dermatologists in South Africa typically study for about 10 years.

The first 6 years are spent on theoretical training to obtain a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and the other four years in post-grad studies to obtain a Master of Medicine in Dermatology degree.

In addition to the 6 years of undergraduate study and four years of post-graduate study, specialist psychiatrists also usually spend 1 year in student internship and 1 year in community service.

Employment Opportunities

Dermatologists have many opportunities for employment in South Africa and often work in the following places:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

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