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A dermatologist is a qualified medical specialist who, through additional training, has obtained postgraduate qualifications to specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin disease and skin cancers.
One person in ten who consults a general practitioner will do so because of a skin complaint. The GP may decide to seek confirmation of a diagnosis or assistance with therapy. This is when the patient is referred to a dermatologist.
Dermatologists treat patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults. Although diseases of the skin are many and varied, Australian dermatologists spend much of their time treating diseases caused by exposure to the sun. These include skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
APPLICATIONS FOR DERMATOLOGY TRAINING POSITIONS
Applications for dermatology training positions in 2014 have closed.
Applications open at the beginning of February each year and must be submitted electronically on the College website. The closing date for receipt of applications is normally 31 March.
The College recognises that a National Selection Process is essential to ensure that the selection of trainees is a transparent and equitable one.
COLLEGE'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Dermatologists who are recognised by Medicare Australia but are not Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologist may participate in the College’s Professional Development Program.
The current annual fee for participation in the program is $2,469.50 (plus GST).