Dermatologists treat patients with a wide variety of skin, hair and nail conditions.Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. Then there's two years foundation doctor training, two years Core Training (CT1-CT2), followed by four years Specialists Training (ST3-ST6). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings, weekends and on call. The basic salary ranges from £29,384 to £34,012. Once you start your specialty training as a dermatologist employed by the NHS, you can expect to earn a salary of at least £40,257, which can increase to between £84,559 and £114,003 as a consultant.You'll need excellent communication skills to manage a wide range of relationships with colleagues, and patients and their families. You'll be emotionally resilient, have excellent problem-solving and diagnostic skills and work well in teams and under pressure. You'll also be very organised for the benefit of patients. As a dermatology surgeon, you'll have: a high degree of manual dexterity; superb hand-eye co-ordination; excellent vision.In 2020, there were 166 applications for 42 specialty training places. After completing your training, you’ll have the opportunity the specialise, for example in: advanced skin surgery, paediatric dermatology, cutaneous allergy, oral and genital dermatoses or cosmetic/aesthetic dermatology.
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