Working life (dermatology)

This page provides useful information about the roles and responsibilities of dermatologists, where they work, who they work with and what they feel about their role.

“Dermatology is a fascinating specialty which offers an interesting and varied clinical career in combination with a balanced and flexible working life, traits difficult to match in other medical specialties. One of the major plus points of the specialty for me is that I get to do some skin surgery which satisfies the practical and artistic sides of my personality.”  Specialty Registrar.

How your time is spent

A typical day would involve outpatient clinic, followed by ward visits, further outpatient clinics or surgical list. Every clinic is different, and the many different types of skin disease ensure a diverse working life! Dermatology is predominantly an outpatient specialty but includes inpatient work for patients with severe inflammatory disorders. A typical day starts with an outpatient clinic, followed by ward visits and further outpatient clinics or surgical list. Most dermatologists have at least one theatre list per week.

Less than whole-time working is common in this specialty with just over a half of women consultants in dermatology doing so.

Around 15% of consultants say they are routinely on call at weekends.

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