Career Choice in Medicine in Dermatology

Career Choice in Medicine in Dermatology

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  1. The word dermatology is self explanatory – “Derma” – the Greek word for skin and “logy” at the end of the word meaning study. In general, it is that branch of medicine that encompasses the study and diagnoses of anything related to skin – its structure, ailments associated with it and treatment of all skin diseases. Disorder of the hair and nails, blistering disorders, genital skin disease, surgical, medical, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology, photo dermatology, patch testing and connective tissue diseases also fall under this category.


    Work of a dermatologist


    So anyone pursuing a career in dermatology is known as a dermatologist. Many assume that since the mortality rate with skin diseases is less, a career as a dermatologist is not alluring. But, the skin, being the largest organ of the human body, is prone to many diseases and so pursuing a career as a clinical and surgical dermatologist could be intriguing. With the advent of cosmetic surgery and with liposuction, face lifts, the use of botulinum toxin, fillers, and laser surgery, dermatologists now reign supreme in their field. This career also gives the option of balancing time between one’s professional and personal lives.


    Courses to complete


    Students must complete their undergraduate MBBS course before they can opt for Dermatology as the specialization course for further studies. After completion of the undergraduate course, they can pursue their post graduate courses in some of the following known medical colleges offering dermatology after clearing the entrance examinations required for admission to these.

    1.      All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

    2.      Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry

    3.      Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh

    4.      Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi

    5.      Christian Medical College, Vellore

    6.      Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

    7.      B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad

    8.      Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi

    9.      Bangalore Medical College(BMC) and Research Institute, Bangalore

    10.  Medical College & Hospital Kolkata

    11.  Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

    12.  University College of Medical sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi

    13.  M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore

    14.  Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai

    15.  Lady Hardinge Medical College(LHMC), New Delhi


    Pay package and career


    A dermatologist can start his / her career with a pay package of more than Rs. 50,000.00 per month in a central government hospital while a professor / HOD / Director can earn more than thrice this amount. In private sectors, depending upon the performance, the starting salary of a dermatologist can be more than Rs. 30000.00 per month. Career options also include opening a private clinic.


    Hospitals which recruit dermatologists

    Those interested in pursuing a career in dermatology can apply to some of the leading hospitals in India which recruit dermatologists as and when required – AIIMS (New Delhi), Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (Chandigarh), Bombay Hospital (Mumbai), Department of Dermatology & Venereology (Delhi University), Christian Medical College (Vellore), Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, Department of Dermatology (Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences), Apollo Hospital (Chennai), Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, Jaslok Hospital (Mumbai) and Lilavati Hospital (Mumbai).


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