As dermatologists we specialise in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails. Living in a country of extreme ultraviolet light radiation dermatologists in Australia are the peak body of experts in the diagnosis and management of skin cancers
To become a dermatologist, one must complete a medical degree which can take up to six years to complete. This is followed by at least 3 or 4 years of general training in medicine and surgery and in addition some laboratory-based research including a higher degree and overseas clinical experience prior to commencing a four-year training programme in Dermatology. After successfully completed this programme as well as passing the rigorous examinations set by the Australasian College of Dermatologists one can then call themselves a Dermatologist. This is signified by the letters FACD.
In total, it can take up to almost 20 years from the start of medical school to finally becoming a consultant dermatologist.
All practicing dermatologists have an obligation to maintain professional standards and participate in the Australasian College of Dermatologists Continuing Professional Development.