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Dermatology

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Dermatologists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases and cancers. The skin is the largest organ of the body. Dermatologists look after patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults. On a typical work day, the dermatologist deals with a wide variety of disorders. However, given our climate, Australian dermatologists spend a lot of time treating diseases caused by sun exposure. These include sunspots and skin cancers. As dermatologists have a wide variety of treatments at their disposal (creams, liquid nitrogen, various types of surgery), they are able to deliver specific treatment for skin cancers.

Other typical skin consultations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis.

Skin also includes hair, nails and the wet areas of the mouth and genitalia. Dermatologists are experts in the diagnosis and management of disorders affecting these areas.

GPs can practice with a sub-specialty; this allows them to focus on a particular area of medical interest. See below for further information on the training requirements for a sub-specialty in Dermatology .

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35 hours/week
average time worked
$153,795/year
average salary
4 years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Dermatology
The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD)
   
Dermatologists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases and cancers. The skin is the largest organ of the body. Dermatologists look after patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults. On a typical work day, the dermatologist deals with a wide variety of disorders. However, given our climate, Australian dermatologists spend a lot of time treating diseases caused by sun exposure. These include sunspots and skin cancers. As dermatologists have a wide variety of treatments at their disposal (creams, liquid nitrogen, various types of surgery), they are able to deliver specific treatment for skin cancers.

Other typical skin consultations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis.

Skin also includes hair, nails and the wet areas of the mouth and genitalia. Dermatologists are experts in the diagnosis and management of disorders affecting these areas.
https://www.dermcoll.edu.au/
35
50/50
31
4
Oversubscribed
108 (46 BT, 52 AT)
Yes
Trainees need to complete all 25 modules required to attain the Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology. https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/curricula/curricula-renewal/paediatrics-child-health-basic-training-curriculum/knowledge-guides/dermatology offers a comprehensive course for general practitioners to diagnose and optimally manage common skin conditions (including skin cancer).
To be eligible for consideration for selection, applicants must:
1. Be registered for medical practice in Australia
2. Have permanent residency status in Australia or be permitted to remain in Australia indefinitely
3. Have completed or be likely to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 2 years of acceptable postgraduate training (PGY1 and PGY2 accredited positions) in a teaching hospital or equivalent recognised by the college by the time of commencing the training program.

Acceptable training is defined as accredited PGY1 and PGY2 years with a broad exposure to a variety of disciplines, preferably including terms in general medicine and general surgery.

The application form seeks information on a number of different aspects of your career. Each is assessed and contributes to your overall rating, which determines whether you are shortlisted or not.

Areas that are assessed include:
- Academic performance
- Employment history/clinical experience (relative to time since graduation)
- Academic presentations and publications
- Community/social involvement
- Leadership
- Striving for excellence
- Previous dermatological experience

Applicants will be ranked by a team of Fellows of the college according to national guidelines in each of the two locations for which they have applied.
To apply, you need to be a registered medical practitioner and have completed a minimum two years' postgraduate training. The college prefers applicants who have a wide range of clinical experience.
https://www.dermcoll.edu.au/become-dermatologist-2/australian-medical-graduates/application-procedure/
$153,795
Fellowship examination: $3,660
$3,600
Trainees from 2015 onwards are entitled to 48 months (full-time) training in an accredited training position. Trainees must complete a minimum of 184 weeks (minimum 46 weeks in each year of training) in an accredited training position.

Examinations:
- Pharmacology examination: This multiple choice examination must be passed in the first year of training (or full-time equivalent).
- Fellowship examinations (June): Written papers. These written examinations must be passed in order to progress to July and August fellowship examinations.
- Fellowship examinations (July): Histopathology viva, online laboratory dermatology, online dermoscopy examinations and short case vivas.
- Fellowship examinations (August): Long case and procedural dermatology vivas. All sections of this examination must be passed in order for this component of the fellowship examinations to be satisfactorily completed.
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 10 April 2016.
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NB: Salary figures, working hours, undersubscribed and oversubscribed can vary greatly depending on various factors including but not limited to geographic location, private or public practice. MedVersus provides an Australia wide overview. For information specific to your needs we encourage you to discuss further with the relevant colleges/associations. For feedback/information to keep the site up to date please contact us by email: media@gptq.qld.edu.au

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