We often hear the term “Board-certified” but what does it mean? Board-certified dermatologists have both the training and hands-on experience to diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin conditions—some may be stubborn and troubling and some, like melanoma, can be life-threatening. Only a doctor can become Board-certified as well, so while nurse practitioners and physician assistants may see dermatology patients they usually don’t have nearly as much training. Although there are many reasons why your family should see an American Board of Dermatology-certified dermatologist for their skincare needs, here are our top five reasons to see a Board-certified dermatologist.
1. Board-certified Dermatologists are the skin cancer experts.
Skin cancer and other skin conditions can be hard to spot, challenging to diagnose, and even harder to treat. While many other healthcare providers offer some type of dermatologic care, physicians certified by the American Board of Dermatology have many years of specialized training in skincare. They also have specialized tools for examining and monitoring your skin for signs of skin cancer. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for skin cancer is 99%.
2. Board-certified Dermatologists handle the toughest skin conditions.
Board-certified dermatologists are the experts in treating difficult skin problems including chronic conditions that are tricky to diagnose and treat without the right expertise and the right tools. Some of these conditions are cosmetic concerns, while others cause a serious impact on quality of life.
3. Board-certified Dermatologists can spot emergencies.
Some skin conditions are actually signs of medical emergencies requiring immediate care, such as cellulitis or staph infections. Because of their extensive experience with skin, dermatologists are able to recognize these signs when other care providers may not.
4. Board-certified dermatologists know the best and fastest ways to deal with pesky skin pests.
Our skin is vulnerable to a number of infectious diseases, including bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, and even parasites. Conditions like herpes, candida (yeast rash), and ringworm (common parasite) can all be diagnosed, managed, or cured most effectively by Board-certified dermatologists who are required to know the latest advances in skincare.
5. Board-certified Dermatologists have much more training in dermatology and skin cancer surgery.
Before becoming a Board-certified dermatologist, someone must first receive a bachelor’s degree and then attend medical school to receive an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). For an MD, that’s four years in bachelor’s education, four years of medical school, and one year of internship, followed by a three-year residency in an accredited dermatology program. Many dermatologists also pursue fellowships in specialty practices like Mohs surgery, a highly effective treatment for skin cancers.
After the educational and experience requirements are fulfilled, a dermatologist must pass an exam administered by the American Board of Dermatology. The physician must pass this exam every 10 years to retain their board certification to help them remain up to date on the latest dermatologic advances. We have annual CME hour requirements, as well.
At Dermatology Consultants, our 20 highly experienced, Board-certified dermatologists are available at our four locations to help keep your skin stay healthy. Schedule an appointment by calling 651-209-1600 or request an appointment online. The experience and knowledge that comes with Board Certification essential to providing the best dermatology care. That’s why you will always see a Board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology Consultants.