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Working As A Dermatologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $50,237

    Average Salary

What Does A Dermatologist Do

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. 

Duties

Medical assistants typically do the following:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by the physician and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing some medical assistants’ jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information from paper to electronic records. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses.

Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician’s supervision.

In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.

Administrative medical assistants often fill out insurance forms or code patients’ medical information. They often answer telephones and schedule patient appointments.

Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They may have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for x rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings.

Some medical assistants specialize according to the type of medical office where they work. The following are examples of specialized medical assistants:

Ophthalmic medical assistants and optometric assistants help ophthalmologists and optometrists, respectively, provide eye care. They show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses. Ophthalmic medical assistants also may help an ophthalmologist in surgery.

Podiatric medical assistants work closely with podiatrists (foot doctors). They may make castings of feet, expose and develop x rays, and help podiatrists in surgery.

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How To Become A Dermatologist

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.

Education

Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

Training

Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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Dermatologist Demographics

Gender

Female

86.3%

Male

12.5%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

70.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

5.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.0%

Portuguese

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Ukrainian

7.4%

Hindi

7.4%

Urdu

7.4%

Arabic

7.4%

French

3.7%

Kannada

3.7%

Polish

3.7%
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Dermatologist Education

Schools

University of Miami

9.4%

Eastern Michigan University

6.3%

College of DuPage

6.3%

University of Washington

6.3%

New York University

6.3%

Ohio State University

6.3%

Montreat College

6.3%

Columbia Southern University

6.3%

University of California - Irvine

6.3%

American InterContinental University

6.3%

Paul D Camp Community College

6.3%

Brown University

3.1%

University of Florida

3.1%

Wesleyan University

3.1%

Washington State University

3.1%

San Joaquin Valley College

3.1%

University of New England

3.1%

Central Connecticut State University

3.1%

Miami University

3.1%

Merrimack College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

16.4%

Nursing

11.5%

Medical Assisting Services

9.8%

Health Care Administration

8.2%

Medicine

7.4%

Biology

7.4%

Psychology

5.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

4.1%

Marketing

4.1%

Public Health

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Management

1.6%

Veterinary Science

1.6%

Management Science

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Philosophy

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

35.3%

Bachelors

32.9%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

5.2%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

2.3%
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Real Dermatologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dermatologist Wellspan Medical Group York, PA Jun 09, 2016 $500,000
Dermatologist Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Dec 12, 2016 $475,000
Dermatologist Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Jan 07, 2016 $475,000
Dermatologist Peacehealth Eugene, OR Jul 24, 2016 $458,147
Dermatologist St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System Duluth, MN Nov 20, 2015 $450,000
Dermatologist St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System Duluth, MN Sep 22, 2014 $450,000
Dermatologist Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Aug 28, 2015 $425,000
Dermatologist Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Jan 07, 2016 $425,000
Dermatologist Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Jul 01, 2013 $425,000
Dermatologist Laconia Clinic, P.C. Laconia, NH Aug 31, 2013 $400,000
Dermatologist United Health Services Hospitals Vestal, NY Oct 19, 2015 $400,000 -
$440,000
Dermatologist Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa Mason City, IA Sep 22, 2010 $400,000
Dermatologist Peacehealth Eugene, OR Jul 12, 2013 $392,885
Mohs/General Dermatologist Northeast Dermatology Associates, P.C. Beverly, MA Aug 16, 2012 $375,000
Mohs/General Dermatologist Northeast Dermatology Associates Beverly, MA Sep 01, 2012 $375,000
Dermatologist Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. Kenosha, WI Aug 15, 2011 $350,000
Dermatologist Gennady Rubinstein, M.D., Inc. CA Sep 01, 2012 $350,000
Dermatologist Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. Kenosha, WI Sep 01, 2011 $350,000
Dermatologist Fort Myers Dermatopathology, Pa Bonita Springs, FL Nov 15, 2009 $320,000
Dermatologist Fort Myers Dermatopathology, Pa Fort Myers, FL Nov 15, 2009 $320,000
Dermatologist Fort Myers Dermatopathology, P.A. Fort Myers, FL Nov 16, 2012 $320,000
Dermatologist Veterans Administration Medical Center Lexington, KY Dec 31, 2016 $275,421
Dermatologist Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Concord, NH Jun 18, 2010 $275,000
Dermatologist Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Concord, NH Sep 01, 2009 $275,000
Dermatologist Henry Ford Health System Troy, MI Sep 04, 2010 $265,000
Dermatologist Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Feb 27, 2009 $250,000
Dermatologist Moy-Fincher-Chipps Medical Group Beverly Hills, CA Jul 09, 2013 $250,000
Dermatologist University of Southern California Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Nov 04, 2013 $240,000

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Top Skills for A Dermatologist

SurgicalProceduresCosmeticDermatologyLaserSkinCancerSchedulingAppointmentsMohsSurgeryPatientChartsPatientCareProceduresLabMedicalHistoryChemicalPeelsMedicalRecordsBiopsyResultsBotoxFrontOfficeExamRoomsCustomerServiceDataEntryInsuranceFormsEMR

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Top Dermatologist Skills

  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Cosmetic Dermatology
  3. Laser
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Practice medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology in a large multi-specialty clinic as the first and sole dermatologist.
  • Developed and implemented didactics, clinical teaching (general dermatology, cosmetics, surgery, and lasers), research
  • Demonstrated ability to perform skin cancer evaluations and manage diagnosed skin cancer appropriately.
  • Front Office & Back Office Support: Reception, scheduling appointments, customer service, etc.
  • Maintain patient records for Mohs Surgery

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