Dermatologist Duties and Responsibilities
From our analysis of job postings, here are some of the core responsibilities of dermatologists:
The primary responsibility of dermatologists is to evaluate the skin conditions of their patients. This requires a methodical attention to detail and an extensive knowledge of both common and rare skin diseases. Dermatologists usually dictate their analysis to a digital recorder to analyze at a later time.
Analyze Patient Medical History
Dermatologists analyze a patient’s medical history while they review their initial evaluation of the patient. They use the combination of this information to determine if more extensive diagnostic tests are needed or which medications can be prescribed to treat the patient’s conditions.
Refer Patients to Other Specialists as Needed
Even though dermatologists are specialists, they still have to refer patients to other specialists from time to time. This could include referring patients for specialized diagnostic testing or to another dermatologist who specializes in certain skin conditions.
Participate in Professional Development Opportunities
Like any other medical doctor, dermatologists have to keep their knowledge fresh. This involves attending seminars and conferences, as well as conducting clinical research.
Prescribe Medications and Provide Skin Therapy Treatments
If dermatologists can diagnose patient conditions without further testing, they provide treatment. For some conditions, this means the application of skin therapy treatments. For most common ailments, this means prescribing medications.