What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is The Authority on Skin. Dermatologists are specialist doctors whose area of expertise is conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. This is similar to a cardiologist being an expert on heart diseases or an orthopaedic surgeon who is an expert on bones and joints.

What makes a dermatologist?

In New Zealand, dermatologists undergo extensive training after completing six years of medical school. They complete at least 12 years of post-graduate training to become a fully qualified dermatologist, often more. Some then go on to complete a 1-2 year fellowship in Mohs surgery to qualify as a Mohs surgeon.

In New Zealand, dermatologists must be a member of the NZDSI.

The New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated (NZDSI) is the responsible society delegated by the Medical Council of New Zealand to oversee dermatologists.

Dermatologists are the experts at skin, hair and nails.

Dermatologists undergo specialist training in all things skin, hair and nails. As such they are the experts at:

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