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Complete guide to becoming a Dermatologist

Good-looking glowing skin and healthy hair are the most wanted things for every human being. If the case of women, long and beautiful nails are also a desire. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It saves us from many fatal diseases or infections and maintains our body temperature.


It also enables us to have touch sensations. It is also called the first line of defense. We can see our skin, hair, and nails. It seems a little easy to understand the function of all these parts but it is not that simple. Dermatology is a branch of medical science that deals with the study of skin, hair, and nails.

The study involves research, diagnosis, and treatment along with the management of any health condition that affects the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist is a doctor who diagnoses diseases related to the skin. A dermatologist treats the disease by using medicines, surgeries, and other cosmetic procedures. A specialist dermatologist can treat more than 3000 skin conditions. The study and training include extensive research and practice. A dermatologist can treat patients of any age.


If you want to be a dermatologist then here is the complete guide to becoming an expert dermatologist in India.


  • You need to have a lot of determination and passion to pursue a career as a dermatologist in your secondary school.
  • You need to opt for Medical subjects (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) in your 12th class. You must pass it with an aggregate of 50% from a recognized board.
  • You need to take the NEET UG exam with a good rank or score.
  • You must be admitted for an MBBS degree from a recognized medical school for 4 years.
  • After MBBS, the next step is to go for an internship in dermatology for at least 1 year.
  • Continued training for at least 3 years can be a better option.
  • Prepare for the NEET PG exam and take admission to the MD course for three years.
  • After completing MD or M.Sc in Dermatology, apply for the requisite registration from the medical council of India.
  • You can also go for further specializations like Plastic Surgery. For this purpose, you need to go for an MCh degree. An MCh degree is the highest master’s degree in Surgical Science.
  • After completing your MD, you can go for further fellowship programs of 1-2 years. This may help you to have better training in your field of study and practice.
  • You must apply for a license before starting your practice. Under the medical laws of the Government of India, it is mandatory to have a license of registration under the Medical Council of India.


You can also be a Dermatologist without doing an MBBS degree. You can do globally recognized dermatology courses. A few of them are listed as follows: Diploma in Dermatology, B.Sc Dermatology, Bachelor of Dermal Science, Masters in Dermatology, and Diploma in Advanced Skin Studies.

The list of colleges for Dermatology is:

  • AIIMS Delhi
  • KMC Manipal
  • CMC Vellore
  • AFMC Pune
  • St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore
  • KMC Mangalore


The initial average salary of a Dermatologist depends upon experience and work. It also depends on whether you have joined any government services or private jobs. Usually, it starts at INR 10 lakhs yearly and goes up to INR 40 lakhs yearly.