Dermatologists are doctors that specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses of the skin, hair, and nails. Acne, dermatitis, warts, Psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, skin cancer screening, skin growths/infections, nail disorders, and hair loss are all diseases that medical dermatology address. Skin cancer evaluation and treatment, destruction and excision of benign, premalignant, and malignant skin lesions, nail surgery, and skin cancer evaluation and treatment using Mohs micrographic surgery and facial reconstruction are all skills that fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons and dermatologic surgeons have. Feel free to visit their website at West Dermatology Fresno for more details.
The demand for dermatologists currently outnumbers the supply. Dermatologists treat both men and women in almost equal numbers, and patients of all ages, though the bulk of dermatological visits are from patients aged 10 to 55 and 65 and up. Dermatologists are in high demand, with an average wait of 6-8 weeks to see one due to the skin cancer epidemic (over one million cases per year) and the ageing population. Dermatologists to patients ratio is roughly 1: 33,000 nationwide, however it is substantially higher in rural areas. For decades, these proportions have remained consistent.
It is practically impossible to increase the number of dermatologists in any reasonable time frame due to the difficulty of developing new dermatological training programmes and the fact that several dermatology residencies have closed in recent years. Some dermatologists have recently specialised in cosmetics and no longer treat skin malignancies or provide medical dermatology. Furthermore, around 65 percent of dermatologists are over 54 years old and will shortly retire, adding to the shortfall. Because dermatology is one of the top three most competitive medical specialities, only a small number of foreign medical students are accepted into residency training programmes, such as those in internal medicine or family practise. The relatively large percentage of females entering dermatology as part-time employees significantly limits the number of patients who can be seen. All of these factors will ensure the need for skilled dermatologists for many years to come.