Dermatologists specialise in a field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating skin, hair, and nail diseases. Various common skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, warts, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, skin cancer screening, skin growth/infection, nail disorders and hair loss are treated by medical dermatologists. I strongly suggest you to visit West Dermatology Riverside to learn more about this. Mohs surgeons and dermatologic surgeons trained by the Fellowship have experience in the evaluation and treatment of skin cancer, destruction and excision of benign, premalignant and malignant skin lesions, nail surgery, and evaluation and treatment of skin cancer using Mohs micrographic surgery and facial reconstruction.
The existing demand for dermatologists exceeds the supply by much. Dermatologists see relatively equal numbers of women and men and see both age ranges, but most of the visits to dermatology are from patients aged 10-55 and 65+.
Because new dermatology training programmes are very difficult to establish, and given the fact that many dermatology residencies have folded in recent years, it is almost impossible to increase the number of dermatologists in any reasonable time frame. Some dermatologists have recently specialised in cosmetics, but they do not treat skin cancers or provide medical dermatology. Around 65 per cent of dermatologists are now over 54 years of age and will soon retire, contributing to the shortage. There are very few foreign medical students who can join residency training programmes, such as internal medicine or family practise programmes, since dermatology is actually one of the top three most competitive specialties in medicine. The comparatively high number of females in less than full-time jobs joining the dermatology workforce often restricts how many patients can be seen. For several years, all these variables will continue to ensure the need for good dermatologists.
There is also a high demand for Mohs surgeons, especially in rural areas. Mohs surgeons do focus in large urban centres, like many specialists, but there are several Mohs surgeons who represent rural areas and have very busy practises. Given the skin cancer epidemic, the higher cure rates, and the cost-effectiveness of Mohs Micrographic surgery, treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer on the head and neck and other body sites that need tissue preservation will remain the gold standard.