Fun fact: Did you know that your skin
is your body’s largest organ? And when you think about it,
we put our skin through a lot. We cool it, heat it, burn it, pick it,
scratch it, hurt it, and cover it in all sorts of
different things. We don’t even really think about it
until something appears that we’ve never seen before. A lump, a rash,
acne, or even losing your hair. That’s when you should probably see
a Dermatologist, and today, I’m meeting up with one to find out
what it is that they do, and why this could be an exciting career
for you! Dermatologists are specialist trained doctors
who manage skin, hair and nail conditions. In Australia, Dermatologists are experts
in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and skin cancer. They also
diagnose and treat all skin related conditions, mild or severe,
including acne, rosacea, eczema, cirrhosis, and excessive sweating. – Doctor Tony?
– Hi, you must be Rebecca. Yeah, that’s me. I’ve just got some questions
on what it’s like to be a Dermatologist. Sure, well would you like to come to
the consult room and we’ll have a chat? – Sounds great!
– Okay, this way. So, what would you like to know? Well let’s starts at the beginning.
As a Dermatologist, what kind of things do you actually do? Well a Dermatologist is both a medical
and procedural specialist. GP’s will refer patients to us who have
problems with their skin, their hair, or their nails. We also perform surgery,
which is for both skin cancer and also for minor lumps and bumps. What made you decide that you wanted to
be a Dermatologist? What attracted me to Dermatology was
that it’s a very diverse career, and I honestly enjoy seeing patients and
knowing that I’m making a difference in their lives. Walk us through a typical day,
what do you get up to? A typical day consulting will involve
seeing patients that are referred to me by General Practitioners.
On a surgical day, I may be given the morning in the
minor procedure room. There I’ll do diagnostic skin biopsies for skin
conditions, various injections, and also minor cosmetic procedures. Then usually in the afternoon,
I move over to the day hospital where I perform a larger surgery
for skin cancer. I guess you would see some pretty
horrible, like, weird things in your job. What would you say the most challenging
part of it is? I think the most challenging part would
be giving bad news to a patient. In Dermatology, from time to time, we
do give bad news related to melanoma. What characteristics and interests do
you think would best suit somebody if they were looking to be a
Dermatologist? I think first and foremost, a Dermatologist
needs to be a good communicator. Having an interest at school, in the
sciences, and also having a good interest in public health and community service,
which will help you to realise the important community role that
a doctor plays. Okay Tony, now it’s time for you
to give us the Edge. – Are you ready?
– Let’s go. Alright, if you can list from school
to now, what steps does somebody need to take if they want to be
become a Dermatologist? Well it is a bit of a long road.
After completing year 12, you need to undertake a medical degree.
This can take between 6-8 years, following on from this, you become
an intern and a resident in the hospital, and this can take between
2-4 years, again. After that, you’re eligible to apply
for specialist training, and the Dermatology training is for a
further 4 years. Most Dermatologists have undertaken an
additional 14 years of training prior to being specialists. 14 years – that is crazy! What advice
would you give to someone to kind of get through that? Well look, it’s obviously a long
road to be becoming a Dermatologist, but what I recommend is that you
have short term goals, and you enjoy yourself along the way. Okay, and if you could do one thing
differently but still end up where you are today, what would it be? I wouldn’t change a thing, I’m really
happy with my career as a Dermatologist, and it gives you a great work
and life balance. Well Tony, it does sound really
interesting and thank you so much – for having a chat with me today!
– Thank you. Well Rebecca, that mole looks
fine to me. – Awesome news Doctor Tony, thanks!
– You’re Welcome.