Dermatologists are doctors of the skin, which is the largest
organ of the human body. They treat common skin ailments such as
sunburns, acne, and rashes. They also treat serious skin conditions,
such as skin cancer. All in all, dermatologists treat more than 3,000
diseases. About two dozen skin ailments make up about 80 percent of the
cases seen nationwide. There are different sub specialties within the
field of dermatology. These sub specialties include cosmetic dermatology,
dermatopathology, immunodermatology, pediatric dermatology, and
teledermatology. Dermatologists usually work in a private practice
office. They may be employed by the office or own the office if they
have years of experience.
Dermatologist Duties and Responsibilities
From our analysis of job postings, here are some of the core responsibilities of dermatologists:
The primary responsibility of dermatologists is to evaluate the skin
conditions of their patients. This requires a methodical attention to
detail and an extensive knowledge of both common and rare skin diseases.
Dermatologists usually dictate their analysis to a digital recorder to
analyze at a later time.
Analyze Patient Medical History
Dermatologists analyze a patient’s medical history while they review
their initial evaluation of the patient. They use the combination of
this information to determine if more extensive diagnostic tests are
needed or which medications can be prescribed to treat the patient’s
Refer Patients to Other Specialists as Needed
Even though dermatologists are specialists, they still have to refer
patients to other specialists from time to time. This could include
referring patients for specialized diagnostic testing or to another
dermatologist who specializes in certain skin conditions.
Participate in Professional Development Opportunities
Like any other medical doctor, dermatologists have to keep their
knowledge fresh. This involves attending seminars and conferences, as
well as conducting clinical research.
Prescribe Medications and Provide Skin Therapy Treatments
If dermatologists can diagnose patient conditions without further
testing, they provide treatment. For some conditions, this means the
application of skin therapy treatments. For most common ailments, this
means prescribing medications.
- Bachelors’ degree of Medicine followed by specialized training in Dermatology Medicine
- Preferably with Arab Board, CCT, CCST or American Board or any qualification equivalent recognized by UAE licensing authority
- With experience in cosmetology procedures
- With UAE registration/license as Dermatologist (DHA/HAAD/MOH)
- Computer Skills: MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Internet and Hospital MIS
- Language Skills: Good English communication skills, preferably Arabic