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So I’ve always been set on becoming a dermatologist but recently I’ve been looking more and more into dentistry. It was suggested to me out of the blue by a teacher who thought I might prefer the shorter training time😂 but now I don’t know what to do. To specialise fully as a consultant dermatologist is 12 years which doesn’t phase me too much other than the complication of possibly wanting kids whilst I’m training whereas dental training is a total of 6 years. As someone who is definitely very family oriented do you think dentistry would be better for me?
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Different jobs. Why were you drawn to dermatology?
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Training in dermatology:
5 years medical school
2 years foundation programme
2 years internal medicine training
4 years specialty training.

So it's either going to be 8 years post-med school; or 13 years including med school.

Dermatology is also very competitive, so you may well have to take gap years enhancing your CV before getting in the specialty. This means you wouldn't be a consultant aged 31 (the youngest you can be a derm consultant).

If you are drawn to dermatology because of the working hours, bear in mind that to train in dermatology you'd have to get through 4 years of tough FY and IMT which will have a fair few medical on-call shifts.
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Different jobs. Why were you drawn to dermatology?
I’ve always been really interested in skincare, skin diseases like eczema and particularly skin cancer kind of random Ik but it’s always been something that intrigued me
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Training in dermatology:
5 years medical school
2 years foundation programme
2 years internal medicine training
4 years specialty training.

So it's either going to be 8 years post-med school; or 13 years including med school.

Dermatology is also very competitive, so you may well have to take gap years enhancing your CV before getting in the specialty. This means you wouldn't be a consultant aged 31 (the youngest you can be a derm consultant).

If you are drawn to dermatology because of the working hours, bear in mind that to train in dermatology you'd have to get through 4 years of tough FY and IMT which will have a fair few medical on-call shifts.
Aha yes dw I’m fully aware of that it’s more the actual topics of things like skin cancer and eczema/ psoriasis that drew me to dermatology not the working hours
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I’ve always been really interested in skincare, skin diseases like eczema and particularly skin cancer kind of random Ik but it’s always been something that intrigued me
In that case I would stick with plan A.
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