Dermatology is one of the most varied of the physician specialties allowing options for seeing all age groups of patients with inflammatory, inherited, environmental, occupational or malignant skin disorders. At present skin disease is one of commonest reasons for patients to consult a doctor and given the current observed increases in skin cancer and inflammatory conditions like eczema it is likely that dermatology will expand in the future. There will be an ongoing need to have secondary care based dermatology clinics and services nationally, although in some parts of the UK a component of out patient work may be carried out in other settings e.g. community hospitals. Specialist dermatology involves predominantly out patient work for diagnosis, investigation and treatment supported by appropriately staffed in patient facilities for severe inflammatory disorders.
Dermatology is a career option worth considering in terms of sheer variety of case mix from milder to severe, life limiting inflammatory disorders in all age groups. There are options, through sub specialty training, to have a more surgically oriented post, one involved with investigation and treatment of allergic disorders, paediatrics based jobs or one involving phototherapy/photobiology. Specialist dermatology training allows exposure to all these potential subspecialties in addition to dermatopathology, infectious conditions and the use of lasers.
Entry into Dermatology training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are three core training programmes for Dermatology:
The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.
Information on the Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Dermatology can be found on the MRCP(UK) website.
Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. ARCP decision aids were revised to reflect the changes to the assessment and review process from August 2014 and replace all previous versions.