Best PG Branches After MBBS -Dermatology

Dermatology after MBBS (NEET PG)
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We have started this new series of articles on “Best PG Branches after MBBS” to review various PG branches with respect to pros the and cons. This makes it easier for you to make a decision of choosing the best PG branch. Dermatology after MBBS (NEET PG) is not easily available and usually is taken by top rankers. The two main factors are no emergency duties and early settlement. But there are a few cons too which you should know beforehand so that you can take a confident decision of choosing dermatology. Here we’ll review dermatology for its pros and cons in detail.

Pros of choosing Dermatology after MBBS

  • Early settlement
  • No emergency duty and no night shifts
  • Nearly everyone has skin problems, whether it’s acne, hair loss or fungal infection. There are many patients.
  • You can easily start your own practice
  • Cost of starting own practice is less
  • Dermatology practice includes both medical and surgical aspects
  • Can practice dermatology procedures if you are interested in doing surgical work. These include laser therapy, botox, chemical peels, electrodessication, cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, tattoo removals, micro needling and many more.
  • You can also do hair transplants
  • There is a great deal of variety of work you can do in dermatology so that it never gets monotonous. Some of the subspecialties include Medical Dermatology Surgical Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatoimmunology, Photomedicine (Phototherapy & Photopheresis), Venereology
  • If you are into private practice and practicing procedural dermatology, you can make good amounts

Cons of choosing Dermatology after MBBS

  • Competition from other trained or untrained doctors or quacks who do not have the MCI approved dermatology degree but still call themselves dermatologist and do procedures.
  • High pressure of patient’s expectations as outcomes will show immediately if you are doing procedures
  • Most dermatology diseases are chronic by nature and patient satisfaction is usually not immediate
  • Relapses and remissions are almost like a rule
  • Jobs at medical colleges get saturated very quickly, hence working in private practice or in branded clinics is the only way forward

Earning potential and Prospects of Dermatology – India and Abroad (Corporate Setups)

In Government setups, though the pay scales can be quite low in some states but in corporate setups the salaries are good.


  • Starting MD/ DNB Dermatologist salary – 10-15 lakhs/year
  • Dermatologist with private practice doing procedures (depending on popularity): 30-50 lakhs/ year

Dubai/Qatar/Saudi Arabia: 90–120 lakhs/year (40,000 to 60,000 AED per Month) (Usually they require minimum 1–2 year work experience after MD Dermatology and clear their licensing exam)

UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand: You can migrate to the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand with salaries ranging from 50–150 lakhs/year . For working as a dermatologist in the UK, after medical school, you must complete 2 years foundation year training (F1 or F2). To become a dermatologist, one must complete 2 years of general medical training. This is also called core medical training 1 and 2. Then, you will need to pass the Membership of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom exams and then apply for specialist training. All applicants are subject to an interview and a previous show of interest, such as research in the chosen field.  Because the Indian medical training is only three years, the Indian dermatology qualification are not equivalent to the UK’s. One must either retrain in the UK, or apply for a Certificate Eligible for Specialist Registration (CESR) to be included in the General Medical Council (GMC). CESR is the collection of evidence over the past five years that demonstrates the same knowledge and experience in dermatology. You must also gather evidence to support medical training. This involves spending time in clinics and medical wards to obtain the necessary medicine competencies. To increase their chances of passing the CESR, some doctors have also cleared MRCP (UK). The Specialty Certificate Examination in Dermatology (SCE), is also attempted by most doctors. This exam is only given once per year. The SCE is usually taken by candidates in UK training positions in their penultimate years of higher specialty training. The SCE can be found in the UK as well as at many international locations. It’s in a MCQ format with 200 questions relating to the UK dermatology curriculum. Currently, 67% of applicants for dermatology are successful in becoming consultants through the CESR route.

Practice in the UK after MD Dermatology

USA: If you wish to practice in the US then you have to mandatory do residency in the USA all over again. MD Dermatology from India has no meaning in the US. It is very difficult to get into a dermatology residency program in the US due to the popularity of the branch.

(These figures are intended as a guide only)

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