Outside the obvious deciding factors when choosing any medical professional (proximity to where you live, hours of operation, referrals from friends, online reviews) there are a few tips you can follow to find the best dermatologist for you who not only suits your personal tastes for professionalism and bedside manner but who has also been recognized by qualified organizations and met certain criteria that ensures a level of skill and knowledge above the average skin specialist.
Finding the Best Dermatologist Tip #1: Look for “Board-Certified” Credentials
One of the surest ways to take the guesswork out of finding a highly knowledgeable and trustworthy dermatologist is to look for the term “Board-Certified” in his or her credentials. Dermatologists typically list their credentials in their bio, and a dermatologist who is recognized as board-certified by The American Board of Dermatology has undergone the most rigorous training available in the field.
To be board-certified, a dermatologist must meet certain criteria set out by his or her peers. This means (as stated by The American Board of Dermatology) “Completing 3 or more years of an accredited residency program in dermatology, passing exams demonstrating their dermatology knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to treat patients, and a commitment to stay current on the latest dermatology advanced by participating in continuing certification activities and assessments throughout their careers.”
Finding the Best Dermatologist Tip #2: Consider Experience Level
In addition to board certification, it’s important to choose a dermatologist based on their actual experience level. For example, some dermatologists specialize in general dermatology while others specialize in aesthetic dermatology. Still others, such as Dr. Renata Prado and Dr. Vinh Chung, specialize in both dermatology and Mohs micrographic surgery. This understanding of skin cancer diagnosis and treatment from two separate but related disciplines can be ideal for patients concerned with possible skin cancer lesions or who undergo more frequent mole checks due to medical and family histories.
Finding the Best Dermatologist Tip #3: Consider Gender Preference
The practice of dermatology, in addition to other services, includes regular full-body skin exams of patients. Developing a good patient-doctor relationship is essential for instilling trust and keeping our patients comfortable from the moment they step through our doors to the moment they leave.
Some patients may feel more comfortable with either a male or female dermatologist. The dermatology team at Vanguard consists of both male and female dermatologists as well as male and female physician assistants.
Schedule Your Dermatology Consultation Today
Whether you’re currently struggling with a dermatological concern and want to find the best dermatologist to take care of you, or you would like to build a relationship with one of Vanguard’s dermatologists to ensure the ongoing health and safety of your skin, contact us today at 719-355-1585 or by filling out our online appointment request form.