Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Diagnoses and treats pigmented lesions such as common acquired nevi, congenital nevi, dysplastic nevi, Spitz nevi, blue nevi, or melanoma.
- Conducts complete skin examinations.
- Records patients' health histories.
- Counsels patients on topics such as the need for annual dermatologic screenings, sun protection, skin cancer awareness, or skin and lymph node self-examinations.
- Diagnoses and treats skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, athlete's foot, moles, psoriasis, or skin cancer.
- Performs incisional biopsies to diagnose melanoma.
- Performs skin surgery to improve appearance, make early diagnoses, or control diseases such as skin cancer.
- Prescribes hormonal agents or topical treatments such as contraceptives, spironolactone, antiandrogens, oral corticosteroids, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics.
- Recommends diagnostic tests based on patients' histories and physical examination findings.
- Provides dermatologic consultation to other health professionals.
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