Selecting a dermatologist
One approach is to ask your primary care physician whom he or she might
recommend; another is to obtain referrals from friends or co- workers.
In addition, you might contact the American Academy of Dermatology, a
professional association who can provide information on skin doctors in
In making your selection, you'll want to consider the
doctor's experience and educational background. Being board- certified
is one possible indicator of quality, as it signifies that the doctor
has received three years of training at a hospital and passed a
rigorous board exam.
If you're concerned about a particular problem,
such as acne or rosacea (rose-AY-shuh), you might look for a
dermatologist with special training in that condition. Aside from the
doctor's qualifications, you should also assess personal factors like
whether he or she seems genuinely interested in your concerns, listens
well, and takes time to answer your questions thoroughly. The office
itself needn't be fancy, but it should appear neat, professional, and
well-organized. The staff should also be pleasant and efficient.