Overview of Dermatology Examinations

After satisfactorily completing graduate education and post-graduate training, the dermatologist candidate is eligible for the certifying examination administered by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), which covers clinical and laboratory dermatology as well as dermatopathology (pathology evaluation of the skin).

To maintain certified status, dermatologists must take a re-certification examination every 10 years.

Dermatologist Board Certification

Once the physician has successfully completed the required course of graduate study and clinical training and has passed the examination, he or she is awarded a certificate by the American Board of Dermatology.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015