In the modern-day medical landscape, a career in aesthetic dermatology remains one of the much sought after choices. There have been many aesthetic doctors in the world having a strong reputation — for example, Dr. Chloe Sylvestre, the Founder of Clinique Chloé Medico-Esthétique in Montreal.
Dr. Chloe specializes as a doctor in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine, handling over 50,000 cases throughout her career. She has a portfolio of high profile clients who show up at her clinic for some of the most major clinical facilities like skin lasers, dermal fillers, etc.
If you aspire to be a specialist, here is the career path you will need to follow:
- Get a bachelor’s degree
If you want to be a cosmetic doctor, you must have completed pre-academic courses such as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physics, and biology during your undergraduate years.
You must have passed the Examination of Admission to the Faculty of Medicine (MCAT) and get letters of recommendation from your mentors.
It is necessary to have the support of a bachelor’s degree along with the daily pre-academic courses. Other factors that can make you a great candidate for cosmetic doctor are participating in extracurricular activities, working in a hospital, and demonstrating leadership qualities.
Remember that this is one of the most competitive branches of medicine.
- Graduate from Medical School
In medical school, you spend two to three years of training in the classroom in science. There, students learn how the body works, good health, and diseases. But then they go to the hospitals, where for two years in a row clinical rotations in various medical specialties.
You will take courses in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, and pharmacology. And then, you will gain experience working with patients as you complete clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, and psychiatry.
On the other hand, if you attend a traditional medical school, your degree will be a Doctor of Medicine (MD). While attending an osteopathic medical school, which places more emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and preventive medicine, your degree will be a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
- Get a license
As we mentioned, each country has varying requirements to acquire the license. But basically, it consists of the presentation of an exam that demonstrates advanced knowledge about the body and diseases.