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Welcome to the official site of the Pacific Dermatology Residency Program of Western University, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach and Coast Dermatology. Please read through the site for more information about the program, resident qualifications and how you can apply.

What Is An Osteopathic Dermatologist?

As complete physicians of medicine, D.O.s specialize in all the major specialties and subspecialties. D.O.s who specialize in dermatology have completed a rigorous program of medical education and training that includes:

  • Obtaining an undergraduate B.S. or a B.A. degree
  • Completing four years of general medical education at one of 20 federally accredited osteopathic medical schools resulting in the awarding of the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) degree
  • Completing one year federally accredited internship program in general medicine
  • Completing a three year federally accredited residency program in dermatology
  • Dermatology subspecialists have one to two more years of subspecialty training

The training for an osteopathic dermatologist is the same as an allopathic of M.D. dermatologist. The curriculum consists of concentrated study of the skin, hair and nails. Although physicians in other specialties, based on their training and level of personal interest may feel comfortable with basic skin problems, the physician emerging from this training, whether D.O. or M.D., will have the greatest degree of knowledge and understanding of how to approach and care for the largest organ of the body – the skin. Dermatologists focus on how your skin, hair and nails affect (and is affected by) your health.