How to Find the Right Dermatologist to Treat Your Psoriasis
Maybe you have a referral list from your primary care doctor, or a few recommendations from family or friends. In your search for a good dermatologist, those are great starting points. But it takes more than that to find the right person to advise and support you throughout your psoriasis treatment journey. Here are a few things to look for in a dermatologist to know they’ll provide you a high quality of care.
For 25-year-old Flora Jennings from Washington County, Maryland, the first step was to check credentials. Any doctor with a medical degree can start a dermatology practice, but board certification by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is the gold standard for the industry. To become board-certified, doctors must undergo dermatology-specific training and pass an exam. Basically, board certification is an extra step some doctors take to show their commitment to being at the top of their profession and delivering the highest level of care to their patients.
Most derms have websites nowadays and all their credentials should be listed there. You can also search on Certification Matters by popping your doc’s first name, last name and state into the fields and selecting “Dermatology” from the dropdown box. Another useful website is Healthgrades, which lets you check a doctor’s credentials and experience. Some health insurance companies offer this information for in-network doctors, as well.