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Why do research in dermatology?

There are many different reasons for pursuing an interest in research, not least a personal desire to answer some unanswered questions.
Some of the main pros and cons of dermatological research are listed below:

Advantages of dermatology research:

  • Dermatology research offers an interesting and diverse career – you are never bored!
  • Research publications and higher degrees enhance your CV and may improve job prospects
  • The skin is an organ that offers itself to clinical research – it is visible & relatively easy to sample
  • Dermatology training and practice allow a degree of flexibility for research time
  • The skin can be a good ‘model’ organ for the study of immunological mechanisms, environmental and genetic effects etc.
  • You can carry out research that is specific to human disease
  • Getting involved in research helps to develop skills to critically appraise new study evidence
  • Research can give you a better understanding of disease when seeing patients
  • Dermatology is one of the few specialties in which you can simultaneously combine clinical and academic work 
Some disadvantages:
  • Research is time-consuming and publishable results are not guaranteed
  • Your salary may be lower whilst you spend time ‘out of programme’ for research and if you do a higher degree, you are likely to become a consultant later than those who do not take time to do research.
  • It can be a challenge to obtain funding for research


Exposure to research has now become a compulsory component of the postgraduate dermatology training curriculum, even for those who do not want to pursue a research career in the long-term.

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