Dermatopathology is a subspecialty under both dermatology (focuses on the treatment of skin disorders) and pathology (focuses on determining the cause, origin, and nature of a disease at a microscopic and molecular level). To become a certified dermatopathologist, dermatologists have to complete at least one-year subspecialty training in anatomic pathology and pass a board exam. In many countries, board-certified dermatopathologists are re-certified every ten years.
Patients who have unusual, rare, or complicated skin diseases can consult a dermatopathologist who specialises in diagnosing skin biopsies under the microscope. Aside from obtaining a diagnosis, the services of dermatopathologists can also be sought to get a second opinion before a patient undergo any type of treatment particularly if it involves a delicate or high-risk surgical procedure.
If you are in a country where the services of dermatopathologists are not widely available or are very expensive, come to Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia where you can find some of the best dermatopathologists in the world. These three countries are now recognised as medical tourism hubs and are deeply committed to further improving medical care. They invest heavily in training and further professional development by sending their doctors to Western countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, where they further develop their clinical skills, learn about new cutting-edge techniques, and stay up-to-date with the most advanced technologies.
The skills and expertise of dermatopathologists in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are complemented by the countries’ advanced medical infrastructures and modern facilities. These countries are home to world-renowned hospitals with dedicated dermatopathology departments with some of them accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). Such accreditations mirror their unparalleled commitment to providing exceptional services and world-class medical care. You can benefit from these without spending a fortune, as medical services in Southeast Asia are far more affordable when compared to Western countries.