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Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy [DDVL] is a 2 year diploma course, the duration depends on the colleges. Eligibility for the course is intermediate or bachelors' degree. Admissions to such course are on the basis of Grade and equivalent marks obtained in 10+2 or equivalent to that.

Some of the top colleges offering  Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy are: 

  • Guwahati Medical College, Assam
  • Kasturba Medical College
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)

The tuition fees by average for Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy come between INR 15,000 to 10 Lacs.

Major Job profile and designations for these graduates are Dermatology Professor, Skin Specialist, Medical Representative, Clinical Application specialist, Therapy Manager – IVF Artificial Reproduction and Sales Coordinator etc.

Graduates with this degree have opportunity for the industries like Healthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans etc.

The average salary for Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy graduates is around INR 2 to 9 Lacs but this can be higher on the basis of experience and other factors.

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: Course Highlights

Course LevelGraduate/ Post Graduate
Duration3 months to 3 years
Examination TypeUnit System
EligibilityIntermediate cleared or Bachelor’s degree
Admission ProcessGrade and equivalent marks obtained in 12th class or senior secondary school and equivalent to that.
Course FeeINR 15,000 to 2 Lacs 
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 9 Lacs per annum
Top Recruiting CompaniesHealthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.
Job PositionsDermatology Professor, Skin Specialist, Medical Representative, Clinical Application specialist, Therapy Manager – IVF Artificial Reproduction and Sales Coordinator

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: What is it about?

Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology is a field which is related to skin so it is also called as dermatology. Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology is a branch of medicine which is dealing with the disorders of the skin. Skin is not the only skill for these graduates they can also deal with nails and hairs problems. It involves the removal of scars from skin, extra growth in skin, unusual behavior by skin etc. Some of the disorders are psoriasis, eczema, and allergies of scalp, skin allergies and many more.

In recent days, many dermatologists also perform elective procedures like botox injections, laser hair removal and hair transplant, collagen injections etc.

Listed here are some of the primary objectives of the course:

  • To diagnose and manage common skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and leprosy.
  • To manage efficiently all medical emergencies related with skin, leprosy and venereal disease.
  • To adopt preventive measures at individual and community levels against communicable and venereal diseases and leprosy.
  • To teach requisite knowledge and laboratory skills to other medical/ paramedical team members.
  • To adopt a compassionate attitude towards patients (and their families) under the one’s charge.
  • To evaluate and initiate investigation for solving problems relating to skin and venereal diseases and leprosy.

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: Top institutes 

Name of InstituteCity Fees
Guwahati Medical College, AssamAssamINR 10,000
Kasturba Medical CollegeManipalINR 5 Lacs
All India Institute of Medical SciencesDelhiINR 800 
AFMCPuneINR 20,000 
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)Chandigarh10,000
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)Puducherry8,205
St. John’s Medical CollegeBengaluru, Karnataka151,503
Stanley Medical College (SMC)Chennai, Tamil Nadu20,000
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu25,00,000
Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh, Uttar Pradesh32,265
Assam Medical CollegeDibrugarh, Assam25,000
Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugarajendra Medical College (JJM Medical College)Davangere, Karnataka501,600

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: Eligibility 

To pursue a Diploma degree, candidates need to satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned below:

  • Candidates should have obtained an MBBS Degree from an institution recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • Candidate should have completed a 1- year compulsory rotating internship after passing the final professional examination which is MBBS before 30th April of the academic year.

Candidates in possession of an MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate recognized by the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, besides a permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council and having completed 1 year of internship or/ are likely to complete the internship on or before 31st March or 31st April of the relevant year, may apply for NEET-PG through the online application system.

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: Admission Process

Aspiring candidates can get admission in MBBS course through All India Pre Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT). For admission to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), candidates are required to appear the entrance examination of AIIMS. Other Universities/institutions also conduct their own medical entrance exams for providing admission. Admission process varies from college to college.

List of some entrance test conducted are: 

  • AIIMS PG
  • NEET PG
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) Exam

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: Syllabus and Course Description

Part IPart II
Paper I Basic Sciences in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy.Paper I General & Tropical Dermatology including Venereology, Leprosy & their Social Public Health & Preventive Aspects.
-Paper II Dermatology including Skin Manifestations of Systemic Diseases & Therapeutics.
-Paper III Recent Advances in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy.

Diploma in Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy: Career Prospects

There are lots of career opportunities in the field of dermatology. A graduate in dermatology can seek career option in following areas such as in nursing homes, private or govt. hospitals, clinics and dispensaries.

A graduate student working as a private practitioner or in clinic helps them to gain the confidence and revenue. Experienced dermatologists can pursue rewarding careers abroad as the demand is increasing tremendously. A graduate professional can also apply jobs in foreign countries and work there.

Diploma in Dermatology degree holders working as skin specialists are in great demand these days and these professionals are hired as Dermatologists in private hospitals, nursing homes or government dispensaries. Down the line after attaining considerable experience, dermatologists can set-up their own clinic for treating skin diseases. Since the demand for dermatologists is increasing gradually, career prospects are bright abroad also.

A fresh postgraduate of Diploma in Dermatology courses in a central government hospital can earn around INR 60,000 to 75,000 per month. A senior position such as Professor or Department Head or Director fetches around INR 1.5 lakh per month. In the private sector, the pay package entirely depends on the doctor’s proficiency as well as the number of man-hours spent on the practice, and is generally over INR 35,000- 40,000 per month. Besides that, degree holders can start their own clinic and can practice privately. Dermatologists make an excellent remuneration between INR 1.5 to 3 lakhs per annum in the beginning which can go up to INR 5 lacs per annum with gain in experience.

Employment Areas for MD in Dermatology:

  • Biomedical Companies
  • Health Centers
  • Medical Colleges
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals (Private and Government)
  • Medical Foundation/Trust
  • NGOs
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies
  • Research Areas
  • Private Practice

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Dermatology ProfessorTeaching - Faculty member will have teaching responsibilities to include supervision of residents and medical students. He/she will be expected to participate in Grand Rounds presentations and may choose to speak in other forums on the medical campus. 7 to 8 Lacs
Medical RepresentativeMedical representative as a professional is required to do promotion and selling their medical related products whether it is a drug or equipment. Their major customers are nurses, doctors and pharmacists.2 to 3 Lacs
Therapy Manager – IVF Artificial ReproductionPhysical therapy managers oversee staff and day-to-day operations at their places of work.4 to 5 Lacs
Sales CoordinatorSales coordinator has duty to manage the schedules and to file the important documents and to share the information. Also the sales related equipment and materials are to be adequate.3 to 4 Lacs
Cosmetic DermatologistA Cosmetic Dermatologist is a dermatologist that specializes in aesthetic cosmetic issues as well as research. They provide medical and surgical treatments to people with problems such as bacterial or fungal infections, aging, acne, allergic reactions, unwanted hair, benign skin growths, and uneven skin pigmentation.INR 9 to 10 Lacs
Medical DermatologistA Medical Dermatologist is dedicated to improving the care given to patients whose skin diseases or therapies have substantial systemic consequences, fostering research in medical dermatology, and assuring medical dermatology expertise in community and academic settings.INR 9 to 10 Lacs

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