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MD in Skin and V.D. is a 3-year postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is the successful completion of MBBS from a university recognized by the MCI.

The course mostly follows an annual system. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India varies between INR 30,000 and 25 Lacs, depending on the institute offering the course.

Popular areas of employment for such professionals include:

  • Hospitals, Clinics
  • Research Centers
  • Educational Institutes, Teaching, etc.

The average annual salary offered in India to successful doctorate holders in Skin and V.D. in India ranges between INR 3 and 10 lacs, increasing with the candidate’s experience and expertise in the field.

Top Colleges for Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Skin and V.D.)

  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Skin and V.D.) in Karnataka
  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Skin and V.D.) in Gujarat
  • MD in Delhi-NCR
  • MD in Maharashtra
  • MD in Chennai
  • MD in Uttar Pradesh

MD in Skin and V.D.: Course Highlights

Some of the major highlights of the course are listed below.

Course LevelDoctorate
Duration3 year
Examination TypeYearly
EligibilityMBBS completed from a university recognized by the MCI
Admission ProcessBased on counselling after qualification of entrance tests (AIIMS, NEET, etc.)
Course FeeINR 10 to 25 Lacs p.a.
Average Starting salaryINR 3 to 10 Lacs p.a.
Top recruiting organizationsApollo Hospital, Ganga Hospital, AIIMS, etc.

MD in Skin and V.D.: What is it About?

  • Dermatologists are divided across 3 types, namely:
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Procedural Dermatology.

The discipline of Dermatology is itself divided across the following specializations:

  • Dermatopathology
  • Immuno-dermatology
  • Mohs surgery
  • Tele-dermatology
  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Cosmetic dermatology.

MD in Skin and V.D.: Who should opt?

Ideal candidates for the course would possess interest in, and aptitude for:

  • performing relevant procedures like cryotherapy, biopsies, etc.
  • working long hours with the skills of self-motivation and calm.
  • Diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin and hair conditions

Top Institutes offering MD in Skin and V.D.

A large number of private and government medical colleges in India offer a postgraduate degree in the field. Mentioned below are the names and details of such colleges, with their corresponding locations and fees charged by each, annually.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)DelhiINR 10,000 (course)
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)ChandigarhINR 20,000 (course)
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)PuducherryINR 20,000 (course)
Kasturba Medical CollegeManipal, Udupi, KarnatakaINR 30 Lacs (course)
St. John’s Medical CollegeBengaluru, KarnatakaINR 3 Lacs (course)
Stanley Medical College (SMC)Chennai, Tamil NaduINR 40,000 (course)
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)Coimbatore, Tamil NaduINR 50 Lacs (course)
Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh, Uttar PradeshINR 60,000 (course)
Assam Medical CollegeDibrugarh, AssamINR 50,000 (course)
Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugarajendra Medical College (JJM Medical College)Davangere, KarnatakaINR 10 Lacs (course)

Eligibility for MD in Skin and V.D.

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • Post-graduation (MBBS or equivalent degree), completed from an institute recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or any of the State Medical Councils.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 55% (50% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the level of post-graduation.
  • 1- year compulsory rotating internship
  • Preferably, a minimum of 12 months of professional experience, as most reputed institutes prefer candidates with work experience.

MD in Skin and V.D.: Admission Process

Generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, conducted at any of State and national levels, followed by a subsequent round of counselling.

The round of counselling involves two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is subsequently released issued by the institute allocating available seats to the qualifying candidates.

Some of the major entrance examinations conducted in India for admission to the course are listed below.

  • NEET PG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for Post Graduate Courses
  • All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE)
  • Punjab Post Graduate Test (PPGT).

Almost all institutes offering the course candidates’ NEET PG scores.

NEET is a national-level single-window entrance examination conducted for admission to MD/ MS/ PG diploma courses in medicine in India.

NEET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and is a computer-based test carrying 300 multiple choice questions asked on a Computer-based Platform (CBT).

MD in Skin and V.D.: Syllabus and Course Description

The major components of study that form part of the course’s curriculum are:


Skin and V.D. – Fundamentals, Structure and Development of skinVenereology
Biochemistry and Physiology of epidermis and its appendagesLeprosy
DermatopathologyNutritional diseases – protein and vitamin deficiencies
Dermato-surgeryMetabolic disorders
Skin DiseasesAllergic disorders
Skin and V.D. in relation to internal medicineAIDS


Cutaneous Neoplasms Conference presentationsSlide preparations
Collaboration with clinical disciplinesCadaveric dissection
Weekly seminars for postgraduates and clinical lecturesTraining in paper publication
-Financial assistance to attend conferences

The curriculum also involves an advanced study of the following subjects:

  • Anatomy, Physiology
  • Bio Chemistry
  • Pathology
  • Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology
  • Parasitology, Pharmacology
  • Genetics and Geno-dermatoses,
  • Infections, Bullous Disorders, Papulo Squamous
  • Pigmentary Disorders
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Vascular Disorders
  • Disorders of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Disorders of Appendages.

It is mandatory for every candidate to submit a dissertation and the final acceptance of dissertation is a precondition for the candidate to appear in the final examination.

MD in Skin and V.D.: Career Prospects

Skin and V.D. Specialists work as Skin Specialists also have the option of pursuing private practice.

Popular areas of employment for successful doctorate holders in Skin and V.D. include:

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

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are mentioned below with the basic job responsibilities and salaries associated with each role.

Job ProfileDescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale
Skin and V.D. SpecialistSkin and V.D. Specialists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat ailments of the largest organ of the human body, and advise patients on achieving healthy and attractive skin.INR 12 to 13 lacs
Cosmetic Skin and V.D. SpecialistCosmetic Skin and V.D. Specialists are Skin and V.D. Specialist that specialize in aesthetic cosmetic issues as well as research. They provide medical and surgical treatment to people with problems such as bacterial or fungal infections, aging, acne, allergic reactions, unwanted hair, benign skin growths, and uneven skin pigmentation.INR 30 to 32 lacs
Surgical Skin and V.D. SpecialistSurgical Skin and V.D. Specialists tackle and treat cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins, mucous membranes, and adjacent tissues by various surgical, reconstructive, cosmetic, and non-surgical methods.INR 38 to 40 lacs
Medical Skin and V.D. SpecialistMedical Skin and V.D. Specialists are professionally responsible for improving the care given to patients whose skin diseases or therapies have had substantial systemic consequences. Also, they foster research in medical Skin and V.D., towards ensuring medical Skin and V.D. expertise in community and academic settings.INR 16 to 18 lacs
ConsultantDental Consultants evaluate the efficiencies related to the business work flow processes of the daily activities within a medical centre. After they evaluate what is efficient and what needs to be improved, Consultants put together plans that offer recommendations to make the centre’s work flow more efficient. INR 6 to 10 lacs
Research AssistantResearch Assistants are responsible for independently managing the internal review processes for numerous different departmental research studies. They review existing documents, prepare updates and corrections for Principal Investigator approval, and upload them. Also, they review and interpret regulatory guidance pertaining to research protocols. They screen patients for participation, interview, answer their questions, and document the informed consent of study participants. Also, they monitor patients due for follow-up appointments and procedures, schedule follow-up appointments, and coordinate necessary tests. Additionally, they independently perform a variety of administrative support duties for the department, staff, and physicians, such as data entry, composing correspondence, locating and assembling information for various reports, briefings, and conferences. They are also responsible for maintaining and submitting timecards. They maintain subject matter files and records, ensuring that all documents are properly signed and files are complete. They also respond to routine requests for information.INR 2.5 to 3 lacs
Clinical Trial Site LeadClinical Trial Site Leads are responsible for ensuring efficient conduct of clinical trials in remote and challenging settings. They are equipped with essential medical and research skills and are well-versed in team building, leadership, project management, and negotiation.INR 3.5 to 5 lacs
Public Health SpecialistsPublic Health Specialists are medical professionals who work in the public sector, usually focusing their skills and expertise on population-based specialties, instead of treating individual patients. Essentially, Public Health Specialists work towards improving the overall health of a group of people, usually within a community or State. By increasing the overall well-being of members of a community, Public Health Specialists reduce the number of untreated issues through a combination of treatment, education, and policy changes.INR 3.5 to 4 lacs

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