It can be hard to get a good handle on your dermatologist’s level of knowledge. But there are ways to figure this out. One of the easiest is to confirm that your derm is board-certified. Log on to the American Academy of Dermatology Association and look your doc up using the Find a Dermatologist tool.
“Trusting the care you are receiving from your physician is crucial,” says Rick Wirtz, Psy.D., a behavioral psychologist in Chestertown, MD. “If that trust has been broken by a lack of responsiveness to issues of concern, or lack of positive results, then, at the very least, a second opinion is warranted. Remember, the medical provider works for the patient!”