A critical first step in choosing a dermatologist is to check their credentials. Patients can search online to ensure that their dermatologist is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology or The American Osteopathic Association. Most doctors provide their biographies on their websites. Then, patients can discover additional years of supervised study, research in which the doctor has been involved, and other specialties, awards, and honors. Once you’ve selected a doctor or practice, reading online patient surveys and recommendations can also provide valuable insight.