Dr. Laura T. Clifton MD is a female dermatologist in Madison, WI.
A dermatologist is a medical provider who diagnoses and treats disorders of the skin and associated body parts, such as hair and nails. A patient may see a dermatologist because of cosmetic insecurities, unusual moles or discolorations, severe acne, or other skin concerns. Though many primary care physicians treat minor skin issues, the expertise of a dermatologist is often preferred as they are more likely to be up-to-date on treatments, technology, and information regarding your specific concern and can provide patients with a greater number of treatment options.
A resident physician is a doctor who has completed medical school and is training to specialize in a specific area of medicine, such as surgery, pediatrics, or oncology. This three to seven year period of postgraduate training is supervised by attending physicians. After completing a residency, doctors take examinations to qualify for specialist board certification. Residents are licensed medical doctors with the appropriate degree and license to practice, but they report to a board certified "attending" doctor. While they cannot admit patients, they can play a key role in providing care.