Dr. Alexis Botkin
BSc MD FRCPC
Dr. Alexis Botkin is a Dermatologist, Board Certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Botkin completed her undergraduate degree in science, as well as medical school, at the University of Manitoba. She completed her 5 year rigorous Dermatology Residency within Canada’s largest dermatology training program at the University of Toronto. She was selected as the chief resident in her final year. The University of Toronto training program provided world class exposure to some of the top experts in the field of dermatology. Dr. Botkin was recognized for her clinical performance and research efforts under their mentorship. She received awards for her research at the University of Toronto, receiving the Best Quality Assurance Project, two years standing, surrounding topics related to skin cancer management. Dr. Botkin was also recognized for outstanding efforts in education with the Colin A. Ramsay Resident Teacher Award.
Dr. Botkin is a published author with scientific articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, and the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association.
She has presented at the Canadian National Dermatology Conference, wherein the Canadian Professors of Dermatology awarded her the Best Oral Presentation by a Resident or Fellow.
Dr. Botkin is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) and a Fellow of the American Association of Dermatology (FAAD). She is a member of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), the American Association of Dermatology (AAD), American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), Canadian Laser and Esthetics Specialists Society (CLASS), and the Eczema Society of Canada Research Committee.
She has also pursued training in medical aesthetics to offer additional services to her patients.
Dr. Botkin is an enthusiastic patient advocate who strives to provide efficient and quality care for her patients with dermatologic concerns. Dr. Botkin is an invited lecturer to various physician educational sessions within Manitoba. She enjoys visiting the UofT to assist with resident examinations.
Why Choose a Board- Certified Dermatologist?
In Canada, the name “dermatologist” is reserved for medical specialists who have earned a medical degree and have completed an intensive five-year program of advanced medical and surgical training in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. In order to become a Board-Certified Dermatologist in Canada, the following five major educational milestones must be successfully completed:
1. Completion of an honours undergraduate program with a strong pre-med focus. After completion of a four-year program and passing the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), application to medical school can be made.
2. Medical School – consists of another four years of study after which the designation MD is awarded. During the last year of medical school, prospective dermatologists can apply to one of the eight accredited Canadian universities that offer a dermatology residency program.
3. Residency Program – Once accepted into one of the Canadian dermatology residency programs, a further five years of education in medical and surgical training must be successfully completed. Canadian dermatology residency programs include:
- Two years of basic clinical training which must include twelve months of internal medicine and three months of pediatrics, plus rotations in rheumatology, infectious diseases, and oncology.
- Two years of approved residency training in dermatology which must include a minimum of one year in a General hospital.
- One additional year of approved residency training in clinical or basic research related dermatology or pathology training.
4. Board Certification – Following successful completion of dermatology residency, an individual must pass a series of medical examinations to obtain their specialist certification, denoted as FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons).
5. Post Certification – To ensure ongoing proficiency in the field, all medical specialists are required to complete a mandatory Maintenance of Certification Program regulated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This involves additional training, reading, and conference involvement over and above the daily practice of medicine.