THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT IN DERMATOLOGY
A Dermatology Physician Assistant (PA) is a healthcare provider who diagnosis and treats a wide variety of conditions, both in pediatric and medical dermatology. Some PAs also perform surgical and cosmetic procedures. Physician Assistants receive their training through the College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program at colleges and universities across the United States. The majority of Dermatology PAs hold a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a concentration in Dermatology. Physician Assistants are part of the healthcare team and required by state law to have a supervising physician. Many PAs work independently within the dermatology office much like a staff dermatologist seeing a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic patients, but always under physician supervision. PAs also hold a prescribing license and are able to write prescriptions under the guidelines of the state they are licensed. The supervising dermatologist does not have to be in the office with the PA at all times, but is required to have posted hours of when he/she will be in the office. The PA and their supervising physician will decide on the practice style, supervision arrangements and delegation of services, which is appropriate for that particular physician assistant and office.
Physician Assistants get additional training through continuing medical educational (CME) conferences, symposiums, workshops and journals. PAs are required to have 100 CME credits every two years in order to keep their license updated and are required to take a re-certification examination every six years.
The PAs at Advanced Dermatology are dedicated to superior care and education for our patients. With our team approach to healthcare, we are confident we will increase your quality of life through hard work, empathy and dedication.