Physicians Assistants (PAs) in the dermatology field are licensed healthcare providers who practice as part of a physician-led team. PAs in dermatology both diagnose and treat a wide variety of skin, hair, and nail conditions that are medical, surgical, as well as cosmetic in nature. They work as part of a team based approach to medical care where the supervising physician determines the plan of care and delegates responsibilities based on the experience, knowledge, and competence of the individual PA and guided by the laws of the state in which they practice.
How can the PA benefit the practice and how can the practice benefit the PA?
The contribution of PAs to a typically busy dermatology practice are notable. The PA is able to spend quality time with patients to educate them on dermatological conditions and treatments. A Physician Assistant skill brings flexibility to the physician to help with all aspects of practice. PAs allows the physician to service more patients and to see those patients more efficiently— a combination that equals a happier patient base. PAs’ personalized care and communication skills can help ensure patient satisfaction. Better coordination of care, satisfied patients, and time to focus on complex cases make PAs in dermatology just what the doctor ordered.
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Dermatology PAs are the fastest growing specialty in America. Find out what it means to be a dermatology PA as we take you behind the scenes of some of today’s top dermatology PAs as they talk about their education, challenges and passion for the work they do every day. Credit: Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.