What is a dermatologist?

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of skin conditions and diseases. Dermatologists are certified by the American Board of Dermatology after extensive education and medical residency. They treat everything from minor skin rashes like hives, to chronic skin diseases, such as eczema or psoriasis. Dermatologists are good diagnosticians and can distinguish between conditions that share similar symptoms. Today many dermatologists are also well versed in cosmetic dermatology procedures to help improve the appearance of skin as we age.

What is a physician assistant?

Physician Assistants in dermatology diagnose a wide variety of skin, hair, and nail conditions that are treated medically and/or surgically. Building on their primary-care training and experience, PAs are trained in dermatology in a variety of ways. Their supervising dermatologist trains most dermatology PAs; together, they will decide the PA’s practice style and supervisory agreement that not only corresponds with the dermatologist’s standards but also conforms to the state’s statutes for PAs. Most PAs work independently within a dermatology office seeing a wide range of medical, surgical, and cosmetic patients but always under the collaborating dermatologist’s supervision. PAs get additional training through their required CME hours, attendance at AAD, SDPA, and other dermatology based conferences such as tumor boards and dermatology grand rounds. Majority of physician assistants hold a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) with a concentration in a specific specialty.

© Oakview Dermatology