Dermatology Physician Assistant: Who Are They?
Physician’s Assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals licensed to practice
medicine with physician supervision. There are currently more than 130 accredited PA programs across the United States. Because of the close working relationships PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in a medical model designed to complement physician training.
To maintain national certification, known as PA-C or Physician Assistant Certified, each PA must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years and pass a recertification exam every 6 years. Physician Assistants have been practicing with dermatologists for over 30 years.
Given their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs in dermatology possess a wide variety of general dermatology and surgical skills. They conduct general skin exams, diagnose and treat skin conditions, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, and can write prescriptions.