Dermatologists are doctors with additional specialized training that allows them to diagnose and treat disease of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different disease including skin cancers, moles, eczema, acne, psoriasis, warts, fungal infections, nail infections, and other skin conditions. Dermatologists see patients of all ages, from newborns to over 100 years of age. They can improve the appearance of their patients’ skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists are also skin surgeons who can remove skin cancer and suspicious growths, improving health and appearance by preventing continued growth and development of worrisome lesions and skin cancers.
How to become a board-certified dermatologist
To be a board-certified dermatologist in the United States requires many years of education. After earning a bachelor’s degree, a person applies and is accepted to medical school; spends four years earning a degree as a Medical Doctor (MD); undergoes an extremely competitive application process to match in dermatology (although a troubling recent trend allows some applicants to bypass the Match process by receiving corporate funding); spends three years completing an accredited dermatology residency training program focused on dermatology; then sits for and must pass the American Board of Dermatology certification examination to prove competency in dermatology before being allowed to practice as a board-certified dermatologist.
What does FAAD after a doctor’s name mean?
Most board-certified dermatologists in the United States are members of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy). Dermatologists indicate this by placing FAAD after their names. FAAD stands for “Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.”
To be a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), a dermatologist must:
- Have a license to practice medicine.
- Pass the board exams given by the American Board of Dermatology.
- Be a member of the Academy.
Information provided by American Academy of Dermatology.
About Physician Assistants
PA’s have been recognized by Congress and the President as crucial to improving U.S. healthcare. In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congress recognized PAs as one of three healthcare professions in primary care.
Due to their general medical background, PA’s have flexibility in the types of medicine they can practice. They are uniquely suited to provide preventive care services in all settings, from primary care to surgery.
PA’s work in teams and are educated in a collaborative approach to healthcare, which improves coordination of care and can improve outcomes. PA’s extend the care that physicians provide and increase access to care. Studies have shown that PA’s provide high-quality care with outcomes similar to physician-provided care. Before they can practice, PA’s who graduate from an accredited program must pass the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of PA’s and obtain licensure from the state in which they wish to practice. In order to maintain certification, PA’s must complete a recertification exam every 10 years as well as 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years. The “PA-C” after a PA’s name means they are currently certified.
Our PA’s are highly trained and closely supervised by Dr. McAllister to ensure a consistently high level of care delivered to our patients. They play a key role in allowing our patients access to dermatological care in a timely manner.
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Information provided by AAPA.