What is a physician assistant?

   Certified physician assistants (PA-C) are medical providers formally trained in primary care and graduating from one of over 100 accredited academic training programs in the U.S. Most Physician Assistant Programs last 24-27 continuous months and use the medical school model. To remain nationally certified Physician Assistants (PAs) must complete 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every 2 years and pass a national re-certification exam every 6 years.

    Physician assistants have been practicing with dermatologists for many years, providing a wide variety of services. PAs diagnose, prescribe medications and provide medical and surgical treatment for a wide variety of pathology. Dermatology PAs possess a very wide variety of general and cosmetic dermatology, and surgical skills.

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