SkinSpeaks: Advancements in Dermatology and Spa M.D. is proud to offer Same Day Dermatology to our patients. We like to think of our clinics as the “urgent care” of dermatology. Our team of professional and credentialed physician assistants (PA-C) and nurse practitioners (NP) are licensed to diagnose, biopsy, treat and perform in-office procedures for all dermatological concerns.

When a patient has a suspicious mole, a significant acne breakout or psoriasis outbreak, it is important and critical to be seen quickly. With Same Day Dermatology, the waiting and worrying is over — Call today!

What is a Physician Assistant?

physician assistant (PA) is a health professional licensed to practice medicine under the indirect supervision of a physician. PAs provide a broad range of medical and surgical services that traditionally have been performed by physicians. As part of their responsibilities, PAs perform physical exams, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, prescribe medications, and diagnosis and treat acute and chronic conditions.

PAs are trained and educated similarly to physicians, and therefore share similar diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning.  Physicians delegate duties to PAs, and within those range of duties, PAs use autonomous decision-making for patient care.

A PA-C is a “physician assistant-certified”. This person holds the title by passing the certification exam developed jointly by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. To maintain the certified status, a PA-C must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and take the national recertification exam every ten years.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse who provides high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a physician or physician assistant. NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They have a unique approach to health care and stress both care and cure. Besides clinical care, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education, counseling, and help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.

From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide a full range of services. These include ordering/interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, prescribing medications, counseling patients, promoting health and wellness, and managing patients’ overall care. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.

NPs have graduate, advanced education, and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. Education to become a nurse practitioner (NP) is rigorous and requires advanced coursework and clinical rotations beyond that required of the RN.

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