After hiring a Physician Assistant, the dermatologist wonders how to integrate him/her into the practice as smoothly as possible. The brochure below is suggested for mailing out to your referral base and your patients, and to place in the patient waiting room. It is also highly recommended that it be forwarded to the local newspaper and that, in your mailout, you also announce a formal reception being held to introduce your new PA to the community and to other physicians. 

This brochure sample can also be tailored by PA's in other specialties, of course. Feel free to copy it. 









PA's in Dermatology

Certified physician assistants (P.A.-C) are medical providers formally trained in primary care, graduating from one of over 78 accredited academic medical-model training programs in the United States. 

Ms/Mr.____________ graduated from the Physician Assistant program at ____________________in _____________ (city), ____ 
(state) in 19__(year). [Master's degree also?] 

Before beginning his/her education as a PA, he/she received an undergraduate degree in ____________ from __________________ and has worked as a medical technician/ emergency medical technician/ lab technician/ registered nurse/ nurse practitioner/ 
physical therapist/ (what?) for __ (years) where?___________________________). 

Upon entering the PA program, he/she received "medical model" schooling for 25 [??] months. But his/her education does not stop there: 

To remain nationally certified, Mr./Ms. ______________ must complete 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every 2 years, and pass a national recertification examination every 6 years. 

While just under half of the 30,000 physician assistants nationwide remain in primary care, the rest can be found in every medical and surgical specialty, including dermatology. 

Physician assistants have been practicing with dermatologists for 20 years, providing a wide variety of services, including diagnosis, prescription in most states, ordering and interpreting lab tests, wound 
suturing, and medical or surgical treatment of a wide variety of clinical pathology. As with ALL physician assistants, dermatology PA's are legally and ethically bound to practice only under supervision by their employing physician(s). 


Starting with his/her primary care training and experience, Mr./Ms________ has studied dermatology in a variety of ways, including on the job with other dermatologists, through 100 hours of required CME every 2 years, dermatology lectures and seminars, attendance at American Academy of Dermatology education 
conferences, tumor board meetings, dermatology grand rounds and/or home-study courses. He/she lectures at university PA programs and offers clinical rotations in dermatology to PA students. 

Mr/Ms._____________has had a great deal of experience in the specialty of laser surgery/ Mohs surgery/ sclerotherapy/ acne 
treatment/ &/or PUVA/ tattoos/ psoriasis/ [etc.] and I plan to take advantage of that skill in this practice. 

Mr/Mrs._____ is a member of the following professional organizations: 

  • Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants 
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants 
  • [your]____ State Society of Physician Assistants 
  • [others???] 
[* Has the PA written any articles you want to mention? Research work? Any other work experience you want to add? Does the PA do any volunteer work you want to mention here? ] 

You may rest assured that your care is still managed by me and that our staff will work as a team for your dermatologic concerns. I believe that adding a PA to my dermatology practice will enable us to provide you with greater accessibility and prompt care, and will greatly benefit our patients. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. 

Internet information about physician assistants can be found at: 

American Academy of PA's:



Your name 
Office address 
directions to your office? 
Phone number 


Your name & address on left 
and a place for postage stamp on 
right, for mailing as is. 


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