Dermatology Procedure for the Primary Care Practice
Primary Care Physicians are the first point of contact with patients and many treatable dermatological conditions go unnoticed or patients are unwilling to be referred to other physicians. Patients expect their primary physician to treat the various dermatology conditions they present in an office setting. Enhance patient care by integrating these safe diagnostic and therapeutic dermatologic procedures within your practice! Early detection is key for many dermatologic conditions such as pre-cancerous or other suspicious lesions.
The high demand for dermatologic services from patients, the ability to generate additional revenues, and for physicians to advance their knowledge and skillset makes this a natural extension to you Primary Care practice. The addition of these easy to perform, safe, and rewarding procedures can create significant revenues within your medical practice as well as enhancing the medical care you offer to patients.
This CME Accredited and Certification Course will prepare you to be able to identify, diagnose, and therapeutically treat a number of common dermatologic conditions patients will present within a primary care setting. The AAOPM 2-Day Dermatology Training Course will allow for the confidence and necessary education for you to offer these procedures immediately after the successful completion of the course studies.
Our hands-on training workshop will prepare physicians and other healthcare professionals to feel comfortable in offering these services immediately upon completion of the program. Our faculty for the program consists of only Board-Certified Dermatologists who have their own thriving practices and years of expertise and experience in providing these services. The Dermatology course will review in detail the various types of conditions as well as practical information and standard of care protocols for you to identify and treat these skin conditions. Within the program and color manual you will find the information necessary for you to identify, treat, and diagnostically test the following conditions:
The AAOPM Dermatology Workshop incorporates hands-on training for surgery equipment and techniques. The Hands-On portion of the program will include all the essential skills for Primary Care Physicians needed to incorporate these dermatology procedures within their medical practice. The 2-Day Dermatology Workshop includes training in instrumentation such as scalpel blades, curettes, and punches as well as the various biopsy techniques needed. Hands-on training in cryosurgery, suturing techniques, simple excision, and establishing hemostatis. Advanced special procedures using RF and Electrodessication (curettage) are discussed as part of the training.
In addition to the use of instrumentation anesthesia options, planning the ellipse for suturing, and margins for excisional surgery are reviewed including fusiform shape, length of excision, and apical angles. Treatment pearls for avoiding “dog ears”, linear incisions, removing tissue, undermining, and unequal sides are discussed in detail including repair.
Included in the training are case studies as well as the use of a Dermatoscope as a diagnostic tool for identification of suspicious lesions. Clues to melanoma given a (8) point criteria is reviewed in detail including various pathologies within the case studies.
This course has been designed for healthcare professionals to identify suspicious lesions, be able to describe these lesions, and understand the diagnostic and treatment options available. The purpose of the course is to improve the standard of care given by Primary Care Physicians and allow for the safe administration of these dermatological conditions as well as an understanding of when to refer patients for further investigation or treatment.
Billing and Coding, protocols, ancillary information, and administrative forms including a full (279) page color manual as part of the course. Access to the AAOPM Physician Portal also makes it easy to review much of the information given at the course. The American Academy of Procedural Medicine is committed to the success and advancement of our physicians to administer the highest quality of care for your medical practice.
Dermatology Procedure for the Primary Care Practice
Review of Skin Anatomy, Dermatologic Definitions, Medically describing lesions, and case studies for review of terminology and definitions.
Identification of Precancerous, Cancerous & Benign Skin Conditions including Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Actinic Keratosis, and pseudo cancerous skin conditions. Identification, pathology considerations, testing, therapeutic options, and the need for referral for certain conditions.
Continuation of identification of Precancerous, Cancerous & Benign Skin Conditions, Therapeutic & Diagnostic Tools available, biopsy techniques, and/or use of cryotherapy. Review other common dermatologic conditions including Eczemas, Psoriasis, Fungal and Yeast Infections, and warts including identification and therapeutic options.
|12:00am-1:00pm||Lunch (on your own)|
|1:00pm- 3:00pm||Most Common Conditions associated within a General Practice setting such as ingrown toenails, warts, moles, skin tags, lipomas, and acne. Identification, various diagnostic tools, instrumentation, and post procedure care and instructions are reviewed and discussed. Preventative (Sun Exposure) and Cosmetic Dermatological procedures are reviewed.|
Introduction to Conventional Instrumentation and Surgical Techniques needed within a Primary Care Setting: Review the advantages, uses, and disadvantages for dermal punches, excision surgery, curettage procedures, cryosurgery, shaves, cautery and ablative procedures. Need for margins and suturing techniques for simple sutures, mattress sutures, and corner sutures.
Hands-On Cryotherapy, Surgical Techniques.
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Need for magnification – an introduction to dermatoscopes. Case Studies review and pathologies. Review of ICD-10(s) and CPT Codes and the need to follow insurance guidelines and protocols for consistent and appropriate payment.
|11:45am– 12:45pm||Lunch (on your own)|
Hands-on Training utilizing various instrumentation including dermal punches, shaves, curettes, sutures, and cryotherapy. Each individual will be given their own setup including animal tissue to go over a variety of procedures including punch biopsy, shaves, curettage, and various suturing techniques. Dermatoscope workstation for magnification.
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