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Dermatology Procedure for the Primary Care Practice


Dermatology Procedure for the Primary Care Practice 

Workshop Photo during Dermatology Hands-On Session - Cryotherapy

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.

Course Overview

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:

    • Benign Pigmented Lesions
      • Simple and Solar Lentigo, Seborrheic Keratosis, Melanocytic Nevi, Junctional Nevus, Compound Nevus, Intradermal Nevus, Congenital Nevi, Atypical or Dysplastic Nevi, Halo and Blue Nevus
    • Pre-cancer & Cancerous Lesions
      • Actinic Keratosis, Basal Cell Carcinoma (Nodular, Infiltrative, Superficial and Sclerotic),Squamous Cell Carcinoma in situ (Bowens Disease), Melanoma (Superficial, Nodular, Metastatic, and Acral Lentiginous), and Keratocantoma
    • Eczemas
      • Atopic and Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Dyshidrotic Dermatitis, Neurodermatitis (lichen simplex chronicus), Stasis & Seborrheic Dermatitis
    • Psoriasis
    • Fungal & Yeast Infections
      • Tinea Manuum, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Intertrigo
    • Warts (Verruca)
      • Common Warts, Plantar Warts, Flat Warts, and Genital Warts
    • Rosacea and Acne Vulgaris
    • Other Dermatological Conditions
      • Ingrown Toenails, Skin Tags (Acrochordons), Shingles (Herpes Zoster), Dermatofibroma, Dermal Neurofibroma, Venous Lake (Phlebectasis), Granulomas (Pyogenic and Anular), Hidrocystoma, Myxoid Cyst, Syringoma, Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), Tinea Corporis, Angiokeratoma, Bullous Pemphigoid, and many other 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.

dermatology training procedure for the primary care practice

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 Course Objectives

  1. Understand and acquire the necessary skills to properly identify patients who will maximally benefit from simple to perform dermatological procedures to enhance patient care supported by scientific knowledge and evidenced based studies.
  2. Perform dermatological medical services competently, safely, and effectively for their patients based upon the severity or identification of various lesions, pre-canceous, benign, and chronic or sub-acute skin conditions.  Each participant will understand and learn how to avoid risks, pitfalls and associated complications
  3. To inform primary care providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners) about current data on the safety and efficacy of the latest information for the efficacy, safety profile, and therapeutic options for common dermatological conditions and provide a context for patient perceptions of these skin disorders
  4. Gain a full understanding of the various dermatological conditions encountered in a Primary Care setting while acquiring the tools to safely diagnose, test, and perform dermatological procedures therapeutically to enhance patient care.


dermatology training dermatascope looking for lesions pre-cancerous and cancerous

Dermatology Procedure for the Primary Care Practice


time description

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. 

10:30am-10:45am Break

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.

time description


Where do I use this stuff?
Top dermatologic conditions encountered in Primary Care setting such as Ingrown Toenails, Warts, Moles, Skin Tags, Pigmentation, Benign Lesions, Sebaceous Cysts, Paronychia, Chalazion, Lipomas, Seborrheic Keratosis

10:30am– 10:45am Break

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)
12:45pm-4:15 pm

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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