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The Dermatologist's Office

When you are at the dermatologist's office do you see the MD or do you see a physician's assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (ARNP)? I have never actually seen the MD in the clinic I currently go to (been there 4 years). I see the PA - and I do like her and have a lot of trust in her. I have looked into other offices and it seems they are all set up where the are several MDs on staff and a bunch of PAs and ARNPs who have their own patients. Any thoughts?

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When you are at the dermatologist's office do you see the MD or do you see a physician's assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (ARNP)? I have never actually seen the MD in the clinic I currently go to (been there 4 years). I see the PA - and I do like her and have a lot of trust in her. I have looked into other offices and it seems they are all set up where the are several MDs on staff and a bunch of PAs and ARNPs who have their own patients. Any thoughts?

A while ago, back when my dermatologist's practice was small and I could afford appointments, I actually got to see the doctor herself. Eventually she moved her practice to one of those multiple MD type places, and actually seeing the doctor became a rarity, and sometimes she wasn't even in the office. Instead, I would get what I think were PAs or nurses.

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When you are at the dermatologist's office do you see the MD or do you see a physician's assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (ARNP)? I have never actually seen the MD in the clinic I currently go to (been there 4 years). I see the PA - and I do like her and have a lot of trust in her. I have looked into other offices and it seems they are all set up where the are several MDs on staff and a bunch of PAs and ARNPs who have their own patients. Any thoughts?

A while ago, back when my dermatologist's practice was small and I could afford appointments, I actually got to see the doctor herself. Eventually she moved her practice to one of those multiple MD type places, and actually seeing the doctor became a rarity, and sometimes she wasn't even in the office. Instead, I would get what I think were PAs or nurses.

My dermatologist is a PA that works at a clinic that seems like it revolves around the MD.. Like she's the head person. The rest are PAs.

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The PA does my acne surgery and cortisone shots, but the DR always comes in to check to see how i'm doing.

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I always see the doctor. There's no PA or anything like that. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't go if I didn't see the doc himself.

Doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes too ;)

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The office I go to has 1 doctor, 2 PAs, and some nurses. My appointments have only been with the PAs. I felt really good about seeing this one PA though. She had a few minor blemishes herself, so I think she gets how difficult it is both to have acne and to treat it.

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I go to the dermatology clinic at the University. I see the student resident first, then the doctor comes in and examines me. The doctor and the student resident discuss my case with me. It's interesting to see what the student has to say. The doctor lets the student say what they would do and how they would treat my case and the doctor asks a lot of questions. Afterwards, I have time with my doctor. The doctor also asks for my opinion on the student. What did I ask the student? How did I feel about their response?

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