Professional Education

Professional Education contains three sections - DermQuest Learning, Therapeutic Strategies, and Practice Management:

DermQuest Learning is a portal of interactive, educational modules to help broaden your knowledge base and provide refresher material for residents, general and specialist dermatologists. Therapeutic Strategies are designed to be a collection of easy-to-use "how-to" articles for the physician, resident, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or student who must treat a patient with a skin disease. Each Therapeutic Strategy article has four basic parts: initial therapy, alternative (initial) therapy, subsequent therapy, and associated pitfalls. Successful dermatologists must have business acumen equal to their medical knowledge. Physicians Practice, a leading provider of Practice Management solutions, offers a series of articles designed to help build a practice that allows you to focus your time and energy on treating patients.

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Therapeutic Strategies

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) occurs in 2 common locations: orofacial (usually due to HSV-1) and genital (usually due to HSV-2).

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Seborrheic dermatitis can be limited to the scalp, but it also can involve the face and any hairy or intertriginous area and rarely can even progress to a generalized erythroderma.

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

The diagnosis of chancroid is usually clinical, although improved culture techniques allow isolation of the causative organism H. ducreyi. The therapeutic strategy is to eliminate the pathogenic microorganism.

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Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (LE) has several morphologic patterns. Subacute cutaneous LE (SCLE) presents with erythematous, annular, or papulosquamous lesions, which tend to heal without scarring. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) causes lesions with significant hyper- and hypopigmentation and follicular plugging, and causes significant scarring. 

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Practice Management

As any busy dermatologist will tell you, good medical assistants (MAs) are worth their weight in gold. Wait, make that platinum - good medical assistants are really valuable. Who else has the power to make your day run flawlessly, calm restless patients when you're an hour behind schedule, and take care of the myriad details that would bog you down in a hurry if you had to tend to them all?

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Some employees think of the drug sample closet as being free. Fortunately, a written policy can help staff avoid this misconception altogether, as long as it is obeyed.

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Using the Fourth Exam Room (Part 5 of 12)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Many physicians bog down their workflow by batching a lot of work for the end of the day. When it's finally time to go home, there are charts to dictate, calls to make, and so on. Why not dictate, instead, while you are with the patient?

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Patients choose a dermatologist based on factors such as referral from another provider, subspecialty, and reputation. But experts say patients evaluate based on an entirely different set of standards once they reach the front desk. 

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