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Dear Derm Authority: Full Skin Exam with No History – how do you handle?
full skin exam
by Dr. Dendy Engelman on
On initial visits when patients state coming in for only "skin cancer screening", and not aware of any issues, or requests "full skin exam" and no significant personal or family history, how do you handle these? My office staff is great at briefing patients – We tell them to make sure to note any new or changing growths on the skin.   It is important to know your family history of melanoma an …
Dear Derm Authority: What are important questions to ask when interviewing for a new job?
by Kim Campbell on
What are the most important questions to ask when interviewing for a new job? Interviewing is a critical step in the job hunting process.  Prospective employers look for candidates to ask them questions just as much as they like to ask them.  It shows that you are interested in the position and have thoughtful questions prepared about what future employment might be like with them.  Here are …
Treating Skin of Color Patients
SkinofColor
by Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand M.D., FAAD, FABIM ,FASLMS on
Dear Derm Authority: What are the more common complaints or maladies that you see in skin of color patients and what resources do you recommend for new practitioners who want expand their understanding of them? The US population is growing and evolving and the clinical profile of the average patient presenting to the dermatologist is changing. One in three Americans self-identify as member of a …
What is new in digital marketing?
SEO
by Tom La Vecchia, MBA on
Dear Derm Authority: What is new in digital marketing? There are some major changes that have come out recently in the world of digital marketing and social media that will assist with the promotion of your dermatology practice. Here is the breakdown: Facebook - Facebook now offers stories that disappear within 24 hours similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram.  This enables people to …
Dear Derm Authority: Laser Therapy Pre-treatment
Pre-treatment
by Dr. Luis Soro on
Q:  Do you often do pre-treatment with topical medications before the laser therapy, especially when you treat darker skin types? I heard that it is better to use retinoid + hydroquinone for 6 weeks before the laser treatment because lightning of dark color background will minimize the risk of burn. A: Practicing in South Florida, I see many patients with darker skin types seeking laser treatm …