All these discoveries that the Women’s Health team has uncovered paints a very bleak picture, but that is not the end of the story. Many new trails have been forged to make sure that people can still get access to quality skin care that they need. Dermatology training is being provided to Primary Care doctors. The dermatology continuing-ed courses are selling out so make sure to ask your primary about their training. Even if they can’t identify the issue, they can provide you with a referral to a dermatologist which may help you get seen faster.
Teledermatology is another helpful way to get an opinion fast. Your local clinic or hospital may provide this service where the staff will take a picture of the concern area and send it to a dermatologist who you then have a video-conference with. This will only help you figure out if your spot is a concern and if you should schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist. It is a system that is still being developed but could help people who need quick guidance. Some dermatologist offices are training their Physician’s Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to handle more common things to give the MDs more time to see the medical patients. This could increase the amount of patients seen at once and greatly reduce the wait times. Hospitals and ERs are introducing Skin Clinics and traveling programs such as “SPOTme”, “Mark the Spot!”, and “Healthy Skin” that provide skin cancer screenings are making their rounds.
For more information visit: Women’s Health Derm-Deserts
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