Medical Assistants and Their Role in Dermatology

Medical Assistants and Their Role in Dermatology

Course Overview

Working in a Dermatology clinic or practice may be extremely rewarding and is typically fast paced. It is crucial to satisfactorily prepare for each day to ensure that the providers’ schedules are run efficiently.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 2 clinical CEUs. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the course content or the course provider.

Author Information

Medical Program Director
Dr. Brian Dickens is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) and subject matter expert in the medical assisting and allied health fields.

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Disclosure statement: Dr. Brian Dickens reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this educational activity or other business activity.

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Intended Audience

This training course is an overview of the functions of a medical assistant in a Dermatology medical facility and is generally taken by employees who have previously completed a clinical role or related schooling. It is developed for clinical supervisors, allied health care employees, and trainees who work within the Dermatology aspect of the allied health profession.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain functions of the skin
  • Describe different ways to perform skin biopsies
  • Provide an overview of cauterization and cryosurgery
  • Explain Mohs surgery
  • Provide an overview of photodynamic therapy
  • Explain the different types of skin lesions

Course outline

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Daily Preparation Tasks and Responsibilities
  • 3. Skin Biopsy
  • 4. Cryosurgery
  • 5. Cauterization
  • 6. Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • 7. Photodynamic Therapy
  • 8. Curettage and Electrodessication
  • 9. Types of Lesions and Skin Cancers
  • 10. Test
  • 11. References


This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Assistant role as it pertains to dermatology and is not a comprehensive guide to dermatology compliance. Regulation by those that perform dermatology duties and responsibilities as a Medical Assistant are obligated to comply with all of its requirements of the agencies and employer and should not refer to this program as a guide of legal information or advice.
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