Medical assistants commonly work with a dermatologist in a private office, clinic or hospital. The dermatologist assistant position may involve patient care or administrative duties. The organization or hiring physician will dictate a dermatologist assistant's pay and candidates for nursing school and those interested in becoming dermatologists generally hold the position.
There is an associate degree program available for medical assistants that includes training for clinical medical functions and administrative duties. Most hospital and clinical employers are asking medical assistant applicants to have some training or an associate degree from an approved medical instructional facility. Certification for medical assistants is also available from private organizations. There is, however, no standard requiring formal education or certification for a medical assistant and many gain on-the-job training from private physicians.
The administrative dermatologist assistant position involves patient contact by phone and during office visits. Administrative duties include keeping patient records, billing, scheduling appointments, receiving payments and distributing prescriptions. It is also common for an administrative medical assistant to escort patients to examining rooms and some will even take vital signs along with checking patients height and weight. Many administrative dermatologists assistants take on-site training or enroll in continuing education courses to become clinical medical assistants.
Clinical dermatologist assistants have training for hands-on details including taking blood from patients, administering injections, preparing patients for procedures and assisting the dermatologist with procedural operations. The clinical assistant also helps patients through post procedural care and instructs patients on following the doctor's orders and taking medications. Clinical duties also include preparing examination rooms and sterilizing instruments for use by the dermatologist. Many clinical assistants pursue careers in nursing or specialized healthcare after such work.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median dermatologist assistant's pay at $28,300 as of May 2008. This includes medical assistants salaries' overall. Certain employers commonly pay more than others for medical assistants. The median medical assistant's salary from medical and surgical hospitals was $29,720 with colleges and professional schools paying their assistants $28,820. The overall salary of assistants working for private physicians including dermatologists was $28,710 and clinics for outpatient care paid $28,570.