Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinicians 1st edition
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
. . . . Henri Bergson, French philosopher and educator
For centuries, educators have emphasized the importance of knowledge and its impact on how we view or interpret the world. This is particularly relevant as we proceed through the twenty-first century, with increasing demand for health care and limited access to specialties such as dermatology. As a result, primary care providers
shoulder a significant burden for the care of patients with dermatologic complaints. Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) are uniquely positioned to help satisfy this growing demand, and will likely encounter one out of every three patients with a dermatologic complaint. For that reason, APCs are responsible to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to develop competency in evaluating skin conditions.
For most of us, there was minimal education and clinical experience in dermatology during our master’s programs. Acquiring this knowledge and clinical acumen is challenging, especially for those interested in pursuing a career in dermatology.
The content of Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinicians 1st edition book focuses on skin diseases that are high volume (most common conditions seen in practice); high morbidity (causing disability or high impact on the community); and high mortality (life- or limb-threatening). This book outlines the essential dermatology knowledge and skills for APCs in primary care and provides a strong foundation for new clinicians specializing in dermatology.
The chapters of Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinicians 1st edition have been designed in an orderly and user-friendly manner, offering tables, algorithms, and lists that we have found to be the most beneficial for the busy clinician. Common pitfalls, clinical pearls, and guidelines for referral and consultation are recommended on the basis of the scope of practice for our professions and specialty practice. Given the visual nature of dermatology specialty, more than 600 photographs are included to guide APCs to a prompt and accurate diagnosis—helping the mind understand what one’s eyes are seeing.
It is our hope that this will become an everyday reference that will be your “go to” book for skin-related patient complaints. We encourage you to start at the beginning to master the basic concepts outlined in the first two chapters. Understanding the structure and function of the skin is key to distinguishing normal from abnormal,
and for making clinicopathologic correlations. Algorithms can guide you from the primary morphology of a lesion to differential diagnosis groups with easy reference to chapter content.
Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinicians 1st edition text is ideal for new and experienced APCs alike. Students can utilize this text to learn more about dermatology during their master’s programs, enabling them to be more prepared to evaluate and treat patients with dermatologic complaints. A greater knowledge of dermatology gained through this user-friendly text can enhance your professionalism, decrease anxiety about treating patients with unknown rashes, and most importantly, produce better patient outcomes.