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I really want to become a derm pa, but what if I cant get into this specialty? Every dermatologist I have seen has used nurses and not pa's also so I wonder if it is harder to get a job even if you "get in". I honestly just want to be a derm PA, and if i cant then I dont want to be a PA at all. If I cant then I would want to just become a dermotologist but I hear there is no guarantee of getting into derm as an MD either? I would be devastated going through PA or Med school dreaming of becoming a derm PA and then being forced to go into another specialty.

 

Any advice is much appreciated:)

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I really want to become a derm pa, but what if I cant get into this specialty? Every dermatologist I have seen has used nurses and not pa's also so I wonder if it is harder to get a job even if you "get in". I honestly just want to be a derm PA, and if i cant then I dont want to be a PA at all. If I cant then I would want to just become a dermotologist but I hear there is no guarantee of getting into derm as an MD either? I would be devastated going through PA or Med school dreaming of becoming a derm PA and then being forced to go into another specialty.

 

Any advice is much appreciated:)

 

Well, Derm is one of the most difficult specialties to get into whether you are a PA or MD. If you don't think you would be happy in any other area of medicine, then I think you really need to reconsider your career path since you could be setting yourself up for failure given how difficult it is to get into derm. Just my opinion.

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Well what makes you so certain that after school and rotations that this is all you want to do?

 

After talking to a few derm PAs, they say its hard to get in because no one likes to go anywhere.

 

Anywho, with anything in life its not good to pigeonhole yourself, you should always have an alternate option just incase.

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Agree with the above. To be honest, I've never heard of anyone who would consider such a time investment into medical training with such a narrow focus right off the bat. You realize you won't be learning solely derm in PA or med school, right? I would not have that approach to PA school or med school - you're not a very good candidate for a PA program if that's your sole focus. Just my opinion. YMMV.

 

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I say go for it. I'm in the same boat. I only want to work with pediatric critical care dermatology, only ages 7-9, and only for emergencies that involves the skin of the legs and medial deltoid region.

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I say go for it. I'm in the same boat. I only want to work with pediatric critical care dermatology, only ages 7-9, and only for emergencies that involves the skin of the legs and medial deltoid region.

 

Admittedly this took me a moment - I though, "For sure, this person is friggin' crazy." Then I realized you're joking.

 

I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes.

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I want to be an ENT Trauma specialist....left nare only. Too late?

 

Derm is good, but as a PA you are trained to be a generalist. If that is all you really want to do, then sure.....Dermatologist thought the same, they had to go through med school just like you will have to go through PA school. Difference is they got to do a residency, you will most likely not. That said, I think there is one Derm post Masters training site for PA's. Just don't be too alarmed when you find yourself with a generalist certification and not able to find many opportunities for the very specific work you want to do.

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it's difficult finding a derm PA position right out of school and also just in general. Personally I wouldn't want to go through with PA school with your current mindset, however I don't think there's anything wrong with just wanting to do one specialty or bust. Others here have seemed to come down on this attitude but it's your life and your money. You can desire a certain profession for whatever reason as long as you get the job done at the end of the day. If wanting to be a PA is purely financial for you, then that's also fine, because who is anyone else to pass judgement. Good luck with you decision.

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I'd say all the same things as other posters, but, in addition, if you really are serious and have your heart set in being in derm, go WORK in a derm clinic in some capacity and get to know the doc really well. Derm is about who you know more than what you know. Even if that dermatologist isn't interested in being your sp, he/she, likely, has friends. Surround yourself with the world in which you want to live. We need PAs in every walk of medicine. Who is anyone to say that being a Derm PA is any less of a PA than an ED PA or an OB PA or a Psych PA?? Just because a person chooses a certain path, doesn't discount their value.

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I really want to become a derm pa, but what if I cant get into this specialty? Every dermatologist I have seen has used nurses and not pa's also so I wonder if it is harder to get a job even if you "get in". I honestly just want to be a derm PA, and if i cant then I dont want to be a PA at all. If I cant then I would want to just become a dermotologist but I hear there is no guarantee of getting into derm as an MD either? I would be devastated going through PA or Med school dreaming of becoming a derm PA and then being forced to go into another specialty.

 

Any advice is much appreciated:)

 

 

Why is it that you were talking about "psych school" not even a month ago, if you are so committed to "derm or nothing"?

http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forums/showthread.php/37689-Anyone-wish-they-d-become-a-psychologist?p=369114&viewfull=1#post369114

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