Originally Posted by molmol
Time to protect our field. If we let the slippery slope slide, badness is surely to ensue. For some years, many in derm have been cushioned by cash-only procedures, etc. With the blossoming of health spas and encroachment by other fields/practitioners, that time and comfort is endangered. It is now more than ever that we start protecting what is ours and justify what we actually do. If some of our fellow physicians find us to be no more than botox injectors, what can we expect from government officials?
When you have academic allopathic dermatology residency programs that actively hire Nurse Practioners (who practice independently) and PAs (where a physician doesn't have to even be in the room, just in vicinity) on faculty, then we really shouldn't be surprised. This along with our inability, as physicians, to actively lobby unlike other healthcare groups, this should not be a huge surprise.