When it comes to passion for the dermatology community, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more invested than Dr Perry Robins, Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at NYU School of Medicine. His resume reveals a deep commitment to the profession and a pioneering spirit that has overseen some of the most exciting innovations in the industry.
Dr. Robins was Chief of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit at NYU Medical Center for over 40 years, during which he founded the Skin Cancer Foundation — the first charitable organization to focus solely on the disease — and the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the first organization promoting the use and techniques of dermatologic surgery to a global professional audience. He is considered a pioneer in the field of Mohs Micrographic surgery, in which he has performed over 40,000 surgical procedures. He was also the first to offer one-year fellowships in Mohs surgery and to train dermatologists, both here and abroad, in the Mohs technique. In fact, he considers this to be his greatest success:
‘Standardizing Mohs surgery was my biggest career success. Before Mohs, skin cancer was being treated by large and wide margins. It was disfiguring patients. I was able to show people the Mohs technique can save lives and prevent disfigurement; to convince others who had not heard of it to believe in it.’
Approximately 40 per cent of all doctors who specialize in this effective skin cancer surgery were either trained by Dr Robins, or by doctors he trained himself. The impact of Dr Robins’s work is far-reaching, and over a dozen international dermatology societies have presented him with honorary memberships for his endeavours and dedication to the profession.
Even in retirement, he remains committed to elevating the standards of the industry. So when doctors at industry conventions lamented about the lack of qualified, trained team members for their practices, Dr Robins listened. And after doing some research, he discovered that nurses and physician assistants were not receiving thorough dermatology training in their curriculum, other than the most basic skills, and didn’t commonly feel like they had access to jobs outside of hospitals. He elaborates:
‘I started to hear this from more doctors — that they just [didn’t] have nurses or physician assistants to help them in practice — and when they [did] find people, the investment [in] both time and money [for] training was exorbitant. Through my conversations with them, I realized what I needed to do to help the dermatology community and create a baseline standard of dermatology education for the patient care team that was easily accessible .’
Armed with this insight, Dr. Robins and other leaders in the field set about creating a curriculum that could be used to optimize office efficiency and improve patient satisfaction. The result is Advanced Training in Dermatology, a comprehensive training program with 85 lessons specifically created to provide a dermatology-focused education. What’s more, it demonstrates mastery of the information through end-of-program exams that issue a Certificate of Completion and 15 Continuing Education credits (jointly provided by Creighton University HSCE).
An impressive addition to any learners resume, Advanced Training in Dermatology was created by specialists and is respected by specialists. It differs from other programs in the industry that are, for the most part, designed for primary care providers to manage dermatology conditions.
Designed to alleviate the burden of on-the-job training, as well as to increase the knowledge and contributions of junior staff, it will maximize the performance of a practice. The staff will be able to better anticipate the physician’s needs and be more knowledgeable in their interactions and communications with patients. When a practice is run by knowledgeable staff, the overall experience for patients is a favourable one and one they’d be excited to recommend to friends and family and return to.
Dr. Perry Robins outlines the core benefits of Advanced Training in Dermatology as follows:
- For doctors: a professionally trained staff that better anticipates your needs, optimizes practice efficiency, and provides higher patient satisfaction
- For nurses and physician assistants: their in-depth knowledge fosters better interactions with physicians and more meaningful interactions with patients, which affords more confidence and pride in the job
- For patients: a higher level of care at all touch points means a better experience and one that motivates word of mouth
What are you waiting for? Optimize your practice, or channel your passion for skin, health, and anti-aging into a fulfilling career by enrolling in Advanced Training in Dermatology, a robust foundation from which to launch to success.
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