Hands on deck
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Like any ship, it takes more than just its captain to keep a dermatology practice afloat. In the AAD’s 2014 Dermatology Practice Profile Survey, data reveals interesting trends in the type and number of full-time staff employed across different practice types.

Unsurprisingly, administrative staff members were the most frequently employed among all practice types. However, when survey results were isolated by practice size, the data indicated that the number of administrative staff does not necessarily grow proportionally as the amount of dermatologists at the practice expands — only sharply increasing as the number of physicians in the practice reached between 3 to 5 dermatologists. Medical assistants and nurses were the second and third most common types of full-time staff regardless of practice size.