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AAD/A updated statement on ABDPA certification

The Academy was unaware prior to October 8, 2019, of the formation of ABDPA or its plans to offer board certification to physician assistants who have chosen to work in dermatology.

ABDPA is a private, independently held Limited Liability Corporation that is not affiliated with the American Board of Dermatology, and not affiliated or endorsed by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) or the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA). The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants has also stated they do not endorse the ABDPA.

Neither was the Academy aware that an elected AAD/A board member was involved with the ABDPA. The Academy has a comprehensive policy and procedure for disclosure of all relevant outside interests and management of any conflicts of interest. The Academy wants to assure its members that the Board of Directors will manage this matter accordingly.

Regarding the involvement of non-physician clinicians (NPs and PAs) involved in patient care, the Academy’s position on patient care states that anyone on a dermatologist’s care team and providing patient care be supervised by a board-certified/board-eligible dermatologist physician.

The AAD/A is concerned that the ABDPA is confusing to patients because of the American Board of Dermatology nomenclature that is being utilized in this certification. Patients should ensure that the dermatology practice from which they are receiving care follows the Academy’s recommended care protocol and ask that a dermatologist (M.D. or D.O.) oversee their care.