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It is time for a paradigm

A NEW society founded in 2015, called South African Dermatology Physician Assistants Society (SADPAS) is a subgroup of The Dermatology Society of South Africa (DSSA).

The official unveiling of The South African Dermatology Physician Assistants Society (SADPAS) was at The Dermatology Society of SA Annual Congress 2015 – Champagne Sports Resort Drakensberg, South Africa.

The most important constitutional objective of The Dermatology Society of South Africa is to promote the science and practice of dermatology in order to optimise patient care by providing continuing education and networking opportunities for its members.

However, when patients consult a dermatological practice, they engage with other members of the dermatologist’s “dermcare team” who also contribute towards optimising their dermatologic care. The education and training of these physician assistants has been left to the individual dermatologist, but, it is time for a paradigm shift!

Dermatologists will enhance their practice profile by enrolling their dermatology physician assistants with SADPAS. The premier educational experience for professionals committed to excellence in cosmetic, aesthetics and physician assistants dermatology procedures.

Dermatology physician assistants are defined as professionals who care for dermatologic patients and have direct patient contact. SADPAS members will have educational opportunities for professional development resources, latest research findings needed to provide high-quality care to patients they serve and access to educational and networking opportunities.

SADPAS is about working together with dermatologists to make a difference in patient care throughout South Africa.

Who will Benefit and How?

  • Qualified Skincare Therapists

    Beauty therapist, health & skincare therapist, somatologist, aesthetician, cosmetologist, cosmetician.

  • Practice Managers

    Medical practice management is a relatively new field. Long ago managers were not used in medicine. Dermatologists generally worked as independent entities, running their practices as they deemed best.

    Dermatologists have changed how they worked. Medical aids complicate the delivery of health care. Paperwork became a huge part of the job and dermatologists increasingly found themselves spending more time on filling out forms than on actual patient care.

    Moreover, many dermatologists found themselves bewildered by the processes and policies. Medical schools did not provide any training in these matters and most doctors were ill-equipped to take them on.

    More and more medical practitioners began hiring someone to handle these responsibilities so they could get back to doing what they were trained to do.

    Over time the role has grown and expanded to take on all aspects of running a medical practice (outside of treating patients) to become what we know of today as medical practice management.

    A practice manager can benefit from SADPAS.

  • Registered Nurses

    Duties of a registered nurse vary depending upon where they work, but often include providing direct care to patients, assisting Dermatologists in medical procedures, offering guidance to family members, and leading public health education campaigns.

    RNs may also operate medical monitoring equipment and administer medications & topicals. A registered nurse can benefit from SADPAS.

  • Medical Receptionists

    A medical receptionist is an integral part of a high functioning healthcare team. Doctors, nurses, and other medical and administrative staff members rely on the medical receptionist to create a friendly, welcoming and well-organized front office for patients and to facilitate their flow through the facility.

    The daily rhythm of work as a medical receptionist can be summed up in one word – busy! These professionals traditionally perform their duties from a prominently located desk, where they can easily interact with patients, staff, pharmaceutical reps, vendors and others. They are responsible for maintaining a calm and efficient environment for fielding phone calls, answering patient questions, scheduling new and follow-up appointments, registering new patients and updating records.

    A medical receptionist is the touchstone for both the staff and patients of a healthcare practice. These professionals are charged with expertly coordinating the day-to-day activities of dermatologists, nurses and patients to ensure a focus on compassionate care delivered on time.

    A medical receptionist can benefit from SADPAS.

  • Medical Technologists

    Medical technologists perform a variety of tasks including everything from simple pre-marital blood tests, to more complex tests to uncover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer.

    Medical technologists analyze specimens of human blood and tissue under a microscope to look for bacteria, parasites, cancerous cells, or other microorganisms. They match blood for transfusions, check blood levels for chemicals, drugs, or other factors.

    Additionally, medical technologists evaluate test results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor registered nurses.

    Although medical technologists do not often interact directly with patients, the work completed by medical technologists directly impacts patients’ lives.

    Dermatologists rely on the information provided by medical technologists to determine the diagnosis and treatment of their patients.

    A medical technologists can benefit from SADPAS.

  • Financial Administrator

    Monthly practice performance reports – billing & collections overseer. Management of medical aids.

    They are often the grunt worker – if no one else wants to do it, the administrator steps up to the plate. Disgruntled or angry patients, financial arrangements with patients regarding their account, or anything and everything else that no one else wants to do.

    The point of contact for pharmaceutical representatives and companies. Policies and procedures are the ‘the heart’ of a well-run practice, but practices often lack them because they are so time consuming to create.

    The dermatology administrator can create, enforce, and monitor great policies and procedures.

SADPAS Executive Committee

Marcelle Sailda

Founder Member & President

Anet Souris


Ophelia Edwards


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