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Patient Information: FAQs

Are dermatologists medical doctors?

Yes. After earning a four year medical degree, a dermatologist completes an additional four years of training (a residency) in the specialty of dermatology, focusing on skin, hair and nails.  To be a Board Certified dermatologist, the physician must complete a residency in the specialty of dermatology, pass a rigorous two-part test administered by the American Board of Dermatology, and continue to maintain medical credentials by participating in a Maintenance of Certification program, which ensures the dermatologist continuously refreshes and expands his or her knowledge in the specialty of dermatology.

Why should I see a dermatologist for my skin conditions?

You should see a dermatologist when you are worried you could have skin cancer or have risk factors that increase the likelihood you will develop skin cancer. Dermatologists are best qualified to evaluate and treat skin cancer because they receive extensive medical training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, including skin cancer. You should also see a dermatologist if you have a persistent skin problem, one that is not  responding to other treatment, or if you are suffering from a cosmetic skin problem that may require a specialist. As a specialist, dermatologists are accustomed to treating diseases like rosacea or psoriasis and acne, and are qualified to determine a successful course of treatment.

What kind of training does a Physician Assistant have?

Physician Assistant (PA) programs generally take 26 months of full time study to complete. Some programs may require a bachelor's degree, but some do not.  Physician Assistants are trained in general primary care and can only provide patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician.


Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

This depends on your particular insurance plan; consult your plan if you are unsure. In many cases, you do not need a referral for a dermatologist.


What are the signs of skin cancer?

The Skin Cancer Foundation web site has some excellent resources for prevention, signs and treatment of skin cancer.


How can I take better care of my skin?

The American Academy of Dermatology offers some great tips for caring for your skin, hair and nails.


What kind of sunscreen should I use?

Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Apply it generously to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as sensitive skin and for babies.


What insurance plans do you accept?

Some of the insurance plans we currently accept are:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cofinity/Aetna
  • Great West
  • Medicare
  • PHCS
  • Rocky Mountain HMO
  • Colorado Choice
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare/Pacificare

Please call our billing office to inquire about your plan if you don't see it listed.