Medical Associations

American Academy of Dermatology

American Medical Association

Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants

Washington State Medical Association


Patient Resources

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Melanoma Research Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation

Camp Korey at Carnation Farm


Washington State Medical Assistants

Effective July 1, 2013, the new medical assistant profession created by ESSB 6237 will impact current health care assistants, assistive personnel, medical assistants not currently credentialed by the Department of Health, and their supervisors.

Major provisions of 2012 Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6237 include:

• The medical assistant profession is established on July 1, 2013.

• Two categories of medical assistants impacting dermatology are certified and registered.

• The current health care assistant profession is phased out beginning July 1, 2013 with active credential holders transitioned to a medical assistant credential.

• Medical assistants will work under the supervision of a physician, physician assistant, registered nurse or advanced registered nurse practitioner.

Important areas for dermatologists:

Scope of Practice

Certified MAs

Registered MAs (scroll to Subsection 4)

Written instructions prior to procedure


Department of Health Medical Assistant Webpage

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications and Forms

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