An article regarding this program was recently accepted for publication in The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology.
Our program, DermAccess, is designed to increase the accessibility of skin cancer screenings, allowing for suspicious lesions to be evaluated within 72 hours. Dr. Glenn Goldstein, medical director of the area’s most comprehensive dermatology practice, has been evaluating this new model of care in order to design the most effective and efficient manner to evaluate skin cancer. The program, modeled after a practice at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, allows patients who have suspicious growths on their skin to see a board-certified skin cancer specialist immediately.
“The significant shortage of dermatologists makes the wait for a new patient appointment several months in some regions. When we opened the practice, our vision was to offer comprehensive care and expanded treatment options, including better access to highly trained physicians,” said Goldstein.
“In addition, skin cancer has more than tripled among caucasians between 1980 and 2003. Therefore, we feel it’s our responsibility to give patients immediate access to care, offering them advanced treatment and peace of mind.”
DermAccess is designed to accept new patients within 72 hours of a referral to the center. Patients who have suspicious lesions are encouraged to contact the center and request an appointment with DermAccess to be evaluated for skin cancer. “Early detection is the key to successfully treating skin cancer,” said Dr. Goldstein. “It is vital for everyone to perform a monthly self-exam and look for abnormal growth or moles.”