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Hello peeps, I'm a 2nd year student and I'm planning to be a GP when I grad. I've recently seen a lot of GP clinics in Ontario offering simple derm. procedures (like laser hair removal, botox, Leg/facial varicose vein treatments), circumcisions or vasectomies. I was wondering If anyone know where I can find more info on how to get certification for those procedures?

 

ty for your help in advance guys,

 

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There’s no official certification. You hang a sign and call yourself a “skin expert” and that’s all ....and of course manage any complications that come along with it. 

Of note, if cosmetics is the primary thing you want, you could also just become a nurse since it’s all unregulated.

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On 8/19/2020 at 7:40 AM, ZBL said:

There’s no official certification. You hang a sign and call yourself a “skin expert” and that’s all ....and of course manage any complications that come along with it. 

Of note, if cosmetics is the primary thing you want, you could also just become a nurse since it’s all unregulated.

Sorry should of clarified, I was a 2nd year MD student when I wrote that. 

I find that there are a lot of procedures GP's can do with a long wait from the public system ranging from joint injections to vasectomies. Anyone else thinking of doing minor procedures privately ?

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20 hours ago, GrAYthaiBOY said:

Sorry should of clarified, I was a 2nd year MD student when I wrote that. 

I find that there are a lot of procedures GP's can do with a long wait from the public system ranging from joint injections to vasectomies. Anyone else thinking of doing minor procedures privately ?

For joint injections, family doctors will typically do the easy ones themselves (knees and the likes) while the harder ones require ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance so that's pretty much only accessible to radiologists, PM&R or anesthesia (rheumatology too but they tend to keep it in house, i.e. the group has one rheumatologist that's trained in US and does the US-guided injections for everyone in the group). All in all, there isn't a huge market for doing specialty injection clinics since the aforementioned specialties will hog these procedures because they can bill a consultation on top of the procedure itself which ends up being very lucrative.

For example, a PM&R doc doing a single site facet joint injection in his private office in QC will bill the RAMQ (OHIP equivalent) 386,60$ (that's the cheapest axial procedure) for a new patient and an US-guided injection comes out to 262,20$. As a FM doc, you don't get the "good" codes so the equipment isn't worth it (an outpatient fluoroscopy suite is 300 000$ or so and an US machine is 50-100 000$ or so).

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Hello, not sure how the entire procedure is going. However, I have been a client of https://www.visageclinic.com/cosmetic-surgery/facelift/ for a long time, and they have always tried to help their customers with as much information as possible. I think you should try to contact someone there and ask them how the process is going. Moreover, it would be best if you were attentive because each state and country might have its own rules and ways, so it's better to stay informed from multiple sources.

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