Editorial Message from Guest Editor Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DCNP, FAANP

Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DCNP, FAANP is Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Schools of Medicine and Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio; has a clinical practice with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; is Lead Faculty and Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing in Boca Raton, Florida; and is Co-Founder of the Center for Advanced Practice Dermatology in Stow, Ohio.   

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of NP+PA Perspectives in Dermatology, and to our second year of publication! The Editorial Advisory Board, editorial staff, and publisher have been thrilled by the incredible support NP+PA Perspectives has received from NP and PA clinicians, educators, and researchers—as well as members of industry—in the field of dermatology. The support we’ve received for the publication underscores just how important NPs and PAs are to advancing the field of dermatology and how necessary it is to provide these clinicians with their own space to share information and exchange ideas with other dermatology professionals.

In this issue of NP+PA Perspectives, I am pleased to introduce our first installment of “Skin of Color,” a regular column series contributed by Archana Sangha, MMS, PA-C. In her column, “Managing Atopic Dermatitis,” Ms. Sangha focuses on the unique characteristics and treatment of atopic dermatitis in skin of color, particularly in Black and Asian populations. 

In a commentary by Ferreira et al titled, “Psychodermatology in the Era of COVID-19,” the authors discuss the recent increase in rates of psychiatric illness in the general population related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as anxiety and depression. The authors also review skin disorders commonly associated with psychiatric comorbidity and discuss the practical implications of COVID-19-related psychiatric morbidity in relation to individuals with pre-existing psychodermatological conditions.

In this installment of “Meeting Highlights,” we’ve summarized select presentations from the Maui Derm 2021 virtual meeting, which was held this past January. This meeting featured presentations on the latest treatments in psoriasis, acne, rosacea, pediatrics, atopic dermatitis, devices, and more. 

In this month’s “Journal Watch,” we’ve summarized recently published research in atopic dermatitis, COVID-19 and dermatology, and psychodermatology. 

You also won’t want to miss this issue’s Spotlight Interview, where I share information about the new dermatology NP training program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as the latest information on CAPD’s 2021 DCNP Review Course and Practice to Pass program. 

We hope you enjoy this issue of NP+PA Perspectives in Dermatology. As always, we welcome your submissions and your feedback. 

With regards,

Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DCNP, FAANP