What do nurse practitioners and physicians know about the responsibilities of a Medical Director (or Authorizer with Ordering Authority) in medical aesthetics? Probably not much. Even current Directors and Authorizers are unsure of the role. That’s where we come in.

Medical Director/AOA training with Jeanine Harrison NP

THMA Consulting is now offering a Supplementary Course in Medical Director/AOA Role and Responsibilities.

The advanced course is for Nurse Practitioners and Physicians who want to become Medical Directors, or who are in the position now, but don’t fully realize or understand the medical and legal implications involved in the position and its responsibilities for overseeing nursing injectors.

Please refer to our Course Schedules page for dates and registration information on upcoming Medical Director classes.

“A lot of nurses are getting trained in medical aesthetics, but not Medical Directors,” says Jeanine Harrison NP, who will be teaching the course at THMA Consulting.

“We found there is a serious deficiency in knowledge in the medical aesthetics industry on what is required for Nurse Practitioners and physicians when working as Medical Directors with nurses in collaborative patient care.”

Medical Director/AOA Role and Responsibilities will introduce Nurse Practitioners and Physicians to an evidence and practice-based didactic understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Medical Director/AOA in the field of medical aesthetics. Course participants will acquire the regulatory knowledge, skill and judgement to meet requirements for proficiency in patient safety and ethical care. They will also learn how nursing injectors must be fully accountable to the overseeing Medical Director/AOA.

Jeanine notes that it’s very difficult to find the detailed, evidence-based training on which to base a practice as a Medical Director/AOA.

Until now.

Medical Director/AOA course participants Andrew Mostofizadeh and Dr. Kelly Wright

“In general, nurses are absolutely aware they have to practice under the direction of a Medical Director or AOA. But does that knowledge get transferred into medical aesthetics? Not always. That’s where we are finding a big gap,” Jeanine says.

“Even those NPs and MDs already in the role aren’t fully aware of responsibilities and legal implications of the position.  We train them to know their role and the role of the RNs they are overseeing.”

One of the primary objectives in offering this course, and in all of our training, is to make sure people understand rules and regulations and will conduct their practices in safe and ethical manners.

Training a medical professional to put a needle in someone is certainly not the sole aim of our program. It’s important for all of us to learn and follow the highest ethical standards.

Other Supplementary Courses

Besides the Medical Director course and our New Practitioner Courses, we also offer additional training to keep current practitioners up-to-date on popular trends and procedures.

Medical aesthetics is a very fluid field of medicine and knowledgeable patients are very interested in new or improved treatments.

The more we can provide, the better for the patient and the practitioner.

Deoxycholic Acid Treatments are very popular now and relatively new.  There has been nothing like this before where you could contour the face by getting rid of the submental fat. We used to add fillers to try and lift the area, but that’s no longer necessary or desired. With this new procedure, the deoxycholic acid works to dissolve fat tissues so we don’t have to put in as much filler when contouring the lower part of the face (or off-label on other parts of the body). A valuable skill to learn.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments are one of the fastest growing treatment trends on the market now for rejuvenating the face and the restoration of hair follicles. Added to a practitioner’s portfolio practice, PRP’s therapeutic rejuvenation of skin tissue regeneration will provide patients with the means to effectively treat stretch marks, acne scars, fine lines and pigmentations. There’s a lot of potential for this service. Read: Patient Demand Drives Demand for PRP


Find more on these and other Supplementary Courses here. Each course is $500. (plus material costs).  Our Course Schedules has dates and additional information for all courses, including PRP Treatments, Deoxycholic Acid Treatments and Medical Director Role and Responsibilities. Interested participants can Register Here.