Essentials of Medical Dermatology course description

Essentials of Medical Dermatology is designed to provide practical medical dermatology information to residents in dermatology training programs as well as practitioners who see patients with medical dermatologic problems. Topics include treatment and care of patients with psoriasis, eczema, acne, atopic dermatitis,blistering diseases, and collagen vascular diseases.  Particular attention will be paid to drug reactions and how to approach patients with complex problems or “recalcitrant” disease in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Delineate strategies for effective patient communication skills that will result in improved patient safety.
  2. Design a plan for selection of systemic medications for psoriasis and develop a scheme for evaluation prior to and during therapy.
  3. Recognize the potential toxicity of systemic therapies for psoriasis.
  4. Describe the recommended approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of atopic eczema.
  5. Select an appropriate systemic therapy for effective and safe management of the patient with acne.
  6. Summarize the key issues in the treatment of blistering diseases.
  7. Review and discuss the diagnosis and management of collagen vascular diseases.
  8. Identify and manage adverse drug reactions and discuss strategies for preventing adverse drug reactions; including severe cutaneous drug reactions (TEN, SJS, DRESS), fixed drug eruptions, urticarial drug eruptions and the “rare” reactions to newer chemotherapeutic agents.
  9. Describe and use an evidence-based approach to the differential diagnosis and management of leg ulcers.
  10. Differentiate between atypical moles and melanomas.
  11. Design an evaluation for patients with purpura.
  12. Develop an approach to recalcitrant dermatoses and patients with complex medical issues by establishing a working diagnosis and learning to improve your use of clinical examination and its correlation with pathologic and laboratory findings.
  13. Establish an appropriate diagnosis for patients with alopecia.
  14. Develop a differential diagnosis for patients with vulvar dermatoses.

Target audience

This course is designed for dermatology residents and clinical dermatologists in practice who are in need of information in medical dermatology and is presented by recognized experts in the field of medical dermatology.

CME Accreditation

The American Academy of Dermatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation

The American Academy of Dermatology designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AAD Recognized Credit

This CME activity is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology for 18.5 AAD Recognized Credits and may be used toward the American Academy of Dermatology’s Continuing Medical Education Award.