Schedule: Noon to 4:30 PM EST (breaks included)
Enhance your dermatology skills by learning more about diagnosing, treating, and managing commonly encountered dermatology conditions. Victor Czerkasij MA, MSN, FNP-BC will help you learn to recognize conditions early and make appropriate referrals when necessary. This program features the following courses:
Body Fungi Challenges: Identification and Treatment of Superficial Mycoses
Cutaneous fungal infections are generally found in two distinct forms: dermatophytes and Candida. They affect hair, skin, and nails in multiple forms and presentations. Fortunately, when correctly diagnosed, most continue to respond well to treatment, though complications and adverse events are common and other differential diagnoses cannot be excluded. This course clearly defines the types and forms of mycoses and reviews the most up-to-date prescription and over-the-counter treatments.
Psychiatric Dermatology: A Review of the Challenges and Possibilities in Psychocutaneous Conditions
Psychiatric dermatology is the management of compulsive behaviors and disorders that involve the skin. Often, these conditions are the most difficult for clinicians to manage because many patients are resistant to pursuing recommended psychiatric referrals.
Psychocutaneous conditions are on the rise, and include delusions of parasitosis, prurigo nodularis (neurotic excoriation), notalgia paresthetica, trichotillomania, and many other skin anxiety disorders worsened by established diseases and allergies, which are compounded by stress and anxiety. While psychocutaneous conditions are rarely discussed in educational curricula and are often passed over in clinical situations, this review provides an introduction to psychocutaneous conditions and a starting framework of basic clinical approaches to treatment. A discussion of the history of Morgellons disease is also included.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa: No Longer a Painful, Difficult Orphan Diagnosis
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a challenging, chronic, systemic inflammatory condition that disfigures and scars the skin in the body’s most sensitive areas. HS has long been misunderstood and undertreated. It is also coupled with many devastating comorbidities. While there is no cure for HS, relatively stable and effective treatments can lessen symptoms and provide patients with a measure of balance and control. This presentation reviews the myths and misunderstandings around HS, introduces Hurley staging, and explains the framework for diagnosing, treating, and managing HS overall.
Dysplastic Nevi and Melanoma: The Deadly March of Suspicious Moles
About 80 years ago, the lifetime risk of melanoma was 1 in 1,500 Americans. Today, the lifetime risk of developing melanoma is approximately 1 in 45 Americans. What is behind the epidemic of dysplastic nevi (“pre-melanoma” and malignant melanoma itself)? How does one educate patients and develop skills for assessment, biopsy, and management of this deadly form of skin cancer? While highly curable in the early stages, dysplastic nevi and melanoma represent great cost and cause disfigurement and stress for patients. This detailed presentation focuses on developing the skills necessary to conduct a thorough skin assessment, obtain a biopsy specimen, and create a treatment plan based on the pathology results.
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