2014 Annual Meeting Dailies

March 24

March 23

  • colorcancer_150 Academy emphasizes recommendations to educate about skin cancers in people of colorLost in the emphasis on diagnosing and treating melanoma among Caucasians is the threat to people with skin of color, in whom all types of skin cancers are often overlooked. The Academy has stepped up its efforts to educate both dermatologists and the public about these dangers through a paper published online in January and a Forum presented Saturday. > MORE
  • kim_150 Presenters offer strategies to treat atypical melanocytic lesionsWhen dermatologists encounter patients with atypical melanocytic lesions, the prospect of evaluating and managing these patients is particularly challenging. These patients can present with numerous nevi that can be difficult to differentiate from melanoma, and their nevi can have complex, heterogeneous patterns. > MORE
  • sarcoidosis_150 Stepwise treatment approach vital for sarcoidosis patientsWithout an FDA-approved medicine for sarcoidosis, physicians have looked to off-label use of pharmaceuticals to help their patients. This uncommon multisystem granulomatous disease of unknown cause affects the skin in 30 percent of patients. > MORE
  • benabio_150 Physicians need to adapt to practicing in a digital worldFrom electronic medical records to Facebook to Yelp, health care professionals are living in the digital world, whether they like it or not. In short, physicians need to accept the realities of practicing medicine in 2014, which includes making good use of social media platforms and patients rating them online. > MORE
  • Remember to attend the Annual Business MeetingAll Academy members should attend the Annual Business Meeting, at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Bellco Theatre. The Annual Business Meeting, part of the Sunday Plenary, gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the progress and achievements of the Academy, as well as providing updates of the Academy’s fiscal stability. > MORE

March 22

  • halpern_150 Combination of two therapies holds promise in treating melanomaTwo approaches to treating melanoma — pathway-targeted therapy and immunotherapy — have upsides and downsides, but a combination of the two may yield better outcomes. Those approaches and a nonmelanoma skin cancer treatment using a Hedgehog pathway inhibitor were examined during Friday’s Hot Topics presentation “Melanoma and Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.” > MORE
  • cohen_150 Sunscreening agent can be culprit in contact dermatitisThe first few months of each year is awards season, and although it doesn’t get the attention of the Grammys or Oscars, the Allergen of the Year does make an impact — especially among dermatologists. This year the top allergen, according to the American Contact Dermatitis Society, is the family of benzophenones. > MORE
  • Dirk Elston, MD Dr. Elston reflects on the challenges facing dermatology todayThe implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is driving many major changes in health care, so Dirk Elston, MD, focused the Academy’s efforts during his term as AAD president on proactively dealing with those changes. > MORE
  • Kia_150 Speakers advocate cost-conscious approachAs the cost of medicine continues to escalate dramatically, physicians must take responsibility for how best to cost-effectively evaluate and treat patients. > MORE
  • hale_150 New fillers offer targeted approachDermatologists have an arsenal of fillers at their disposal. With more products coming on the market, dermatologists have been left trying to stay up to date. Annual Meeting attendees gained a better understanding of the individual characteristics and ideal uses for several fillers during the Friday afternoon Hot Topics presentation, “Aesthetics: Fillers and Toxins,” directed by Elizabeth K. Hale, MD. > MORE
  • Would you like some coffee with that hashtag? Enter Academy’s Twitter selfie contest!This year the Academy is hosting its first ever Twitter photo contest during Annual Meeting. To participate, you’ll need to join Twitter (if you haven’t already — and if you haven’t, why haven’t you?) and follow the Academy’s Meeting News Twitter feed, @AADMtgs. > MORE
  • Annual Business Meeting best way to start SundayAll Academy members should attend the Annual Business Meeting, at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Bellco Theatre. The Annual Business Meeting, part of the Sunday Plenary, gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the progress and achievements of the Academy, as well as providing updates of the Academy’s fiscal stability. > MORE

March 21

  • Colorado Convention Center Welcome to the Mile High meetingThe Academy is taking the Annual Meeting to new heights — literally — today through Tuesday. This is the Academy’s first time in Colorado, the only state to lie entirely above 3,281 feet. Denver’s nickname, The Mile High City, is no exaggeration! Parts of Denver are 5,280 feet above sea level, or exactly 1 mile high. > MORE
  • Dirk Elston, MD Genomics a focus of Plenary scientific lecturesProof that genomics is playing a much larger role in medical treatments in general and cancer treatments in particular can be seen in four scientific lectures that will be presented at the Sunday Plenary session, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Bellco Theatre. Another lecture will look at the changing role of dermatology in light of health system reform. > MORE
  • 0305-Coldiron_FEATURED President-Elect calls on members to come togetherBrett Coldiron, MD, found great satisfaction when he began his medical career as a general internist, but it wasn’t enough. “As an internist, I ordered tests, organized their medicines, and felt satisfaction when their breathing improved or their glucose normalized. I made friends with my patients and was dismayed when they declined and sometimes died. It broke my heart. > MORE
  • Training in suture techniquesA Sunday session will offer suturing tips and hands-on instruction. “Innovative Suture Techniques Update” (F088) will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 103/105. > MORE
  • Attend industry expert sessionsIndustry expert sessions are the newest addition to the Academy Annual Meeting exhibit hall. > MORE
  • 0305-SeeSPOT_FEATURED See SPOT, win big in the AAD exhibit hallThis year, the Academy is bringing a fun new game to the exhibit hall! There will be fabulous prizes at stake, but you have to play to win. > MORE
  • Connect with colleagues in Denver with AAD Meeting ConnectionIn 2014, the Academy has added one more option to the list of resources we provide to make your meeting experience second to none. AAD Meeting Connection is a new listserv where AAD members can share tips, information, and insights — from childcare options to restaurant recommendations and sightseeing tips — to get the most out of the meeting experience. Learn more and sign up at www.aad.org/meetingconnection. > MORE
  • 0305-Jeopardy+_FEATURED Watch residents battle it out Jeopardy-styleIt’s back — Resident Jeopardy, the only symposium that takes place in a game show format! Eight teams of residents will compete in trivia challenges that test their dermatologic knowledge. The battle is fierce, and the prize highly coveted. Last year, Georgia Health Sciences University walked away with the trophy. This year, it’s anyone’s game! > MORE
  • 0305-Twitter Contest_FEATURED Would you like some coffee with that hashtag? Enter Academy’s Twitter photo contest!This year the Academy will be hosting its first ever Twitter photo contest during Annual Meeting. To participate, you’ll need to join Twitter (if you haven’t already — and if you haven’t, why haven’t you?) and follow the Academy’s Meeting News Twitter feed, @AADMtgs. > MORE
  • Non-CME Promotional Information Programs happening today through SundayPromotional Information Program (PIPs) are planned and produced by industry. For more information on times, locations, and registration, please visit www.aad.org/pips. > MORE
  • Advocacy experts at your fingertipsDo you have questions about Medicare payment reform? The 2014 fee schedule? Indoor tanning regulations? Advocacy experts from the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) will be available at the AAD Resource Center, Booth 3714, to answer your questions about the role advocacy plays in providing an influential and trusted voice with key policymakers for your patients, practice, and profession. > MORE