2015 Summer Academy Meeting Daily

August 22

  • Profit-seeking, confidential rebates driving up cost of generic drugsSpending on prescription drugs in the United States increased 13 percent in 2014, reaching $374 billion. Although much of the increase was driven by expensive new drugs, more than 80 percent of prescriptions are filled with supposedly less expensive generics, but the cost of some generic dermatology medicines still has increased more than 1,000 percent for consumers in recent years. > MORE
  • Diseases emerge, re-emerge in a cycle driven by worldwide environmentLost amid news of new biologic therapies, the migration of the nine-banded armadillo from Mexico across Texas and to the southeastern U.S. is not something the average dermatologist is tracking on Twitter. Yet, bacteria on those armadillos have been linked to nine new cases of leprosy in Florida — and is an example of the new paradigm of emerging and re-emerging diseases. > MORE
  • Better systems the key to improving safety, reducing errors“First, do no harm” is a tenet and a challenge in the constantly changing universe of health care. The challenge, though, lies more in the basic systems of care rather than the expanding treatment options based on complex science. > MORE
  • Academy raising emphasis on ethics, professionalismStaying up to date on the continuously evolving standards of ethical and professional behavior is as important in medicine as staying updated on science and practice issues, a point emphasized during Friday's Plenary presentation, “Professionalism: Opportunities and Dilemmas in Dermatology.” > MORE
  • Get meeting info in the palm of your hand with the mobile app!Don't forget! Be sure to download the AAD Meeting Mobile App for all meeting-related information. This app can be downloaded from either an iPhone or an Android smartphone, and includes information about session schedules, exhibitor listings, speaker information, session handouts, e-Posters, and more. > MORE
  • Don’t forget to get social with your selfies at the Summer Meeting!If you're not following AAD Meeting News on Twitter yet (@AADMtgs), now is the time to do so, especially for those of you who are attending this year's Summer Meeting. Twitter is one of the main sources for updated news and information, and all attendees are encouraged to join in the conversation and share their experiences with the hashtag #AAD15 for all meeting-related tweets. > MORE

August 20

  • Expert speakers highlighted during Friday Plenary sessionPlan to attend one of the highlights of the Summer Academy Meeting, the Plenary session, starting at 9 a.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom. The session will feature five lectures as well as the President's Address by Mark Lebwohl, MD. > MORE
  • Panelists to discuss issues related to high drug pricesWhether it is for the latest biologic treatment or a generic medication that has been available for a couple of decades, the cost of prescription drugs is on the rise, and dermatologists and their patients are feeling the pain. A Friday afternoon forum will feature panelists with four different perspectives discussing the issue. > MORE
  • New research changes approach to managing itchThere is more to itching than many dermatologists realize. Not only is itching one of the most intensely unpleasant sensations known, its causes and treatments are far more varied than were recognized just a few years ago. Itch is the No. 1 item on the Academy's research agenda. > MORE
  • Boost your pediatric dermatology skills at symposiumChildren are not little adults, especially when it comes to dermatologic issues. Children offer very different diagnostic and management challenges compared to adults, and different age groups present different sets of challenges. Common clinical challenges, such as patch testing, nevi, and psoriasis, can require a different approach in a 4-year-old compared to a 34-year-old. > MORE
  • Experts to provide tips to improve surgical skills in three key areasDermatologic surgery is a complex topic. The basic skills can be learned through typical instructional techniques, but many of the most important diagnostic and management skills require hands-on experience — or, a specialized forum at the Summer Academy Meeting. > MORE
  • Tweets & selfies: The best ways to get social at the meetingIf you're not following AAD Meeting News on Twitter yet (@AADMtgs), now is the perfect time to do so. This is especially aimed at those attending the Summer Academy Meeting because Twitter will be the main source for updated news and information throughout the course of the meeting. All attendees are encouraged to join the conversation and share their experiences with the hashtag #AAD15 for all meeting-related tweets. > MORE
  • Navigate your way through the Summer Academy MeetingTechnology these days has made it easier than ever for attendees to access to all meeting-related information in the palm of their hand. If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, one of the best ways to manage your meeting plans is to download the AAD Meeting Mobile App. Inside, it has information on session schedules, exhibitor listings, speaker information, session handouts, e-Posters, and more. > MORE
  • Industry Expert Sessions scheduledIndustry Expert Sessions provide exhibiting companies the opportunity to present new research on products, detail products, conduct demonstrations, and highlight new products. These sessions are solely promotional, and are not eligible for continuing medical education credit. > MORE
  • PIP session scheduledA non-CME Promotional Information Program (PIP) is scheduled to take place Friday evening. These programs do not qualify for CME credit and all content is under the control of the sponsoring company. PIPs are independent and not part of the official AAD Summer Academy as planned by its Scientific Assembly Committee. > MORE