2016 Summer Meeting Wrap-Up

August 9

  • Tumor staging update improves cSCC treatmentCutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is the second-most common cancer in the United States but its treatment has lagged behind that of other cancers because of the lack of solid data about the disease. That is changing with the development of an updated tumor staging system that identifies patients most at risk and treatments that are more effective for those patients. > MORE
  • Psoriasis patients turning to alternative treatmentsBiologics have revolutionized the treatment of patients with psoriasis, but more than half of them still use complementary treatments, including topical and oral herbal medicines, lasers, and diet and lifestyle changes. > MORE
  • Tools help with diagnosis and assessment of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritisTreatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have improved greatly, but it is important that the assessment of disease severity also advances because it helps patient management and quality of life. Live patient demonstrations were used to illustrate processes and tools for improved assessment during a July 28 session. > MORE
  • Nerve distractions reduce pain associated with proceduresMary Poppins sang that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and it turns out to be a hypothesis backed by both good music and good science. Studies show that a bit of sucrose — as well as distractions, ice, topical anesthetics, pleasant aromas, or vibrations — help reduce pain and calm patients of all ages during minor procedures. > MORE
  • Dermatologist navigates six-month medical mission tripWhen Lt. Cmdr. Jane Scribner, MD, went aboard the U.S. Navy Ship Comfort in April 2015, it was the start of her six-month journey to provide dermatologic medical and surgical care to individuals living in 11 underprivileged countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. > MORE
  • Improve financial footing with these six tipsBeyond the important work of caring for patients, dermatologists must also make the running of their business a priority. When physicians fall short in managing their finances, employees, and processes, the ramifications can be far-reaching. > MORE
  • Meditation, other tools help deal with stresses of practiceThe world physicians knew back in medical school has changed greatly with the implementation of health system reform, the development of new practice models, and evolving reimbursement challenges. As a result, many physicians are stressed, and many more are downright unhappy with their careers. > MORE
  • Are you ready to lead? Nominations sought for 2017 AAD electionThe American Academy of Dermatology's Nominating Committee is accepting nominees for the 2017 Academy election for officers, directors of the Board of Directors, and Nominating Committee member representatives (East Region). > MORE