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COVID 19: URGENT MEDICAL AND AESTHETIC ISSUES FOR DERMATOLOGY

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NEW YORK, (April 10, 2020) – Luciana Halliday Nofal, VP Marketing and Client Relations SanovaWorks

Polling Questions Answered by Dermatologists and Dermatology Healthcare Practitioners

Moderated by Joel L. Cohen, a panel of dermatologist and dermatology industry experts including Adam Friedman, MD, Neal Bhatia, MD, Bill Humphries (Ortho Dermatologist), Sue Ellen Cox, MD, Kavita Mariwalla, MD and Carrie Strom (Allergan) joined the COVID-19 conversation discussing the questions that are on the minds of many dermatologists and healthcare practitioners in the country. The initial broadcast attracted 1,900 registrants and nearly 800 attendees participated. More than 85% of the audience were of dermatology physicians, with the remaining participants made up of dermatology residents, fellows, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Attendees were polled a variety of questions regarding how their practice was responding to COVID-19.

Adoption of Teledermatology

Regarding how physicians were adapting to the use of teledermatology, almost one third (30.71%) of those who answered saw no teledermatology patients in the preceding week, almost forty percent (39.98%) saw less than five per day, under ten percent (9.06%) saw more than 11 patients a day, with the remainder of respondents (21.26%) saw between five and ten patients per day in the previous week.

When asked the average time a teledermatology encounter takes (physician log on to physician log off), almost one third (31.25% said five to ten minutes, almost half (47.12%) took from eleven to twenty minutes, less than four percent (3.85%) took more than thirty minutes for the encounter, while the remaining (17.79%) took twenty-one to thirty minutes.

Urgent Dermatologic Cases

When the subject of what urgent dermatologic cases besides melanoma the participating dermatologists were seeing live in their practice, almost one third (29.41%) answered “zoster, versus concerning rash”, more than forty percent (41.18%) answered “spot checks of atypical pigmented lesions”, just over a quarter (26.47%) were seeing “invasive growing squamous cell” and under three percent (2.94%) were seeing live patients in their office for tumors around the orbit.

Patient Access to Medications

Almost one half of those who responded (47.85%) answered that they were having difficulty getting anti-malarials (HCQ, Chloroquine) for their patients that are on them, while the other half (52.15%) were not.

Return to Business for Cosmetic Practices 

Almost forty percent of those polled (38.69%) were optimistic that their practice would be back to “normal” (seeing cosmetic patients full time) in July, with an almost even spread of the remainder of respondents believing their practice would be back to normal in June (16.58%), August (15.58%), September (14.57%) or October and beyond (14.57%).

Planning for the year ahead

When asked how likely participants were to register now for a conference taking place in the fall, winter or spring, the majority of those who answered, said they were likely to register now for meetings during any of those time frames, ranging from almost half of respondents (47.75%) who would be likely to register now for a fall meeting, almost two-thirds (62.64%) for a meeting in the winter, and more than three-quarters (77.78%) would register now for a meeting taking place in the Spring. 

We look forward to asking more questions in the future to help the community provide the support it needs right now.

The on-demand broadcast has attracted over 500 registrants as of April 9th and is available on JDDonline.com.

Click here for access to Part I

Part II:  COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

COVID-19: Your Questions Answered, part II of the webinar series, was broadcasted on April 7, 2020. 

During this webinar dermatology experts and other thought leaders examined the legal and financial concerns of dermatology providers during the global coronavirus pandemic. David Goldberg, MD, JD lead a panel of experts, Joel L Cohen, MD, Jeffrey Dover, MD, Gunga Mukkavilli, CPA, and Janel Ablon, Esq. through discussions on furlough vs. layoffs; mortgage and rent relief programs; the CARES Act; and other important and current legal and financial matters for dermatologists. 

A second panel of experts including Joel L Cohen, MD and Jeffrey Dover, MD, from the previous panel, joined by Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, and moderated by Adam Friedman, MD, answered questions, discussed practical tips you can use in your practice right now; and how to move forward with patient care. Part II attracted 1,300 registrants with nearly 700 attendees.

Staffing, financials, and teledermatology

Over half of those polled (53.42%) responded that since the pandemic they have had to furlough staff and almost one quarter (23.6%) hadn’t but believed they may have to in the future. 

More than three-quarters of respondents (75.46%) said that their receivables in March compared to February are decreased greatly, while less than eight percent said their receivables were “about the same” (5.52%) or had “increased slightly” (2.45%). The remainder of respondents (16.56%) indicated that their receivables had decreased slightly.

With regards to financial assistance programs, almost all respondents (89.15%) said that they applied for the Paycheck Protection Program a Small Business Association loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to this, almost one third (28.68%) had applied for the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance), just under eight percent (7.75%) had applied for other Federal loans or grants, six percent (6.2%) applied for state loans or grants, and just two percent (2.33%) had found and applied for other loans or grants. 

Most respondents (78.42%) were not planning on borrowing from their retirement savings, while a further almost twenty percent (18.42%) were unsure and just three percent (3.16%) indicated they were planning on borrowing from their retirement fund,

Only a very small number of those polled (8.84%) feel experienced with teledermatology and use it as a normal part of their practice, and less than five percent (4.42%) were not planning on using it at all. Almost all respondents (86.74%) had little to no experience in teledermatology. Almost sixty percent (58.01%) had started teledermatoligy since the pandemic began, a further twenty percent (21.55%) had started before the pandemic but considered themselves a beginner, and a further seven percent (7.18%) had not started but wanted to.

We hope you enjoy watching and listening to these panels of experts discuss the latest issues in dermatology and we look forward to bring you more episodes.

The on-demand broadcast of Part II will be available on April 11, 2020 on JDDonline.com.

Click here for Part II

SANOVAWORKS COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

SANOVAWORKS COVID-19 RESOURCES

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NEW YORK, (Apr. 9th, 2020) – Luciana Halliday Nofal, VP Marketing and Client Relations

In response to the needs of the SanovaWorks community, our brands have developed COVID-19 resources.

COVID 19 part I dermatology JDD Next Steps SanovaWorks

On April, 1, 2020, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) and SanovaWorks brands launched Part I of the webinar series: COVID-19: Urgent Dermatology and Aesthetic Issues for Dermatology.

Over the course of the 2 hours, Joel L. Cohen, MD and 6 different thought leaders joined the COVID-19 conversation, discussing the pressing questions that are on the minds of many dermatologists and providers in the country. The initial broadcast attracted 1,900 registrants and nearly 800 attendees comprised of physicians, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Attendees were interested and engaged throughout the entire 2 hours with a 76% average attentiveness and 72% average interest rating.

The on-demand broadcast has attracted over 500 registrants as of April 9th and is available on JDDonline.com.

Part II COVID in Dermatology Webinar Financial and Legal

On April 7, 2020, Part II of the webinar series was broadcasted: COVID-19: Your Questions Answered. Dermatology experts and thought leaders examined the legal and financial concerns of dermatology providers during the global coronavirus pandemic. Experts discussed furlough vs. layoffs; mortgage and rent relief programs; the CARES Act; the pros and cons of leveraging NPs or PAs for teledermatology and more. Then, hear questions answered by our panel of experts; discussed practical tips you can use in your practice right now; and how to move forward with patient care. Part II attracted 1,300 registrants with nearly 700 attendees. Attendees were engaged and interested throughout with an 82% attentiveness average and 75+% interest rating.

The on-demand broadcast of Part II will be available on April 11, 2020 on JDDonline.com.

Next Steps in Dermatology, a resource for young dermatologists and residents, recently launched a COVID-19 News and Resource Center. Next Steps in Derm COVID-19 News & Resources Center offers a curated selection of relevant news and resources from truthworthy sources to help physicians navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources include:

  • COVID-19 Webinars
  • Free CME
  • COVID-19 Related Podcast Episodes
  • COVID-19 PubMed Articles in JAAD, JDD, etc.
  • Recommendations from AAD, AMA, etc.
  • Guidance from HIPAA, Medicare, and on Telehealth
Friedman Dermatologist ODAC disaster preparedness

ODAC AND JDD HELP IDENTIFY NEED FOR DISASTER TRAINING AMONG DERMATOLOGISTS

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A new study from the George Washington University found that many dermatologists are unprepared to respond to biological disasters and that the specialty would benefit from formal preparedness training.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2020) — The dermatology community is inadequately prepared for a biological disaster and would benefit from a formal preparedness training program, according to a study from the George Washington University (GW). The article is published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

Natural and man-made disasters can cause a range of dermatologic conditions due to environmental exposures, such as secondary infections following a flood, irritation from blistering agents used in chemical warfare, and acute and chronic effects of cutaneous radiation syndrome. A 2003 survey revealed that 88% of dermatologists felt unprepared to respond to a biological attack — this new survey shows that the need for training still exists.

“Recognizing and diagnosing the conditions that can arise following a disaster requires diagnostic acumen, knowledge on reporting, and short- and long-term management strategies,” said Adam Friedman, MD, interim chair of the Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and senior author on the study.

This current survey from an interdisciplinary team of dermatology and emergency medicine researchers, led by Emily Murphy, a research fellow in the GW Department of Dermatology, examines whether the field of dermatology has advanced in its bioterrorism preparedness.

The survey, disseminated via the ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic & Surgical conference listserv, found that only 28.9% of respondents received training in disaster preparedness and response. The respondents to the survey frequently commented that they felt dermatologists should be prepared for bioterrorism-related cutaneous diseases, such as anthrax or smallpox-related diseases, as well as infections resulting from natural disasters.

Similar to the 2003 survey, the authors found that few dermatologists received adequate bioterrorism preparedness training. Even among those who had reported training, many indicated they felt ill prepared to manage patients affected by disasters, especially biological attacks and nuclear or radiological events.

“While few respondents to the survey were trained in disaster preparedness, it is encouraging that 75% reported that it should be included in dermatology training,” Friedman said. “It is a necessary tool to advance the field.”

James Phillips, MD, section chief of disaster and operational medicine in the GW Department of Emergency Medicine, director of the GW Disaster Medicine Fellowship, and co-author on the study, agreed: “My fellows and I found great value in partnering with our dermatology colleagues for this project. It is my firm belief that, while disaster medicine and emergency management primarily fall within the scope of emergency medicine and trauma surgery, education, and training for other specialties is of great value and is virtually unexplored. In an increasingly complex disaster environment, we welcome such research collaborations with other GW specialists.”

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The article, titled “A Survey of Dermatologists’ Preparedness for Natural and Man-made Disasters,” is published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology and can be found at jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961620P0016X/1.

Susan Weinkle ODAC Award

ODAC VICE CHAIR SUSAN WEINKLE, MD RECOGNIZED AS OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR & MENTOR

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2020) – The ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic & Surgical Conference, in partnership with the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD), honored dermatologist Susan H. Weinkle, MD, with the Outstanding Educator & Mentor in Dermatology Award at the conference held January 17-20 in Orlando, Fla.

The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to educating and mentoring the next generation of dermatologists, and who have devoted a major portion of his or her professional life to enhancing the practice and profession of dermatology through education.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to recognize the tireless work of exceptional leaders in dermatology,” said Shelley Tanner, CEO and president of SanovaWorks, which produces the JDD, ODAC, Derm In-Review and Next Steps in Dermatology. “Not only do these dermatology leaders dedicate their entire lives to benefiting patients every day, but after the “work day” ends, they spend countless hours involved in activities to improve the specialty’s future. We congratulate Dr. Weinkle for being chosen for this award.”

“Physicians around the globe have learned so much from Dr. Susan Weinkle,” said dermatologist and ODAC vice conference chair Joel Cohen, MD. “Susan has given all of us in aesthetics so much of her time and energy, and I am honored to present this award to her.”

Dr. Weinkle is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. She is a past president of the Women’s Dermatological Society and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Weinkle is a former committee chair and member of the board of directors of several dermatology organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatology Foundation, and Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Weinkle is in private practice in Bradenton, Fla., specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Her daughter, Allison, will join the practice upon completion of her dermatology residency and fellowships in cosmetic dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

The recipient of the Outstanding Educator & Mentor in Dermatology Award, given by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, is nominated and chosen through the recommendation of a panel of senior national thought-leaders in dermatology, a committee of dermatology practitioners and several industry leaders.

 

Sanovaworks JDD oral Collagen New York Times

SANOVAWORKS JDD ARTICLE CITED IN NEW YORK TIMES

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NEW YORK (Nov. 19, 2019) – Oral Collagen Supplements: Are they Fountain of Youth or Snake-oil? The New York Times cites SanovaWorks publication, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD).

In January 2019, the JDD (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology) published “Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications” published a literature review and analysis of eleven scientific studies that all met defined criteria. All studies included in the review were considered “randomized-controlled studies” lending weight to their voice. The study concluded that results were optimistic for both short and long-term use of oral collagen supplements for wound healing and skin aging. Additionally, skin elasticity, hydration and collagen density were seen to increase with use. The authors of the study cited that collagen supplementation was generally safe with no reported adverse events however advised that further studies were required to provide better clinical guidelines for the use of collagen. SanovaWorks blog for young dermatologists and residents, Next Steps in Derm, provides a summary of the JDD article here.

Collagen is a protein that makes up approximately 80% of our skin and yet declines in volume at a rate of about 1% annually from our 20’s, says Dr. Whitney Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist. The question is, can you replenish your skin and youthful look through applying additional collagen on your skin or consuming similar supplements? The New York Times took a closer look at this subject citing JDD article.

You can find the New York Times article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/09/style/self-care/collagen-benefits.html

Dr. Bowe believes that the studies, “though small and preliminary,” show promise. Dr. Bowe has begun recommending oral collagen to her patients and has observed noticeable positive changes in skin elasticity, firmness and hydration.

“With volume of information available to the consumer it is imperative that independent scientific studies continue to be conducted and reported on to protect the consumer and patient. This is what we strive to do with the JDD” says Shelley Tanner, President of SanovaWorks, publisher of JDD (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology).

ODAC Dermatology Sold Out Hot Topics

ODAC OFFERS MORE ACCESS TO HOT TOPICS

By | ODAC, Press

New York (Oct. 28, 2019) – The ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic & Surgical Conference (ODAC) is extending its program for 2020 with additional time for ODAC hot topics, general sessions and workshops.

Attendee Feedback

“We’ve listened to our attendees and altered our program to provide greater access to the hottest topics in the field,” said Perry Robins, MD, dermatologist and founder of ODAC. “Our sessions are led by expert faculty who provide the latest research and clinical updates on a variety of medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology topics.”

The 2020 conference will be held January 17-20 at the JW Marriott in Orlando, Florida. ODAC, which started in 2003, attracts more than 650 dermatology physicians, residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants each year.

The 2020 conference focuses on clinical dermatology updates, new treatments, new uses for old treatments, new product lines, changes to therapeutic guidelines, and hot and controversial topics. The interactive learning experience includes more than 20 workshops and more than 5 hours of live aesthetic demonstrations. In addition, ODAC offers hands-on sessions, live Q&As and opportunities to dialogue with leaders in the field. Up to 31 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are available.

One-of-a-Kind

“There is no other conference like ODAC,” said dermatologist and conference chair James Spencer, MD, MS. “Each presentation provides practical pearls you can implement in your practice. This will be my 17th ODAC, and this meeting keeps getting better and better.”

In addition, three pre-conference workshops are available the first day of the conference:

  • “Comprehensive Nonsurgical Aesthetic Rejuvenation” with Martin Braun, MD
  • “Maintenance of Certification Workshop (Self-Assessment Credit)” with Erik Stratman, MD
  • “Derm In-Review Board Review” with session chair and conference medical director Adam Friedman, MD (in partnership with George Washington University)

Additional Faculty

  • Joel L. Cohen, MD, vice conference chair
  • Susan H. Weinkle, MD, vice conference chair
  • Martin Braun, MD
  • Justin Finch, MD
  • Robert Gotkin, MD
  • Jeremy Green, MD
  • William Hanke, MD
  • John Harris, MD
  • Sima Jain, MD
  • Terrence Keaney, MD
  • Leon Kircik, MD
  • Yasmine Kirkorian, MD
  • Sailesh Konda, MD
  • Angelo Landriscina, MD
  • Kavita Mariwalla, MD
  • Amy McMichael, MD
  • Alan Menter, MD
  • David Miller, MD
  • Vishal Patel, MD
  • Desiree Ratner, MD
  • Victor Ross, MD
  • Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD
  • Linda Stein Gold, MD
  • Erik Stratman, MD
  • Jackie Yee, MD
  • Jonathan Zippin, MD

Attendees may visit the exhibit hall that showcases the latest innovations in dermatology by more than 70 companies. In addition, more than 80 research and case study posters are available for viewing. The Advanced Resident Training and Education (ARTE) scholarship program provides the ODAC learning experience to more than 100 future dermatologists.

ODAC is a product of SanovaWorks, publisher of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) and producer of the Skin of Color Update conference.

Registration is available at orlandoderm.org.

Skin of Color Update Press Coverage

SKIN OF COLOR UPDATE 2019 COVERAGE

By | Press, Skin of Color, Skin of Color Update

NEW YORK (Oct. 15, 2019) Skin of Color Update 2019 continues to receive coverage from various media outlets after producing a sold out event.  A SanovaLive event, Skin of Color Update, Sept. 7 & 8, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square hosted an expert faculty with 2 days education, networking and discovery.  This 2-day event attracted over 300 dermatology providers from all over the US. Missed the event? Purchase it on-demand here.

See what the media has to say about the event and register for Skin of Color Update 2020 before it sells out.

The Dermatologist covered Wendy Roberts, MD session on Hair and Scalp Disorders: A Review of Alternative Therapies


In an interview with The Dermatologist, Skin of Color Update presenter Cheryl M. Burgess, MD, discusses  her lecture on common cosmetic concerns among patients with skin of color and the importance of recognizing adverse reactions.


Sun protection in Skin of Color patients still matters. Find out what Henry Lim, MD had to say in an interview with The Dermatologist regarding his lecture at Skin of Color Update 2019.  Read more.


Skin of Color Update speaker Theodore Rosen, MD presented on hidradenitis suppurativa in the black community and the improvement of disease control.  Read an overview of his session here.


Andrew Alexis, MD presented clinical findings on new drugs that particularly benefit skin of color patients with acne. Read the overview on Dermatology News.


Skin of color poses some unique challenges when it comes to diagnosing atopic dermatitis (AD). In a recent interview, co-founder and co-chair Andrew Alexis, MD discusses his challenges and pearls for treating AD in skin of color.  Read more.


Dermatology News recently covered Wendy Roberts, MD Skin of Color Update 2019 presentation on combination treatments for pseudofolliculitis barbae.  Read the interview and more here.


Whitening of skin remained charged topic at the recent Skin of Color Update, co-founder and co-chair Eliot F. Battle, Jr. MD lead the discussion with an interesting expert opinion on the topic.  Read more.


Register for Skin of Color Update at the Sheridan Times Square, September 12 and 13, 2020.

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ndrew Alexis receiving JDD award for Innovations in Dermatology from Skin of Color Update

ANDREW F. ALEXIS, MD, MPH, PRESENTED WITH INNOVATIONS AWARD

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NEW YORK (Sept. 9, 2019) – The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) presented dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH, with the Innovations in Skin of Color Dermatology Award at Skin of Color Update, formerly Skin of Color Seminar Series, held September 7 and 8 in New York. The award recognizes individuals who have fostered innovation and improvement in dermatology through increased emphasis on skin of color education and research. If you missed the event, you can purchase lectures on-demand here.

“Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH is committed and passionate — not only about being the best dermatologist he can be – but also about bringing skin of color education to dermatology,” said Shelley Tanner, CEO and president of SanovaWorks, which produces the JDD and Skin of Color Update. “Through his efforts, the changing landscape of patients can now thrive through treatment and management plans that address their specific needs.”

“Dr. Alexis is the top innovator in the dermatologic and cosmetic treatment of patients with skin of color,” said dermatologist Eliot F. Battle, MD, co-chair of Skin of Color Update along with Dr. Alexis. “His decades of pioneering research in dermatology have led to the development of new procedures and products that address a wide range of dermatologic conditions. He compassionately treats his patients, shares his expertise by presenting throughout the world and gives back through mentoring the next generation of dermatologists and researchers. I am honored to serve alongside this distinguished innovator.”

Dr. Alexis is chair of the department of dermatology and director of the Skin of Color Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, New York. As such, he is actively involved in advancing patient care, research and education pertaining to dermatologic disorders that are prevalent in ethnic skin. He is also professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Alexis received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and his Master of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his dermatology residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in dermatopharmacology at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Alexis has published more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has co-edited two text books on dermatology for skin of color as well as authored 10 book chapters. He is a past president of the New York Dermatological Society and is currently chair of the Scientific Committee of the Skin of Color Society.

The recipient of the Innovations in Skin of Color Dermatology Award, given by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, is nominated and chosen through the recommendation of a panel of senior national thought-leaders in dermatology, a committee of dermatology practitioners and several industry leaders.

The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD), a full-color, peer-reviewed publication indexed with MEDLINE®/PubMed®, was founded by dermatologist Perry Robins, MD. Now in its 18th year, it offers one of the fastest routes to disseminate dermatologic information, and is considered the fastest growing publication in dermatology, presenting original articles, award-winning case reports and timely features pertaining to new methods, techniques and drug therapy that provide readers with peer-reviewed content of the utmost quality. The JDD is overseen by an International Editorial Board of more than 160 renowned experts and reaches more than 30,000 dermatology healthcare practitioners worldwide.

Skin of Color Update 2020 will be held September 12th – 13th at the Sheraton Times Square.

Media Contact:
Allison Sit
[email protected]

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Adam Friedman at ODAC

GW RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY BARRIER TO FUNGAL INFECTION DIAGNOSIS

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In a recent survey, researchers identified the barriers to accurately diagnosing cutaneous fungal infections

August 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (Aug. 8, 2019) —There are several barriers that prevent the consistent use of fungal diagnostic preparations to correctly identify cutaneous fungal infections, according to a survey from a team at the George Washington University (GW). The study is published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

Cutaneous fungal infections account for between 3.5 and 6.5 million dermatologist office visits per year. Despite their frequency, the diverse presentations of fungal infections often lead to misdiagnosis, resulting in additional costs, time, and delays in proper care. Direct microscopy using potassium hydroxide (KOH) or other stains provides an inexpensive method to diagnose fungal infections. However, this requires clinics to have the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certification.

“Because of the extraordinary ability for these fungal infections to mimic other skin diseases, identification based on clinical inspection alone can often lead to misdiagnosis and mismanagement,” said Adam Friedman, MD, professor and interim chair of the Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and senior author on the study. “Little is known regarding the frequency with which dermatologists use these simple, yet diagnosis changing bedside fungal preparations, nor do we know if and what barriers exist preventing accurate diagnosis of infections.”

Friedman’s team previously published research highlighting the difficulty even dermatologists have when distinguishing between skin fungal infections and other inflammatory skin diseases, highlighting the importance of using laboratory-based tools to aid in patient care.

This survey, led by Emily Murphy, a research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was distributed via email to participants of the ODAC Dermatology Aesthetic and Surgical Conference, and the data was compiled in a web-based platform. Of the respondents, around 21% indicated they rarely/never perform fungal preparations and about 20% reported they sometimes do, often because they think clinical diagnosis is adequate or because fungal preparations take too long. Additionally, about 21% of respondents reported not having CLIA certifications, mostly because the process requires too much work or because they do not know how to apply. Of the providers who have CLIA certification, more than 25% reported that it was difficult to obtain.

“Our results indicate the need for increased education about the many clinical faces of cutaneous fungal infections and proper use of bedside diagnostics,” Friedman said. “It also highlights the need for policy-based interventions in order to ease the process of CLIA certification, to ensure that dermatology clinics are equipped to accurately diagnose infections.”

The study, titled “Use of In-Office Preparations by Dermatologists for the Diagnosis of Cutaneous Fungal Infections,” published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology can be found at jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961619P0798X/1/.

Media: For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Ashley Rizzardo at [email protected] or 202-994-8679.

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CME Dermatology at the Skin of Color Update

NEW NAME, NEW DATES FOR LARGEST SKIN OF COLOR EVENT

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NEW NAME, NEW DATES FOR LARGEST SKIN OF COLOR

MEDICAL EDUCATION EVENT

(New York, August, 2019)– The largest medical education event focused on the dermatologic treatment of skin of color has a new name. Skin of Color Update, previously the Skin of Color Seminar Series, provides dermatologists with evidence-based research and practical pearls in treating skin of color, including patients with multiracial backgrounds.

“Just as the treatment of skin of color has evolved, this event has also evolved,” said Skin of Color Update co-chair and founding dermatologist Eliot Battle, MD. “Thanks to audience feedback, nearly all general sessions will have additional time for Q&A, making this year’s event the most interactive yet.”

Skin of Color Update will now be held annually in the fall. The 2019 event will be held September 7 and 8 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York.

Skin of Color Update uses a didactic, case-based approach through lectures, hands-on-training and live demonstrations. Co-founding dermatologist Andrew Alexis, MD, also serves as an event co-chair. Common skin, hair and nail conditions in diverse populations will be covered. In addition, advanced treatment protocols for pigmentary and hair disorders will be shared during mini symposiums.

Sessions will address medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. New sessions include:

  • “Challenging Challenges: Hidradenitis Suppurativa and the Skin of Color Patient” with Ted Rosen, MD
  • “Current Understanding and Novel Innovations in Photoprotection” with Henry Lim, MD
  • “Diagnosis and Management of Vitiligo in Skin of Color Patients: Where Do We Stand?” with Pearl Grimes, MD
  • “Laser and Device-Based Treatment of Scars” with Paul Friedman, MD
  • “Surgical Approaches for Keloids” with Maritza Perez, MD

“It’s vitally important for all dermatologists to know how to provide safe and effective treatment for diverse patients,” Dr. Battle said. “Skin of Color Update gives dermatologists crucial annual updates and pearls that can directly impact patient care.”

In addition to educational sessions, the conference will offer an exhibit hall featuring companies showcasing the latest innovations in dermatology. A poster session will also be available. In 2018, more than 300 dermatology providers attended the event.

Skin of Color Update is a product of SanovaWorks, the publisher of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology(JDD) and the producer of the ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetics & Surgical Conference.

Up to 12 CE credits (AMA PRA Category 1™) can be earned. Registration is available at skinofcolorupdate.com. Space is limited.

Media Contact:

Allison Sit

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