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An Update in Educational Opportunities for 2020

An Update in Educational Opportunities for 2020

Dermatology continues to move forward during the pandemic, finding creative ways to connect with colleagues and pick up new pearls through digital methods. The American Academy of Dermatology hosted the Virtual Meeting Experience 2020, bringing the specialty's largest annual conference online to learn what’s new in aesthetics and hair loss through the therapeutic hotline, hear how Janus kinase inhibitors may be a key to treatment in sarcoidosis and granuloma annulare, and watch in-depth coverage of hidradenitis suppurativa from a number of experts. In addition, attendees had an opportunity to browse more than 900 ePosters of research in categories such as acne, basic science, immunodermatology and blistering disorders, and epidemiology and health services administration.

Many other conferences and meetings are moving to a virtual format for the rest of the year. As meetings are rescheduled, planned, or pushed online, The Dermatologist will share that information across its social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).

Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education (SCALE)
Friday, July 24, to Sunday, July 26

Now in its 15th year, SCALE is bringing its comprehensive aesthetic and medical dermatology education directly to your home. Virtual sessions include “Lasers and EBDs for Medical Conditions” by George J. Hruza, MD, MBA; “The Cosmetic Challenges and Therapeutic Considerations for Dyschromias” by Cheryl Burgess, MD; and “Injection of a Novel Adipose Matrix” by Michael H. Gold, MD.

Midwest Dermatology Conference Virtual Experience
August 20, 2020 to February 28, 2021

Featuring 18 Category I AAPA CME credits from on-demand material and live Q&A, the Midwest Dermatology Conference Virtual Experience features renowned faculty such as Ted Rosen, MD; Neill Peters, MD; Melissa Knuckles, MD; John Koo, MD; Jeffrey Hsu, MD; and Pearl Kwong, MD. Learn in-depth about dermoscopy in a two-part series, venture into the mind of psychodermatology, have fun with Spitz and Giggles, and learn how to be strategic and come out on top during the pandemic. Attendees can visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall and the Product Theaters to learn more about current and future products for a traditional meeting experience.

San Diego Dermatology Symposium 2020 (SDDS)
Friday, September 11, to Sunday, September 13
InterContinental San Diego, San Diego, CA

This inaugural meeting was founded by Jashin Wu, MD, to offer clinical knowledge in an engaging format along with personal finance and business topics rarely touched in other dermatology conferences. SDDS sessions include “Financial Tips for the Dermatology Practice” by Dr Wu (which will include stock investing) and “How to Build a Cosmetic Dermatology Practice” by Ron Moy, MD. Live streaming is an added feature, so attendees have the option to participate in person or virtually.

Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) 18th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference
Friday, October 29, to Sunday, November 1
InterContinental Miami Hotel, Miami, FL

The SDPA’s long-running fall conference provides high-quality education on new and innovative medications, devices, and techniques and exhibit and networking events with industry and professional peers. Sessions include “Foundations of In-Office Procedures” with Joslyn Kirby, MD; “Discussion on the PA Profession” with Kasey Drapeau D’Amato, MPAS, PA-C, and Jason Roddick, MBA, MS, MSPAS, PA-C; and “Physical Signs of Drug Abuse“ by Rebecca Vasquez, MD.

Note: this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you attend a great conference or meeting and want to share it with your peers, please send your recommendation to

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