2012 Course: Melanoma Update, Critical & Urgent Diagnoses and Alopecia

    Event Date: 
    Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:00 - Sun, 04/22/2012 - 16:00


    April 20-22nd, 2012

    Course Venue:

    Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. A limited block of rooms at significantly discounted group rate (from $279 per night) available through online registration. This 5 star resort is conveniently located 35 minutes drive time from Phoenix International Airport and 4 hours from Grand Canyon.

    For more information, please call 1-888-421-1442 or send an email at info@dermpedia.org

    Online registration available soon


    • Raymond L. Barnhill, M.D. (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Nooshin K. Brinster, M.D. (Richmond, VA)
    • Pedram Gerami, M.D. (Chicago, IL)
    • Allen M. Gown, M.D. (Seattle, WA)
    • Michael D. Ioffreda, M.D. (Hershey, PA)
    • Stephen R. Lyle, M.D., Ph.D. (Worcester, MA)
    • Cynthia Magro, M.D. (New York, NY),  
    • Samuel L. Moschella, M.D. (Burlington, MA)
    • Michael Rabkin, M.D., Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Artur Zembowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)


    Course Objectives: 

    The objective of Dermpedia Courses is to provide the most comprehensive in-depth updates on selected topics pertinent to everyday practice of skin pathology and dermatology.  

    This year’s Course will provide a brief Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations which will focus on new molecular technologies and markers likely to revolutionize diagnostic practice and key differential diagnoses important to routine practice of dermatopathology. 

    The major part of the Course will be devoted to review of Critical and Urgent Diagnoses (Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting). This module will review medical entities where skin biopsy plays a significant role with primary objective to review salient features enabling accurate diagnosis. This module will focus on entities and problems likely to be encountered by general pathologists and dermatopathologists practicing in a hospital setting.

    Finally, we will present the most Comprehensive Course on Alopecia ever attempted. The objective of the Alopecia module will be to discuss all critical differential diagnoses involving alopecia. This module may also be of interest to dermatopathologists taking care of alopecia patients.The primary target audiences for the Course are practicing dermatopathologists, pathologists and dermatologists utilizing skin biopsy in their practice.

    Participants will be encouraged to submit their own cases for discussion on Dermpedia website.



    1- Mini Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations:

    • Molecular pathology of melanoma and melanocytic tumors: implications for classification, reporting and mangement of melanoma
    • FISH in melanoma: principles and state of the art
    • FISH in melanoma: future directions
    • Lessons from FISH: discussion of cases illustring aplication of FISH in routine dermatopathology practice
    • Soluble Adenylate Cyclase Antibody as a diagnostic adjunct in the evaluation of melanocytic lesions
    • Childhood melanoma and difficult melanocytic lesions in children. 
    • Normal nevus, Dysplastic nevus,  Clark's nevus, lentiginous nevus, jentigo, dysplastic nevus syndrome, Grading dysplastic nevi
    • Reactive melanocytic atypia: photoactivation, regression, scar, trauma, recurrent nevus phenomenon. Evaluation of margins in lentigo melanoma
    • Atypical neonatal nevus
    • Spitz nevus
    • Balloon cell melanoma
    • Atypical genital nevus and atypical nevi of special site
    • Neurotropic and angiotropic melanoma
    • Syringotropic and follicular melanoma
    • Nevoid melanoma
    • Lentiginous melanoma
    • De novo intraepithelial melanocytic dysplasia

    2- Critical and Urgent Diagnoses (Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting)

    a/ Dermatopathology of a Cancer Patient

    • Immunohistochemistry in diagnosis of cutaneous metastasis of unknow primary: Update on new antibodies and special techniques of interest in dermatopathology
    • Paraneoplastic syndromes
    • Sweet's syndrome
    • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
    • Post-radiation dermatitis
    • Eruption of lymphocyte recovery
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Glucagonoma syndrome
    • Zn insufficiency
    • Post-radiation angiosarcoma: differentiation from post-radiations reactive vascular proliferations

    b/ Vasculitis and Related Conditions

    • Thrombotic vasculopathy
    • Warfarin necrosis
    • Subcutaneous thrombotic vasculopathy
    • Calciphylaxis
    • Giant cell arteritis
    • Erythema elevatum diutinum
    • EED-like fungal reaction
    • Collagenous vasculopathy
    • Scurvy
    • Thrombangiitis obliterans
    • Degos disease
    • Vasculitis: overview
    • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
    • Urticarial vasculitis
    • Pustular vasculitis
    • Granulomatous vasculitis
    • ANCA-associated vasculitis
    • Polyarteritis nodosa
    • Lymphocytic vasculitis and perniosis

    c/ Dermatopathology of Serious Medical Conditions and Infections

    • Infectious diseases
    • Connective tissue disease
    • Nephrogenic systemic sclerosis
    • Granulomatous reaction to hyaluronic acid
    • Interstitial granulomas
    • Metastatic cutaneous Crohn's disease

    d/ Drug Eruptions

    • Urticaria
    • Lymphomatoid drug eruptions
    • Cutaneous reaction to immunobiologics and new chemotherapeutic drugs
    • Erythema multiforme
    • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • Phototoxic reaction
    • Photallergic reaction
    • Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis

    e/ Diagnostic Pitfalls: Critical Diagnoses Missed or Almost Missed 

    • Subungual epidermoid  inclusions mimicking squamous cell carcinoma
    • Relapsing polychondritis
    • Subcutaneous granuloma annulare
    • Leishmaniasis
    • Post-radiation angiosarcoma
    • Borderline leprosy
    • Vancomycin-induced linear IgA disease
    • Urticarial pigmentosa
    • Aberrant presenations of T cell dyscrasias
    • Other....

    3- Comprehensive Course on Alopecia

    • Introduction to alopecia: biology of hair follicle
    • Alopecia from the clinical perspective: what clinicians want (can get) from a pathologist
    • Alopecia in horizontal sections
    • Androgenetic alopecia
    • Telogen effluvium
    • Alopecia areata
    • Scarring alopecia
    • Follicular degeneration syndrome/Central Centrifugal Scarring Alopecia
    • Traumatic alopecia
    • Lichen planopilaris
    • Frontal fibrosing alopecia
    • Discoid lupus erythematosus
    • Pseudopalade of Broque
    • Acne keloidalis nuchae
    • Dissecting folliculitis
    • Folliculitis decalvans
    • Psoriatic alopecia
    • Psoriatic alopecia/alopecia areata like reaction to TNF inhibitor
    • Follicular syphilis
    • Eosinophilic folliculitis
    • Rosacea
    • Follicular mycosis fungoides
    • Follicular mucinosis
    • Ectopic hamartomatous meningioma
    • Nevus sebaceous
    • Aplasia cutis
    • Algorythmic approach to diagnosis of alopecia


    Friday, 4/20/2012

    • • 7:00am-8:00pm        Registration
    • • 8:00am-10:00am      Didactic session I
    • • 10:00am-10:30am    Coffee break
    • • 10:30am-12:30pm    Didactic session II
    • • 12:30pm-2:00pm      Lunch break (on your own)
    • • 2:00pm-4:00pm        Didactic session III
    • • 4:00pm-4:30pm        Coffee break
    • • 4:30pm-6:30pm        Didactic session IV
    • • 7:00pm-9:00pm        Official Course Dinner with a Special Lecture
    • • 9:00pm-10:00pm      Reception and Meet the Faculty

    Saturday, 4/21/2012

    • • 12:30pm-2:30pm       Didactic session V
    • • 2:30pm-3:00pm         Coffee break
    • • 3:00pm-5:00pm         Didactic session VI
    • • 5:00pm-5:30pm         Coffee break
    • • 5:30pm-7:00pm         Didactic session VII

    Sunday, 4/22/2012

    • • 8:00am-10:00am      Didactic session VIII
    • • 10:00am-10:30am    Coffee break
    • • 10:30am-12:30pm    Didactic session IX
    • • 12:30pm-1:00pm      Break to set up lunch 
    • • 1:00pm-2:00pm        Working lunch with presentations and discussion
    • • 2:00pm-4:00pm        Didactic session X



    Physician Attendee Entire 3-Day Course including Alopecia Course: $975.

    Physician Attendee Alopecia Course ONLY: $450.

    Physician in Training Entire 3-Day Course including Alopecia Course: $595.

    Physician in Training Alopecia Course ONLY: $250.



    Physicians in Training Discount: We set aside a limited number of significantly discounted) admissions for physicians in training (residents and fellows). These admissions will be sold on the first-come, first-served basis.   In order to qualify for the discounted fee of $595 you need to present a proof of being in training at the registration

    To receive the discount you have to register as "physician in training" and enter "physician in training" code during registration.

    Refund/cancellation policy

    A refund will be issued if requested on or before Wednesday, March 24th. Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $50.00 registration processing fee. Substitutions are always welcome. Refunds will not be issued after the specified date. All refunds must be requested in writing. 

    CME Credits:

    This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of dermatopathologists, pathologists, dermatologists and other health care professionals who incorporate dermatopathology consultations or procedures in their practice. 

    The program was approved by Community Medical Centers, Fresno, CA. Community Medical Centers is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Community Medical Centers takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 

    Community Medical Centers designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education. Support given by educational funding from Dermatopathology Consultations LLC..

    Faculty disclosures are pending and any relevant disclosures will be listed.

    American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs):

    Community Medical Centers has been approved by the American Board of Pathology to provide Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs). SAMs are a specific form of Category 1 CME required by the ABP as part of its Maintenance of Certification Program. A self-assessment post-test -- with defined acceptable performance and  performance and timely feedback will be available and is required to obtain SAMs credit. At least 10 SAMs will be awarded.


    To preserve the ambience of the Course only a limited number of exhibitors will be allowed to present their services or products at the Course. Each exhibiting company will be provided with one 6 feet x 30 inches (or 16 inches if requested) table and free power outlet. The tables may be located in the breakout/coffee room allowing ample opportunity to interact with the participants and faculty. The room is located between the lecture room and the open patio and will be the social center of the Course. 

    The exhibitor's fee ($1600 ) includes registration, participation in an official Course dinner and coffee breaks for 2 representatives. The exhibitors are eligible for all the resort discounts available to the students. The exhibitors will be asked to set up their displays on Friday 4/20/2012 from 7:00 am to 10:30 am. They can be taken down Sunday by 4pm. The exhibitors are responsible for all the costs of set up and transportation. The floor hours are Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    In order to apply, please send an email to dermpediacourse@dermpedia.org and specify:

    1. Company Name
    2. Company Address
    3. Brief Description of the Products/Services
    4. Contact Person (Name, Address, email, telephone, fax)
    5. Number of Representatives

    Hyatt Regency Sottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

    Optional Activities at the Venue:

    Golf Outing

    Welcome to a golfer's paradise in the Valley of the Sun, where 27 holes of championship golf grace the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. The renowned and private Gainey Ranch Golf Club is exclusively available only to members and Hyatt guests. Surrounded by incredible scenery, under beautiful blue skies, Gainey Ranch offers a year-round exciting challenge for golfers of any skill level.  Each of the three distinct nine-hole courses of our Scottsdale golf resort, designed by Benz and Poellot, offers a different experience for players. The Lakes features varied terrain in a garden-like setting and plays around a variety of water features. Dunes is set along dramatic terrain, reminiscent of Scottish Courses. Arroyo, the longest and most open course, features a meandering desert wash that provides a natural hazard throughout the nine. On a daily basis, two nines are linked together to build a different 18-hole experience, which has been rated one of the top 75 golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest and one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine,The Dermpedia Practical Dermatopathology Update Golf Outing includes all Green and Cart fees.  Prizes for Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive.  Tee times will be arranged by the course beginning at 8 AM.  Join your colleagues for a round of golf at one of the most spectacular courses in America.

    Taliesin West Tour

    Frank Lloyd Wright, recognized as the 20th century's greatest architect, literally created Taliesen West "out of the desert."  Wright and his apprentices gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build this desert masterpiece. Taliesin West showcases Wright's brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.Visit Wright's private office, the Cabaret Cinema, Music Pavilion, Seminar Theater and Mr. and Mrs. WRight's recently renovated personal living space which are all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged sonoran desert and Valley below.  Knowledgeable guides explain how the architecture relates to the natural desert and provide an overview of Wright's basic theories of design.  In addition, guests will visit the dramatic Living Room and sit in Wright-designed furniture.  Your guide will also provide an inspiring overview of Wright's design theories, the history of the site, and the interesting activities of the Taliesin Fellowship Community.  Finally, refreshments will be served in the colorful Taliesin Fellowship dining room with added in-depth commentary.

    Saddle Up

    Whether you're a drugstore cowboy or a city slicker, it's time to saddle up.  And we've got the horse for you!  Relax as our professional guides take you on the most scenic horseback riding trails in Arizona.  Enjoy the breathtaking sites as you wander by flowering cactus, rugged mountains, and abundant plant and animal life during your ride.  This scenic trail ride meanders through the lush Sonoran Desert, and gradually climbs to grassy mesas with soaring cottonwoods, sandy washes, and spectacular views.  A true Southwestern experience.  Includes round trip transportation via deluxe vehicles, professional wrangler guides and a one and one half hour trail ride.

    Online registration available soon

    For more information about the Hyatt please call 1-888-421-1442 or send an email at  .

    Sessions for this Event

    Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations:


    • Friday 20: 8:00am-10:00am    Didactic session I: FISH in melanoma: State of the art, lessons learned and future directions
    • Friday 20: 10:30am-12:30pm  Didactic session II: Borderline lesions and everyday problems in reporting melancytic proliferations.
    • Friday 20: 2:00pm-4:00pm      Didactic session III: Variants of melanoma and melanocytic nevi: diagnostic pitfalls



    Critical and Urgent Diagnosis (Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting)


    • Friday 20: 4:30pm-6:30pm        Didactic session IV: Dermatopathology of a cancer patient
    • Saturday 21: 12:30pm-2:30pm       Didactic session V: Vasculitis, thrombotic vasculopathy and related diseases
    • Saturday 21: 3:00pm-5:00pm         Didactic session VI: Dermatopathology as an aid in diagnosis of medical conditions: must known diagnoses for general pathologist 
    • Saturday 21: 5:30pm-7:00pm         Didactic session VII: Drug eruptions
    • Sunday 22: 8:00am-10:00am      Didactic session VIII: Case vignettes: Cases missed or easy to miss


    Comprehensive Course on Alopecia:


    • Sunday 22: 10:30am-12:30pm    Didactic session IX
    • Sunday 22: 1:00pm-2:00pm        Working lunch with presentations and discussion
    • Sunday 22: 2:00pm-4:00pm        Didactic session X


    Dermpedia Comprehensive Course on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations, Scottsdale 2011: Cases and Photo Gallery

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