Dermpedia Comprehensive Course on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations, Scottsdale 2011





    April 20-22nd, 2011

    Course Venue:

    Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch . A limited block of rooms at significantly discounted group rate (from $260 per night) available through online registration. This 5 star resort is conveniently located 35 minutes drive time from Phoenix International Airport.

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




    Online registration available on 9/15/2010



    Cynthia Magro, M.D. (New York, USA), 

    Phillip McKee, M.D. (Sedona, AZ), 

    Artur Zembowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)


    Special Guest:

    Richard Scolyer (Sydney Melanoma Unit).


    Invited Speakers:

    Nooshin K. Brinster, M.D. (Richmond, VA)

    Roy King, M.D. (Knoxville, KY)

    J.Peter Kelley, Esq. (Cambridge, MA)

    Nora Laver, M.D. (Boston, MA)

    Stephen R. Lyle, M.D., Ph.D. (Worcester, MA)

    Michael Rabkin, M.D., Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, PA)


    The Course objective is to provide the most comprehensive update on biology, clinical aspects and pathology of melanoma and melanocytic  proliferations to date. The primary target audiences for the Course are practicing dermatopathologists, pathologists and dermatologists utilizing skin biopsy in their practice. The topics and the level of discussion are selected to provide in-depth analysis of the most challenging aspects and pitfalls encountered in everyday interpretation of melanocytic lesions. The course format will be primarily case-based with multiple short focused lectures. During the weekend there will be ample time for disussion and contributions from course attendees.  This is not a board review course, but senior residents in pathology and dermatology and especially dermatopathology fellows are likely to benefit as well.

     Upon completion of the Course, the participants should be better able to:

    Acquire new information about biology of melanoma and melanocytic porliferations and their implication for clinical practice,

    Recognize new diagnostic categories/variants and entities of melanocytic proliferations,

    Avoid common diagnostic pitfalls in diagnosis of melanocytic proliferations,

    Use updated diagnostic terminology and diagnostic classification schemes in their routine practice.

    Lecture Topics:

    1. Categorical classification of borderline melanocytic proliferations

    2. Use of soluble adenylate cyclase (sAC) antibody as a diagnostic adjunct in the evaluation of melanocytic lesions

    3. Lentiginous melancytic proliferations

    4. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanocytic tumors: review of the current and emerging standards

    5. Molecular pathology of melanoma and melanocytic tumors: implications for classification

    6. Nevus/melanocytoma/melanoma: an emerging paradigm of classification of melanocytic proliferations

    7. Childhood melanoma

    8. Dysplastic nevus

    9. Clinical perspective on pigmened lesions

    10. Ocular melanoma

    11. Immunohistochemistry in melanocytic lesions

    12. Nevoid melanoma

    13. Prognositc indicators and reporting of melanoma

    14. Lentiginous melanoma

    15. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in melanoma

    16. Regression in melanoma: recognition and management implications

    17. Strategies to reduce medicolegal risk

    Case Discussions:

    1. normal nevus

    2. reactive melanocytic hyperplasia associated with photoactivation

    3. paracicatricial atypical melanocytic hyperplasia

    4. desmplastic melanoma, pure type

    5. desmplastic melanoma, sarcomatoid

    6. subungual melanoma

    7. subungual melanoma in situ

    8. atypical superficial Spitz nevus

    9. vulvar melanoma

    10. atypical genital nevus

    11. neonatal atypical nevus

    12. inverted type A/clonal nevus

    13. atypical proliferative nodule in a congenital nevus

    14. atypical scalp nevus

    15. atypical ear nevus

    16. atypical neonatal nevus

    17. spitz nevus

    18. atypical spitz nevus

    19. spitzoid melanoma

    20. sclerosing spitz nevus

    21. halo nevus

    22. juvenile conjunctival nevus

    23. primary acquired melanosis with atypia

    24. thin melanoma with regression

    25. deep penetrating nevus

    26. bordeline deep penetrating tumor

    27. atypical cellular blue nevus

    28. malignant blue nevus

    29. plaque-like blue nevus 

    30. pigmented spindle cell nevus (Reed)

    31. epidermotropic metastatic melanoma

    32. de novo intraepithelial melanocytic dysplasia

    33. mitotically active nevus

    34. tumoral melanosis

    35. syringotropic melanoma

    36. halo nevus

    37. pigmented epithelioid melanocytoma

    38. melanoma in situ with regression

    39. recurrent nevus

    40. melanoma arising in compound nevus

    41. melanoma in a re-excision of a moderately atypical nevus

    42. nevoid melanoma

    43. lentigo maligna in a Slow Moh's specimen

    44. basomelanocytic tumors

    45. osteogenic melanoma

    46. non-melanocytic proliferations mimicking melanoma 

    47. more.......

    Submit your own cases for discussion: 

     The course participants will be are encouraged to submit their own cases. Selected cases will be presented by the authors. To submit your case please go to Didactic Session X.

    Daily Agenda:

    Friday, 4/15/2011

    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

    6:30pm-8:30pm        Official Course Dinner with a Special Lecture

    8:30pm-10:00pm      Reception and Meet the Faculty

    Saturday, 4/16/2011

    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, 4/17/2011

    8:00am-10:00am       Didactic session VIII

    10:00am-10:30am     Coffee break

    10:30am-12:30pm     Didactic session IX

    1:00pm-2:00pm         Working lunch with lectures

    2:00pm-4:00pm         Didactic session X


    Tuition: Full tuition is $975 per participant.

    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 educational activity for a maximum of 21 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 will 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 ($1700 ) 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 4/15/2011 before 10:30 am. They can be taken down on Saturday or Sunday in the morning. The exhibitors are responsible for all the costs of set up and transportation.

    In order to apply, please send an email to 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 on 9/15/2010





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


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