Get hands-on with popular returning sessions

Dermatologists appreciate hands-on training when it comes to honing or learning new skills, which is why some of the most popular interactive sessions will be returning to the 2018 AAD Summer Meeting. The first is “Hands-on: Scar Revision and Wound Repair” (W001), which will take place on Saturday, July 28, from 9-12 p.m. (CT).

This session will be geared toward dermatologic surgery fellows in-training and dermatologists with advanced surgical experience. Key elements of scar assessment, optimal design and execution of surgical revision for free margin distortion, webbing, contracture, and hypertrophic scars will all be reviewed in didactic format. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to perform a z-plasty and geometric broken line closure, repair ectropion, and restore the melolabial fold by practicing on cadaveric arms and heads.

Another returning session is “Hands-on: Nail Surgery” (W002), which will take place on Saturday, July 28, from 1-4 p.m. (CT). This workshop will be geared toward all levels of nail surgeons, from beginners to intermediate to advanced level. In a small group, hands-on setting, attendees will be instructed on how to avulse the nail in several fashions (partial and complete), perform multiple different nail procedures (including punch, shave, and longitudinal techniques), and for those with advanced skills, treat nail melanoma with en bloc excision of all nail tissues. Frozen cadaveric hands will be available to allow for realistic hands-on practice.

Last but not least, the “Hands-on: Practical Anatomy for Safe Filler Injections” (W003) will be returning on Sunday, July 29, from 9-12 p.m. (CT). This workshop will be for any beginner or intermediate level injectors who will participate in small group, hands-on practice with cutaneous procedural head models with translucent, simulated skin. Anatomy — as it relates to injectables — will be emphasized, and approaches to patient assessment, treatment planning, filler selection, and cannula versus needle use will be covered. By the end, attendees should be able to use proper pan facial soft tissue augmentation techniques, and implement peri-procedural assessment strategies for avoidance and management of complications.

In addition to perfecting procedural skills, the meeting will be offering several “Patient Encounter” hands-on workshops to help attendees with their patient communication skills. These include “The Difficult Patient,” “Total Body Skin Exam,” “Medication Management,” “Breaking Bad News,” and “Giving Feedback.”

For more information on the other sessions that will be offered at the Summer Meeting, visit the online searchable program.