Gaining hand-on expertise

Hands-on sessions are back! These popular, interactive workshops allow attendees to engage in individual or small group activities that focus on key facets of dermatologic care. Several new and returning sessions at the 2019 AAD Annual Meeting will give dermatologists just that opportunity.

Here’s a description of some of these popular sessions:

Hands-on: The Patient Encounter: Giving Feedback” (WSP004) is a new session that will include a one-on-one simulated workplace scenario with an actor to practice giving professional feedback to a subordinate colleague.The session is designed to gain hands-on practice with giving feedback and then to provide the attendee with feedback on his or her communication skills.

Hands-on: The Patient Encounter: Medication Management” (WSP005) will include a one-on-one simulated clinical encounter with an actor patient. In this session, the attendee practices counseling a standardized patient on medication management. It is designed to provide hands-on practice with patient counseling and education, and then to give the attendee feedback on his or her counseling and communication skills.

Similarly, the session, “Hands-on: The Patient Encounter: Total Body Skin Exam” (WSP006), will include a one-on-one simulated clinical encounter with an actor patient in which the attendee will perform a full body skin exam. The session offers hands-on practice with performing a routine office exam and then provides the attendee with feedback on his or her bedside manner and physical exam skills. This includes an assessment of gowning/draping and counseling skills.

Dermatologists have the opportunity for hands-on practice in treating a difficult patient. The session, “Hands-on: The Patient Encounter: The Difficult Patient” (WSP007), provides attendees with a guide to facing a patient who presents to the clinic with many demands and requests. The session offers practice with agenda setting and feedback on communication skills.

The new session, “Hands-on: The Patient Encounter: Transgender Patient” (WSP008), is a workshop designed to increase competency in the care of transgender patients. Practicing dermatologists and residents in training represent the target audience for this workshop. In particular, this workshop will be an exercise in acknowledgement of the importance of gender concordance when treating transgender patients and awareness of their unique concerns. This session will focus on proficiency in assessing the skin concerns of a patient who is transitioning from female to male.

Finally, the session “Hands-on: Innovative Suture Techniques Update” (W005), combines an extensive lecture/video presentation with hands-on instruction and practice sessions. Specifically, attendees will learn how to perform novel closure techniques. The session includes a drawing and high quality video of techniques that allow you to close wounds using minimal tension and therefore improve cosmetics. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice the techniques with an expert faculty.