Bonus Sessions

Looking for a deeper dive into special topics in dermatology? Dermatology Week On-Demand Bonus Sessions are available to all conference attendees and offer a closer look at administrative topics, pediatric dermatology, teledermatology, and more!


Measurement and Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Mital Patel-Cohen, MD

Since there is no laboratory testing for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), the diagnosis must be made clinically. Management of this chronic disease—which varies based on severity—requires a multimodal approach that typically involves a combination of medical and procedural therapies. This session will focus on the most effective ways to measure and treat HS in order to help patients achieve the best results.


Adherence to Treatment
Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD

Accurately diagnosing a cutaneous condition and devising an appropriate treatment plan are only half the battle. Without adherence, even the best medical advice will be rendered ineffective. This session aims to help clinicians better understand trends in patients’ commitment to certain dermatological therapies so that there can be more realistic expectations. It will also discuss the best ways to promote treatment adherence.


Coding Update
Dirk Elston, MD

Major evaluation and management (E/M) coding guideline revisions and changes went into effect on January 1, 2021. For example, there is now an altered definition of the time element for codes 99202-99215 from typical face-to-face time to the total time spent by the physician on the day of the encounter. Acquire valuable advice about these important coding updates and more in this informative session at the inaugural Dermatology Week.


Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma What Should you Know
Amy Musiek, MD

Mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome, the two most common types of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, are challenging to diagnose from both a clinical and histopathological perspective. Multiple biopsies and sending blood for TCR gamma gene rearrangement in addition to flow cytometry can help confirm the presence of these conditions. This session will provide tips about cutaneous T-cell lymphoma that clinicians should be fully aware of.


Laser Skin Resurfacing
Nazanin Saedi, MD

Non-ablative laser resurfacing is used to treat such cutaneous imperfections as fine lines, photoaging, and acne scars. There are multiple options for clinicians to choose from when it comes to deciding which laser device purchase makes the most sense for their dermatology practice. With the addition of helpful videos, this session will discuss laser skin resurfacing demand, techniques, potential complications, expected outcomes, and more.


Leveraging COVID Toes: Mapping an Exceptional Innate Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Lisa Arkin, MD

Despite thousands of reported patients with so-called COVID toes, low rates of seroconversion and PCR positivity have defied causative linkage to SARS-CoV-2. Yet pernio in uninfected children is associated with monogenic disorders of excessive type 1 interferon immunity, while severe COVID-19 pneumonia can result from insufficient type 1 Interferon. This talk will elucidate tissue-specific host responses from our UW-Madison biorepository of patients with "COVID toes," providing definitive evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and detailing host immune responses. Understanding the pathophysiology of this phenomenon may elucidate host mechanisms that drive a resilient immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and could produce relevant therapeutic targets.


Pediatric Dermatology: Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations
James Treat, MD

Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths of blood vessels that typically form in the first few weeks of life and then grow for the next several months before starting to shrink. Vascular malformations, which are also benign growths of blood vessels, are present at birth and grow slowly throughout life. This session will review both types of birthmarks and the possible complications/treatment options that pediatric dermatologists should know about.


Skin of Color Updates
Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD

People of color continue to be underrepresented in many aspects of life, and dermatology is no exception. Although awareness has been increasing about skin conditions that affect these individuals, there is still much more progress that needs to be made in order to adequately address the knowledge gaps and racial disparities. This session will provide skin of color updates as they relate to the field of dermatology.


Surgical Tips for the General Dermatologist
Robert T. Brodell, MD

While there are several scenarios in which a general dermatologist will refer a patient to a surgeon, there are other instances when a procedure can be performed in-office. Examples include punch biopsies and excisions—both of which are critical for diagnosis. This session will present a variety of surgical tips that can be implemented by the general dermatologist.


Teledermatology/Teleconsultation in 2021: Benefits and Barriers
Robert Stavert, MD, MBA, FAAD

Even prior to the pandemic, there has been significant growth in teledermatology over the past decade, allowing patients to have increased access to high-quality care that is also cost-effective. Ongoing expansions in reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to support the use of telemedicine. This session will discuss the latest advantages and challenges of teleconsultation in dermatology.