The dermMentors™ Resident of Distinction Award™ was presented to 5 dermatology residents at the 19th Annual Caribbean Dermatology Symposium, January 21–25, 2020, in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Recipients of the award include Rachel Giesey, DO, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; Janice Tiao, MD, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Jordan V. Wang, MD, MBE, MBA, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jacqueline D. Watchmaker, MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts; and Jennifer E. Yeh, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The residents presented their research during the general sessions on January 25, 2020.
The overall grand prize was awarded to Dr. Yeh for her research entitled, “Topical Imiquimod in Combination With Brachytherapy for Unresectable Cutaneous Melanoma Metastases.” Dr. Yeh presented the utility of combining topical imiquimod with brachytherapy for locoregional control of cutaneous metastases through the presentation of 3 patients with scalp melanoma initially treated with wide local excision who developed numerous cutaneous metastases. “While surgical excision is the first-line treatment of single, discrete cutaneous metastases, it may not be practical in patients with multiple foci of disease distributed over large areas, as seen in the 3 patients presented here who achieved complete resolution of their cutaneous metastatic burden with concurrent topical imiquimod and brachytherapy,” Dr. Yeh reported.
Presentations by the other residents included a study of the burden of common skin diseases in the Caribbean and the potential correlation with a country’s socioeconomic status (Dr. Giesey), a study of the use of doxycycline in patients with lichen planopilaris and frontal fibrosing alopecia (Dr. Tiao), a discussion of counterfeit medical devices and injectables as well as medical spas in dermatology (Dr. Wang), and a study of the most common reasons patients are dissatisfied with minimally and noninvasive cosmetic procedures (Dr. Watchmaker). Access all of the abstracts presented by the top residents here.
The dermMentors™ Resident of Distinction Award™ recognizes top residents in dermatology. DermMentors.org and the dermMentors™ Resident of Distinction Award™ are sponsored by Beiersdorf Inc and administered by DermEd, Inc. The 2020 dermMentors™ Residents of Distinction™ presented new scientific research during the general sessions of the 19th Annual Caribbean Dermatology Symposium on January 25, 2020.