Conference Coverage

AAD 2018: Navigating the meeting


 

Dermatology News editorial advisor Adam Friedman, MD, provides his recommendations for navigating the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting at the San Diego Convention Center Feb. 16-20.

We’ve all seen the “What’s new in the tool shed/box/bucket/* insert noun here*” articles, lecture, videos ... that’s not what I am talking about. Get out of your comfort zone and check out the latest on the diagnosis and treatment of genital skin disorders in session S052 on Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Get a taste for “Oral Diseases” with session F017 on Friday, Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. And who wouldn’t benefit from beefing up on granulomatous diseases with session F092 on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.? That was a rhetorical question.

Yes, be basic

Dr. Adam Friedman director of the residency program, director of translational research, and director of the supportive oncodermatology clinic in the department of dermatology, George Washington University, Washington.

Dr. Adam Friedman

One of the many elements I love about dermatology is our constant drive to translate the exponentially increasing bench to the complex medical bedside. This is why we are so good at using drugs off label – if you know how things work, you can make it work. Build your bench expertise with great updates from the legendary Stephen Katz, MD, PhD, in session D003 on Monday morning, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feel the burn from “Hot Topics in Translational Dermatology” in session U061 on Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lastly, follow the translational road with a bench to bedside tale on immunomodulators ranging from biologics to small molecules inhibitors to cannabinoids in session F003 on Friday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Full disclosure – I am directing this session, so am I biased? Yes. Does this have any bearing on the fact that this session will melt your mind? No.

Oldies but goodies

I may get older but the quality of some sessions stays the same. Nicholas Soter, MD, has been lecturing on urticaria since before I can remember – make sure to check this legend out in session U081 on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Joseph Jorrizo, MD, “Captain Complex Med Derm” himself, is directing the session on referral dermatology (F007) on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Yes, I know it conflicts with my session – see, no bias!). Last but not least, the ever so popular “Hot Topics” session (S048) on Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Led by former AAD Vice President Kenneth Tomecki, MD, this session covers the gamut of what’s “so hot right now” in dermatology. Not to be missed.

Dr. Friedman is director of the residency program, director of translational research, and director of the supportive oncodermatology clinic in the department of dermatology, George Washington University, Washington.

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