Spacious venues tend to be chosen for dermatology conferences, which are invariably well attended.
A four day national, clinical dermatology conference is about to take place in the US. Not so different from other conferences across the globe, in a country with mixed European and more diverse heritage.
200 specialists in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology will present on key conditions, along with the latest advances in their management.
You might expect most topics to be obscure but they are closely related to patient needs and real world dermatology. Focusing on the support people require and on providing this in the best possible way.
The Conference Core
The latest therapies will play a part, although a list of learning opportunities chosen by the conference directors are quite recognisable:
- Discussing the treatment of psoriasis and related disorders, with evolving therapies.
- Recognizing various therapies available for acne and their role in clinical practice.
- Looking closely at the role of therapies for eczema and their use in clinical practice.
- Investigating and describing modalities for diagnosing and managing skin cancer.
Presentations of recent research will be welcomed. This again could include data on treatments which may be coming soon but more time will be given to data and views on treatments which have existed for a while.
An “Ask the Experts” session has a similar focus, with delegates asked to bring their toughest questions on psoriasis, eczema, acne, and rosacea.
Aspects Of Support
Along with accurate diagnosis, the direct treatment patients receive is an important factor. To truly serve patients, they still need to take place in an environment which is well managed and where staff feel valued.
Conference seminars are available on professional development, industry relations, mentoring for leadership and reception skills.
They are areas where managing dermatologists try to perform well but time with patients can feel more important. An understandable view, yet patients and staff benefit from a medical practice where both feel they belong.
Time Well Spent
The next time you try to get an appointment with your favourite dermatologist and are told they are at a conference, they may be there to help.
Conference time can have a varied reputation, images of the local golf course, or a luxury jacuzzi might flash into mind. Chances are your dermatologist is discovering better ways to treat you, which they also enjoy.
Supporting patients on medical dermatology and bringing good outcomes is a pleasure, all the more so if the best possible treatment has been used.