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Therapeutic Updates in Melanoma

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ODAC Dermatology Conference, in partnership with Next Steps in Derm, interviewed Dr. David Miller, Instructor in Dermatology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School and member of the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is co-director of the Merkel cell carcinoma treatment program. Watch as he shares important updates on Immuno-Oncology (IO) strategies for melanoma.

COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Team Members

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th

Time: 8:00 – 8:45 PM

Join colleagues and thought leaders as we examine the emotional and logistical impact of COVID-19 on team members. Panelists will discuss job loss, mental wellbeing, team member’s top concerns and communication surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic.
Experts will discuss ways to offset anxiety and depression, steps to take care of your emotional well-being and logistical challenges such as homeschooling and balancing the ever-changing priorities during this crisis. There will also be discussion surrounding manager communication strategies, what works, what does not work, and ways employers can calm team’s fears during the pandemic.
Brandon Thompson

Brandon Thompson

Co-Founder of BNB Aesthetic Innovations

Aaron Burton

Aaron Burton

CEO, Sciton

John Connors

John Connors

CEO & President, Jan Marini Skin Research

Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD

Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD

Board Certified Dermatologist & Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Yardley Dermatology Associates

Jenna Mons Anderson

Jenna Mons Anderson

CEO, AccessElite

Mark Wilkins

Mark Wilkins

Executive Vice President and U.S. General Manager - Prollenium Medical Technologies

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Due to technical limitations, this webinar will be open for the first 1000 participants that join the webinar. If you miss the webinar, it will be archived for on demand viewing on by the end of the week.
If you missed previous installments of our COVID-19 webinar series, you can watch them here:

COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices

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DATE: Wednesday, May 13th

TIME: 7:00 – 7:45 PM EST

Join your dermatology colleagues and thought leaders as we examine the hidden impact of COVID-19 on dermatologists and providers, including new and small private practices, emotional wellbeing and the evolving priorities placed on providers during the global coronavirus pandemic. Panelists will discuss their first-hand, personal experience living with COVID-19 and ways it has impacted their physical and emotional health, practice and personal life.
Discussion and guidance will be given on simple steps you can take in the wellness sphere, crisis management and return to practice concepts for both large and small dermatology practices.
Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD (Board Certified Dermatologist & Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Yardley Dermatology Associates)
Evan Rieder, MD (Board Certified Dermatologist & Psychiatrist, NYU Langone Health)
Paul Jarrod Frank, MD (Chief Medical Officer & Founder, PFRANKMD)
Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD (Founder, Entière Dermatology)

Melasma: Treatment Pearls from the Expert

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Next Steps in Derm, in partnership with ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic and Surgical Conference, interviewed Dr. Vic Ross, Director of the Scripps Clinic Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology Center in San Diego, CA, on his approach and the various interventions he uses for the treatment of Melasma. Watch as he shares fresh practical pearls immediately useful in your practice.

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Full-Field Ablative Resurfacing: Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?

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According to ODAC Vice-Chair Dr. Joel Cohen, Director of AboutSkin Dermatology (Greenwood Village and Lone Tree, Colorado),  and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California at Irvine, the pendulum is swinging back to heavy resurfacing in areas such as around the mouth and around the eyes that really need it. He uses full-field erbium resurfacing and shares why this is the way to go.

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COVID-19: How to Support Your Dermatologist (NP or PAs)

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Date: April 23, 2020

Time 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners invite you to attend this webinar panel to examine how nurse practitioners and physician assistants can support their employing dermatologist during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Over the course of the 1.5 hours, panelists will join together to provide discussion, guidance and practical steps for supporting your dermatologist and the practice. In addition, panelists will answer the most pressing questions that are on the minds of practitioners impacted by COVID-19.


This panel discussion is part of a webinar series designed to assist NP and PA employed by dermatologists during COVID-19. The previous recordings can be found here.


Managing Member, CEO and Clinical Director: DistinctlyDerm, New Mexico Specialty Medical Services, LLC, Florida Specialty Medical Services, LLC, Dermatology Division and Dermstaffing
Managing member and Co-CEO: CoreMedSource

President, National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners
Board Director, American College of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners
Ken Greenwood, BSE
Kevin Harrington, APRN, FNP-C
Maria Ann Kolarsick, DNP APN FNP-BC DCNP
Marisa McGeorge, NP-C, CANS
Becky Naughton, MSN, FNP-C, WCC

Hydroxychloroquine, Pentoxifylline, and Colchicine: Off-Label is ON in Dermatology

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So many diseases, so few FDA approved indications. Between the mind-numbing time and cost from bench to bottle, it is no surprise that dermatologists, as masters of the integument are the off-label bandits, marrying their wealth of knowledge on the pathophysiology of skin diseases to the mechanisms by which medications work to create an evidenced-based armament of therapies for both common and rare diseases alike. Where a primary care physician sees a blood pressure medication, a dermatologist sees an effective medication for acne. A medication for malaria you say? They use it for a plethora of complex diseases ranging from Lupus to scarring hair loss. The lengthy list of medications used off-label in dermatology continues to grow and for good reason and fortune.

Next Steps in Derm, in partnership with ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic and Surgical Conference interviewed Dr. Adam Friedman, Professor, Interim Chair of Dermatology, and Residency Program Director at George Washington University, who shared off-label uses of drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine (currently under investigation for the treatment of patients with COVID-19), Pentoxifylline, and Colchicine. A wealth of clinical pearls you don’t want to miss!

Additional video pearls can be found here.

Webinar Series Held to Assist Dermatology Practitioners During COVID-19

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Click here to view the on-demand recordings.


On April, 1, 2020, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) and SanovaWorks brands, including ODAC launched Part I of the webinar series: COVID-19: Urgent Dermatology and Aesthetic Issues for Dermatology.

Over the course of the 2 hours, Joel L. Cohen, MD and 6 different thought leaders joined the COVID-19 conversation, discussing the pressing questions that are on the minds of many dermatologists and providers in the country. The initial broadcast attracted 1,900 registrants and nearly 800 attendees comprised of physicians, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Attendees were interested and engaged throughout the entire 2 hours with a 76% average attentiveness and 72% average interest rating.

The on-demand broadcast has attracted over 500 registrants as of April 9th and is available on

On April 7, 2020, Part II of the webinar series was broadcasted: COVID-19: Your Questions Answered. Dermatology experts and thought leaders examined the legal and financial concerns of dermatology providers during the global coronavirus pandemic. Experts discussed furlough vs. layoffs; mortgage and rent relief programs; the CARES Act; the pros and cons of leveraging NPs or PAs for teledermatology and more. Then, hear questions answered by our panel of experts; discussed practical tips you can use in your practice right now; and how to move forward with patient care. Part II attracted 1,300 registrants with nearly 700 attendees. Attendees were engaged and interested throughout with an 82% attentiveness average and 75+% interest rating.

The on-demand broadcast of Part II will be available on April 11, 2020 on

Is COVID-19 an Indication to Temporarily Modify Dermatological Management Plans?

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Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

While the world lives under the shadow of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, dermatologists wonder if the current situation calls for a temporary change in the management of skin conditions.

Immunosuppressive drugs are used ubiquitously in the modern treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune skin diseases like psoriasis, bullous diseases, connective tissue diseases, and many others. Treatment of these conditions is based on the suppression of the patient’s immune system using steroids, steroid-sparing drugs, and biological agents.1

While the effects of the novel coronavirus on the body and its immune system are still being studied, there is overwhelming evidence that the virus could directly or indirectly affect the immune system. In one study, lymphocytopenia was reported in 83.2% of the admitted patients and might be associated with a worse prognosis.2In another study, a steady decline in the lymphocyte counts was recorded in a group of patients who did not survive the infection.3

While the coexisting comorbid medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease) are considered as independent predictors of an adverse outcome of the novel coronavirus infection,4 it could be assumed that the chronic inflammatory and autoimmune skin diseases like psoriasis by themselves might imply an additional risk factor of developing more serious symptoms of the novel virus due to their chronicity and effects on the immune system.5

The use of immunosuppressive to treat these conditions can amplify this effect, and it might leave the patient vulnerable to more serious complications should an infection with the novel coronavirus be established. Hence, it may be wise to restrict temporarily the use of immunosuppressive agents including systemic steroids, steroid-sparing agents, and biologics in dermatology daily practice until more evidence is available about their safety in the current pandemic.6As a relates point, the International Psoriasis Council declared an urgent statement on March 11, 2020 that the physician should be alert to the potentially harmful effects of COVID-19 infection on patients with psoriasis and to immediately discontinue or postpone immunosuppressant medications for psoriasis patients diagnosed with COVID-19 disease.7