2012 Dermpedia Course: Melanoma Update, Critical & Urgent Diagnoses and Alopecia

April 20-22nd, 2012

Course Venue:

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. A limited block of rooms at significantly discounted group rate (from $279 per night) available through online registration. This 5 star resort is conveniently located 35 minutes drive time from Phoenix International Airport and 4 hours from Grand Canyon.

For more information, please call 1-888-421-1442 or send an email at info@dermpedia.org


Course Objectives: 

The objective of Dermpedia Courses is to provide the most comprehensive in-depth updates on selected topics pertinent to everyday practice of skin pathology and dermatology.  

This year’s Course will provide a brief Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations which will focus on new molecular technologies and markers likely to revolutionize diagnostic practice and key differential diagnoses important to routine practice of dermatopathology. 

The major part of the Course will be devoted to review of Critical and Urgent Diagnoses (Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting). This module will review medical entities where skin biopsy plays a significant role with primary objective to review salient features enabling accurate diagnosis. This module will focus on entities and problems likely to be encountered by general pathologists and dermatopathologists practicing in a hospital setting.

Finally, we will present the most Comprehensive Course on Alopecia ever attempted. The objective of the Alopecia module will be to discuss all critical differential diagnoses involving alopecia. This module may also be of interest to dermatopathologists taking care of alopecia patients.The primary target audiences for the Course are practicing dermatopathologists, pathologists and dermatologists utilizing skin biopsy in their practice.

Participants will be encouraged to submit their own cases for discussion on Dermpedia website.


1- Mini Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations:

  • Molecular pathology of melanoma and melanocytic tumors: implications for classification, reporting and mangement of melanoma
  • FISH in melanoma: principles and state of the art
  • FISH in melanoma: future directions
  • Lessons from FISH: discussion of cases illustring aplication of FISH in routine dermatopathology practice
  • Soluble Adenylate Cyclase Antibody as a diagnostic adjunct in the evaluation of melanocytic lesions
  • Childhood melanoma and difficult melanocytic lesions in children. 
  • Normal nevus, Dysplastic nevus,  Clark's nevus, lentiginous nevus, jentigo, dysplastic nevus syndrome, Grading dysplastic nevi
  • Reactive melanocytic atypia: photoactivation, regression, scar, trauma, recurrent nevus phenomenon. Evaluation of margins in lentigo melanoma
  • Atypical neonatal nevus
  • Spitz nevus
  • Balloon cell melanoma
  • Atypical genital nevus and atypical nevi of special site
  • Neurotropic and angiotropic melanoma
  • Syringotropic and follicular melanoma
  • Nevoid melanoma
  • Lentiginous melanoma
  • De novo intraepithelial melanocytic dysplasia

2- Critical and Urgent Diagnoses (Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting)

a/ Dermatopathology of a Cancer Patient

  • Immunohistochemistry in diagnosis of cutaneous metastasis of unknown primary: Update on new antibodies and special techniques of interest in dermatopathology
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Sweet's syndrome
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Post-radiation dermatitis
  • Eruption of lymphocyte recovery
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Glucagonoma syndrome
  • Zn insufficiency
  • Post-radiation angiosarcoma: differentiation from post-radiations reactive vascular proliferations

b/ Vasculitis and Related Conditions

  • Thrombotic vasculopathy
  • Warfarin necrosis
  • Subcutaneous thrombotic vasculopathy
  • Calciphylaxis
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Erythema elevatum diutinum
  • EED-like fungal reaction
  • Collagenous vasculopathy
  • Scurvy
  • Thrombangiitis obliterans
  • Degos disease
  • Vasculitis: overview
  • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • Urticarial vasculitis
  • Pustular vasculitis
  • Granulomatous vasculitis
  • ANCA-associated vasculitis
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • Lymphocytic vasculitis and perniosis

c/ Dermatopathology of Serious Medical Conditions and Infections

  • Infectious diseases
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Nephrogenic systemic sclerosis
  • Granulomatous reaction to hyaluronic acid
  • Interstitial granulomas
  • Metastatic cutaneous Crohn's disease

d/ Drug Eruptions

  • Urticaria
  • Lymphomatoid drug eruptions
  • Cutaneous reaction to immunobiologics and new chemotherapeutic drugs
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Phototoxic reaction
  • Photallergic reaction
  • Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis

e/ Diagnostic Pitfalls: Critical Diagnoses Missed or Almost Missed 

  • Subungual epidermoid  inclusions mimicking squamous cell carcinoma
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Subcutaneous granuloma annulare
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Post-radiation angiosarcoma
  • Borderline leprosy
  • Vancomycin-induced linear IgA disease
  • Urticarial pigmentosa
  • Aberrant presenations of T cell dyscrasias
  • Other....

3- Comprehensive Course on Alopecia

  • Introduction to alopecia: biology of hair follicle
  • Alopecia from the clinical perspective: what clinicians want (can get) from a pathologist
  • Alopecia in horizontal sections
  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Telogen effluvium
  • Alopecia areata
  • Scarring alopecia
  • Follicular degeneration syndrome/Central Centrifugal Scarring Alopecia
  • Traumatic alopecia
  • Lichen planopilaris
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Pseudopalade of Broque
  • Acne keloidalis nuchae
  • Dissecting folliculitis
  • Folliculitis decalvans
  • Psoriatic alopecia
  • Psoriatic alopecia/alopecia areata like reaction to TNF inhibitor
  • Follicular syphilis
  • Eosinophilic folliculitis
  • Rosacea
  • Follicular mycosis fungoides
  • Follicular mucinosis
  • Ectopic hamartomatous meningioma
  • Nevus sebaceous
  • Aplasia cutis
  • Algorythmic approach to diagnosis of alopecia


Friday, 4/20/2012

  • • 7:00am-8:00pm        Registration
  • • 8:00am-10:00am      Didactic session I
  • • 10:00am-10:30am    Coffee break
  • • 10:30am-12:30pm    Didactic session II
  • • 12:30pm-2:00pm      Lunch break (on your own)
  • • 2:00pm-4:00pm        Didactic session III
  • • 4:00pm-4:30pm        Coffee break
  • • 4:30pm-6:30pm        Didactic session IV
  • • 7:00pm-9:00pm        Official Course Dinner with a Special Lecture
  • • 9:00pm-10:00pm      Reception and Meet the Faculty

Saturday, 4/21/2012

  • • 12:30pm-2:30pm       Didactic session V
  • • 2:30pm-3:00pm         Coffee break
  • • 3:00pm-5:00pm         Didactic session VI
  • • 5:00pm-5:30pm         Coffee break
  • • 5:30pm-7:00pm         Didactic session VII

Sunday, 4/22/2012

  • • 8:00am-10:00am      Didactic session VIII
  • • 10:00am-10:30am    Coffee break
  • • 10:30am-12:30pm    Didactic session IX
  • • 12:30pm-1:00pm      Break to set up lunch 
  • • 1:00pm-2:00pm        Working lunch with presentations and discussion
  • • 2:00pm-4:00pm        Didactic session X


Physician Attendee Entire 3-Day Course including Alopecia Course: $975.

Physician Attendee Alopecia Course ONLY: $450.

Physician in Training Entire 3-Day Course including Alopecia Course: $595.

Physician in Training Alopecia Course ONLY: $250.

Physicians in Training Discount: We set aside a limited number of significantly discounted) admissions for physicians in training (residents and fellows). These admissions will be sold on the first-come, first-served basis.   In order to qualify for the discounted fee of $595 you need to present a proof of being in training at the registration

To receive the discount you have to register as "physician in training" and enter "physician in training" code during registration.

Refund/cancellation policy

A refund will be issued if requested on or before Wednesday, March 24th. Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $50.00 registration processing fee. Substitutions are always welcome. Refunds will not be issued after the specified date. All refunds must be requested in writing. 

CME Credits:

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of dermatopathologists, pathologists, dermatologists and other health care professionals who incorporate dermatopathology consultations or procedures in their practice. 

The program was approved by Community Medical Centers, Fresno, CA. Community Medical Centers is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Community Medical Centers takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 

Community Medical Centers designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education. Support given by educational funding from Dermatopathology Consultations LLC..

Faculty disclosures are pending and any relevant disclosures will be listed.

American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs):

Community Medical Centers has been approved by the American Board of Pathology to provide Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs). SAMs are a specific form of Category 1 CME required by the ABP as part of its Maintenance of Certification Program. A self-assessment post-test -- with defined acceptable performance and  performance and timely feedback will be available and is required to obtain SAMs credit. At least 10 SAMs will be awarded.


To preserve the ambience of the Course only a limited number of exhibitors will be allowed to present their services or products at the Course. Each exhibiting company will be provided with one 6 feet x 30 inches (or 16 inches if requested) table and free power outlet. The tables may be located in the breakout/coffee room allowing ample opportunity to interact with the participants and faculty. The room is located between the lecture room and the open patio and will be the social center of the Course. 

The exhibitor's fee ($1600 ) includes registration, participation in an official Course dinner and coffee breaks for 2 representatives. The exhibitors are eligible for all the resort discounts available to the students. The exhibitors will be asked to set up their displays on Friday 4/20/2012 from 7:00 am to 10:30 am. They can be taken down Sunday by 4pm. The exhibitors are responsible for all the costs of set up and transportation. The floor hours are Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

In order to apply, please send an email to dermpediacourse@dermpedia.org and specify:

  1. Company Name
  2. Company Address
  3. Brief Description of the Products/Services
  4. Contact Person (Name, Address, email, telephone, fax)
  5. Number of Representatives

  6. For more information about the Hyatt please call 1-888-421-1442 or send an email at dermpediacourse@dermpedia.org.

Sessions for this Event

Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations:

  • Friday 20: 8:00am-10:00am    Didactic session I: FISH in melanoma: State of the art, lessons learned and future directions
  • Friday 20: 10:30am-12:30pm  Didactic session II: Borderline lesions and everyday problems in reporting melancytic proliferations.
  • Friday 20: 2:00pm-4:00pm      Didactic session III: Variants of melanoma and melanocytic nevi: diagnostic pitfalls

Critical and Urgent Diagnosis (Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting)

  • Friday 20: 4:30pm-6:30pm        Didactic session IV: Dermatopathology of a cancer patient
  • Saturday 21: 12:30pm-2:30pm       Didactic session V: Vasculitis, thrombotic vasculopathy and related diseases
  • Saturday 21: 3:00pm-5:00pm         Didactic session VI: Dermatopathology as an aid in diagnosis of medical conditions: must known diagnoses for general pathologist 
  • Saturday 21: 5:30pm-7:00pm         Didactic session VII: Drug eruptions
  • Sunday 22: 8:00am-10:00am      Didactic session VIII: Case vignettes: Cases missed or easy to miss

Comprehensive Course on Alopecia:

  • Sunday 22: 10:30am-12:30pm    Didactic session IX
  • Sunday 22: 1:00pm-2:00pm        Working lunch with presentations and discussion
  • Sunday 22: 2:00pm-4:00pm        Didactic session X​