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Confocal Microscopy Reader 4 Day Intensive Course

Start date: May 4, 2017
End date: May 7, 2017
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Somerset
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Provided by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Dermatology


Reflectance Confocal Microscopy (RCM) has been well-established as a diagnostic tool for diagnosing various skin lesions, but has failed to gain traction in the United States simply due to a lack of opportunity for specialty training in reading RCM Images. Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is proud to offer the first basic comprehensive course where attendees will achieve basic proficiency in interpreting confocal images, distinguishing melanocytic versus non-melanocytic lesions, and will be able to conclusively distinguish between lesions that require removal and those that do not.


This activity is designed for dermatologists, pathologists, and dermatopathologists.


  • Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Discuss current in vivo modalities for diagnosing skin neoplasms
  • Recognize RCM features of common skin neoplasms
  • Distinguish confocal features of melanocytic lesions from non-melanocytic lesions
  • Diagnose benign vs. malignant lesions based on confocal images


Babar K. Rao, MD – Activity Director
Clinical Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Dermatology, and Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Attiya Haroon, MD, PhD
Research Fellow, NIDIskin, New York, NY

All individuals who affect the content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty are further required to disclose discussion of off-label/ investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credit, participants are required to check in at the registration desk each day of the activity, attend the program, and complete the program evaluation form at the conclusion of the activity. A letter certifying attendance and credit verification will be mailed to participants within 4 weeks of the program conclusion.


Fee: $2,000.00
Registration fee includes all educational sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, continuing education credit and course material. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa credit cards. American Express is not accepted.

Note: Please register early. Space for this program is limited. Onsite registration will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Registration can only be accepted through our secure on-line website through April 27, 2017. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa cards. American Express is not accepted. Pre-registration is recommended. *On-site registration will be accommodated on a space available basis.*

Registration is required and will only be accepted through our secure on-line website. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, continuing education credit, and course material will be provided free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on April 27, 2017, or earlier if seating capacity is reached. Onsite registration will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation letter and additional information to assist you with your plans to participate in the activity.


In an effort to provide the complete materials to attendees and conserve resources, PDF versions of the lecture slides (upon presenters’ approval) will be made available online to registered attendees. In addition, internet access will be available during the day of the activity so we encourage attendees to bring a laptop or tablet. Additional information will be provided in future confirmation communications.

Course Information: Contact Aida at (732) 235-7765 or info@nidiskin.com


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NIDIskin West Coast Intensive Dermoscopy Workshop

Start date: October 15, 2014
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: Beverly Hills, Ca

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Dr. Rao’s simple and practical approach to managing skin lesions using Dermoscopy. Dr. Rao’s unique approach focuses on accurately determining whether or not skin lesions are candidates for removal. This course differs from traditional Dermoscopy courses, in which subject matter can be bogged down by determining whether the lesion is melanocytic, and then taking further complex steps to determine specific diagnoses. Dr. Rao’s approach is a streamlined alternative that benefits both the patient and the practitioner. The workshop is conducted in a state-of-the-art skin imaging facility with a unique format of intensive small-group instruction followed by a hands-on session with live models. The session will conclude with an optional cocktail reception.

Classes are limited to a very small size to preserve the integrity of an intensive workshop with hands-on training, so space will be extremely limited. Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Objectives:

1. Learn a 3 step approach to determining whether to biopsy or not to biopsy.

2. Introduction to advanced uses of Dermoscopy beyond the analysis of neoplasms.

3. Introduction to alternative methods of Non Invasive Diagnostic Imaging of the Skin, such as Confocal Microscopy.

Target Audience:

General and Family Medicine Practitioners, Dermatologists, Residents, Fellows, and other physicians interested in the management of skin lesions.


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Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging of the Skin – 2012 Spring Symposium

Start date: May 4, 2012 (8am – 5pm)
End date: May 5, 2012 (8am – 3pm)
Location: San Francisco, CA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text responsive_align=”left”]Funding Statement

Funds for this program have been provided by an educational grant from LUCID.

Disclosure Information

Current guidelines require that participants in CME/CE activities be made aware of all affiliations or financial interests that may be perceived as affecting the presentation of the faculty member. ACHL ensures that all faculty and staff involved in the planning, development, and implementation of ACHL activities disclose all potential conflicts of interest and resolve them before the CME/CE activity occurs. Complete information will be provided to participants prior to the start of the educational activity.

Statement of Need

Treatment of pigmented lesions and melanoma requires accurate and early diagnosis, especially for high-risk individuals. In the past two decades, non-invasive diagnostic modalities have been developed to improve melanoma diagnostic accuracy. Such modalities can also be applied to the diagnoses of other melanocytic and non-melanocytic skin lesions. Such diagnostic tools are invaluable in a clinical setting, because they either rule out benign diagnoses and eliminate the need for invasive testing, or empower the practitioner with a more definitive need for further testing and/or removal of the lesion.

Although non-invasive modalities are available, they are not yet being used routinely by the majority of primary care doctors and dermatologists due to lack of experience, knowledge, and equipment. This certified CME activity will discuss new technologies for diagnosing primary melanoma and other pigmented lesions and in which patient setting they are best used. Experts will discuss the best strategies for early and better diagnostic accuracy and the management of pigmented and non-pigmented lesions.
Faculty will use didactic presentations, case studies and hands-on demonstrations to instruct participants. Participants will receive practice in reading diagnostic images with the guidance of experienced practitioners. Using hands-on demonstration and case-based scenarios, this CME activity will address non-invasive modalities for early detection of malignant skin lesions and improvement of melanoma diagnostic specificity.The purpose, benefit, and limitations of non-invasive techniques to diagnose various skin lesions will also be covered.

*Pellacani, G, Cesinaro,M, and Seidenari S. Reflectance-mode confocal microscopy of pigmented skin lesions – improvement in melanoma diagnostic specificity. J AM ACAD Dermatol 2005; 979-985.

*Minerd, J. Dermoscopy Helps Primary-Care Physicians Find Melanoma. Medpage Today April 20, 2006; http://www.medpagetoday.com/tbprint.cfm?tbid=3129

Target Audience

This activity is intended for dermatologists, pathologists, and dermatopathologists. The content should also be of interest to primary care providers, including physician assistants and other healthcare practitioners who are on the front line of managing dermatologic conditions. Residents and medical students will also benefit from this comprehensive course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

Discuss current practice guidelines and emerging diagnostic strategies for the screening of pigmented lesions
Critically evaluate invasive versus non-invasive techniques used in the diagnosis of various skin lesions
Assess and implement evidence-based procedures for proper melanoma detection
Distinguish between melanocytic and non-melanocytic tumors with the aid of non-invasive imaging modalities
Apply dermoscopic, confocal, and histologic findings in order to detect and treat skin cancer most effectively

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning and Rao Dermatology. The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Friday, May 4

  • 7:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00am Welcome and Introduction: Approaches to Managing Pigmented Lesions – Rao
  • 8:15am Non-Invasive Modalities for Melanoma Detection and How They Work (Dermoscopy, Confocal, Melafind, OCT, RTI) – Rao
  • 8:45am Dermoscopy: its value in skin cancer diagnosis – Longo
  • 9:45am Coffee Break
  • 10:00am Indications for Confocal Microscopy, Including Breakthroughs in Inflammations and Aesthetics – Rao
  • 10:45am Dermoscopy and Histopathology Correlations, passing through Confocal Microscopy – Pellacani
  • 11:30am Glossary and Pattern Analysis for Non-Melanocytic Tumors – Gonzalez
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm Diagnosing Melanocytic Lesions – Melanocytic Nevi (typical, dysplastic and Spitz) – Pellacani-Longo
  • 2:15pm Diagnosing Non-Melanocytic Lesions – Benign Epithelial Tumors and BCC – Gonzalez
  • 3:30pm Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm Practical Session on Clinical, Dermoscopy, and Confocal Microscopy – all faculty
  • 5:00pm End of Day

Saturday, May 5

  • 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15am Diagnosing Melanocytic Lesions – Melanoma – Pellacani-Longo
  • 9:30am Diagnosing Non-Melanocytic Lesions – AK, Bowen, and SCC – Gonzalez
  • 10:15am Coffee Break
  • 10:30am Managing atypical pigmented lesions: the histopathology point of view – Rao
  • 11:00am Practical Session on Clinical, Dermoscopy, and Confocal Microscopy – all faculty
  • 12:30pm Clinical Situations: rational triage and management of patients referred for moles – Longo
  • 1:00pm Lunch and adjourn

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable. Hotel reservations are subject to the Hotel Monaco’s cancellation policy.

Contact Us

If you have special needs or require additional information, please contact Anna Schaffer at (212) 949-2516 or email info@nidiskin.com.

Sponsored by The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning

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Acting Chairman and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology
Department of Dermatology
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
New Brunswick, NJ
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Dermatology
Weill-Cornell Medical College
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Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Consultant at Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova
Scientific Institute of Research, Hospitalization, and Health Care (IRCCS)
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Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
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