ASDS Symposium to Improve Cosmetic Medical Training

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is furthering its leadership role in enhancing cosmetic medical training for residents by offering a second annual symposium April 15 to 17 focusing on patient safety and achieving optimal cosmetic outcomes. According to ASDS president Naomi Lawrence, M.D., the 2016 Premier Annual Resident Cosmetic Symposium in Dallas is a prime example of ASDS delivering on its commitment to help residents gain the knowledge and training they need to become proficient at performing cosmetic medical procedures. “Many residency programs struggle to provide the needed resources to effectively cover the training for the cosmetic side of dermatology practices,” says Lawrence. “Taking steps to fill the training gaps in the ever-evolving array of cosmetic medical procedures will help ensure dermatologic surgeons of the future are prepared to deliver optimal results for their patients.”

With ASDS offering 100 scholarships for this year’s Cosmetic Symposium, residents have a valuable opportunity to strengthen their foundations in the anatomy of beauty, fat-reducing and acne scar injectables, soft-tissue fillers and neuromodulators, peels and cosmeceuticals, vein treatments, laser and energy-based rejuvenation, and body contouring. In addition, the ASDS Visiting Professor Program sends renowned experts in dermatologic surgery to share their experience at residency programs— supplementing the education residents receive—at no cost to their institutions. Residents also can access vast educational resources on Quest, the ASDS digital knowledge network. This includes the ResQ procedural dermatology review that poses hundreds of sample board questions to assist residents who are preparing for exams and a dozen fundamentals lectures.

ASDS members Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D., and Susan H. Weinkle, M.D., are co-directors of the 2016 Cosmetic Symposium. “ASDS is proud to continue its role of providing dermatology residents with quality education to augment their training in cosmetic medical procedures and help prepare them to be leaders in the field,” says Weinkle. “The live patient demonstrations and hands-on training in the latest cosmetic medical procedures will help prepare these residents for real-world scenarios.”