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Session Information

SYM S012 - Finessing Surgical Technique

Open admission, no tuition or ticket.


Date: Saturday, August 18

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room 304/306

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: David M. Ozog, MD, FAAD


  • Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD
  • Kristina M. Collins, MD, FAAD
  • Emily J. Fisher, MD, FAAD
  • Hayes B. Gladstone, MD, FAAD
  • Iltefat H. Hamzavi, MD, FAAD
  • Christopher James Miller, MD, FAAD
  • Victor Allen Neel, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Emily Tierney, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Demonstrate simple yet essential surgical techniques to achieve optimal cosmetic and functional outcomes.
  • Utilize proper surgical instruments and materials to enhance healing and repair outcomes.
  • Assess common mistakes made when coding for surgical procedures and how to avoid them.

This session provides essential surgical pearls for the general dermatologist and intermediate dermatological surgeon. A myriad of topics will be discussed including tips for anesthesia, lasers, optimizing suturing techniques and wound eversion, as well as the best use of surgical instruments, wound dressings and suture materials. Practical topics will be discussed including surgical coding and tips to avoid and treat wound complications.


Saturday, August 18
9:00 AMPainless Anesthesia to Pulley Sutures: Our Residents Favorite Techniques / Dr. Ozog
9:18 AMInstruments That Can Add "Harmony" To Your Busy Surgical Day / Dr. Tierney
9:36 AMDon't Let Yourself "Walk Through The Valley" - How To Master Eversion / Dr. Miller
9:54 AMQuestions And Answers / Dr. Ozog, Dr. Tierney, and Dr. Miller
10:00 AMKeeping The "Dog Ear" On Your Pet - Not Your Patient / Dr. Collins
10:18 AMEssential "West Coast" Suturing Techniques: Beyond The Simple Interrupted Stitch / Dr. Gladstone
10:36 AMEssential "East Coast" Suturing Techniques: Beyond The Simple Interrupted Stitch / Dr. Neel
10:54 AMQuestions And Answers / Dr. Gladstone, Dr. Neel, and Dr. Collins
11:00 AMBeyond "Star Wars": Tips To Maximize Lasers In Your Practice / Dr. Hamzavi
11:18 AM"Good Closures Gone Bad" - A Short Story Of Blood, Pus, And Tears / Dr. Fisher
11:36 AMI Can Get Paid For That? Tips To Optimize Surgical Coding / Dr. Coldiron
11:54 AMQuestions And Answers / Dr. Fisher, Dr. Hamzavi, and Dr. Coldiron