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SYM S049 - Practical Approaches to Melanoma and Dysplastic Nevi

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Tuesday, March 25

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room 207

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Michael E. Ming, MD, FAAD

  • James M. Grichnik, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Allan C. Halpern, MD, FAAD
  • Sancy A. Leachman, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Beth S. Ruben, MD, FAAD
  • Kara N. Shah, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Susan M. Swetter, MD, FAAD - Handout

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

  • Formulate approaches for clinical scenarios involving patients with melanoma or pigmented lesions.
  • Describe the role of genetic testing and sentinel lymph node mapping in melanoma.
  • Describe the newer treatments for metastatic melanoma, including vemurafenib, ipilimumab, dabrafenib and trametinib.

Many of the important issues regarding the appropriate management of patients with dysplastic nevi or a history of melanoma are complex, such as who should be considered for genetic testing or vitamin D supplementation, how to manage melanonychia, or what are special considerations regarding melanoma in children and adolescents, yet these issues arise in daily practice. The emphasis of the session is on practical information that will help dermatologists refine their management of patients with melanocytic lesions.


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  • Diverse cutaneous side effects associated with BRAF inhibitor therapy: a clinicopathologic study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2012 Dec;67(6):1265-72.
  • Pigmented lesions of the nail unit: clinical and histopathologic features. Semin Cutan Med Surg 2010 Sep;29(3):148-58.


Tuesday, March 25
9:00 AMManaging Melanonychia / Dr. Ruben
9:20 AMGuidelines for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Thin and Thick Melanomas / Dr. Swetter
9:40 AMGenetics of Melanoma and the Role of Genetic Testing / Dr. Leachman
10:00 AMMelanoma Detection in the Informatics Era / Dr. Halpern
10:20 AMQ & A / Dr. Ruben, Dr. Halpern, Dr. Leachman, and Dr. Swetter
10:30 AMMelanoma in Children and Adolescents: What You Need to Know / Dr. Shah
10:50 AMVitamin D Recommendations for Patients with Melanoma / Dr. Lim
11:10 AMNew Treatments for Metastatic Melanoma / Dr. Ming
11:30 AMShould Dysplastic Nevi Be Re-excised? / Dr. Grichnik
11:50 AMQ & A / Dr. Ming, Dr. Shah, Dr. Grichnik, and Dr. Lim