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FRM F066 - Practical Management of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Saturday, March 22

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room 704/706

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Director: Caroline C. Kim, MD, FAAD

  • Clara N. Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, FAAD
  • Michael E. Ming, MD, FAAD
  • Kelly C. Nelson, MD, FAAD
  • Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout

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

  • Implement strategies in clinical practice to accurately monitor atypical nevus patients while avoiding unnecessary biopsies.
  • Recognize clinical features of concerning melanocytic lesions on the scalp/face vs. trunk/extremity vs. acral areas in complex nevus patients.
  • Describe challenges in biopsying pigmented lesions and strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy.

Dermatologists are faced with the difficult task of evaluating and managing patients with atypical melanocytic lesions. This forum will review practical strategies for the evaluation of patients with complex nevus exams and the process of deciding to biopsy a lesion. Clinical case examples utilizing clinical as well as dermoscopic photos of challenging pigmented lesion patients will be presented by location, including scalp and facial, truncal and extremity, and acral lesions. Challenging biopsy scenarios will also be discussed, with strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy. This forum is directed to all general dermatologists.


Saturday, March 22
3:30 PMIntroduction/Overview: Practical Management of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Kim
3:50 PMManagement of Atypical Truncal/Extremity Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Nelson
4:15 PMManagement of Atypical Scalp/Facial Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski
4:40 PMPractical Management of Acral Pigmented Lesions / Dr. Stein
5:05 PMBiopsying Atypical Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Ming