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F018 - Point and Counterpoint: Cases in Dermatoethics

Friday, February 16; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Analyze the ethical issues surrounding the role of private equity in private practice and academic dermatology
  • Discuss the unintended consequences of competitiveness for dermatology residency positions.
  • Evaluate whether conflicts of interest compromise leaders in organized dermatology


The session will take the form of a debate of 3 contemporary ethical and professional issues in dermatology. There will be adequate time for audience interaction. 1. Is private equity playing a beneficial or detrimental role in dermatology today? 2. Among the consequences of dermatology’s competitiveness are that each applicant now applies to over 90 programs, and many programs have very high cutoff criteria that exclude many excellent applicants. Should something be done to limit the number of applications? 3. Should leaders in organized dermatology be required to divest themselves of all conflicts of interest while they serve?


  • Bercovitch, Lionel Gordon, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Grant-Kels, Jane Margaret, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Perlis, Clifford S., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Event Details
  • Date
    Friday, February 16
  • Time
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location
    Room 6B
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Lionel Gordon Bercovitch, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Clifford S. Perlis, MD, FAAD
  • Jane Margaret Grant-Kels, MD, FAAD - Handout