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F088 - Dermoscopy for the Non-dermoscopist

Saturday, February 17; 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize characteristic dermoscopic structures of benign and malignant lesions.
  • Use dermoscopy to distinguish benign from suspicious lesions that require biopsy.
  • Formulate a simple pattern recognition system that can be used in general dermatologic practice to minimize unnecessary biopsies and improve detection of malignant lesions.


Novice dermoscopists will be taught recognizable dermoscopic patterns to assist in the diagnosis of pigmented lesions. We will discuss a simple pattern recognition system that can be incorporated into routine dermatologic practice. The session will also include dermoscopy of special sites, including the face and acral surfaces. Participants will be shown unknown cases throughout the session for self-assessment and the approach to diagnosis of these cases will be reviewed. By incorporating dermoscopy into everyday practice, participants will be able to improve their diagnostic accuracy in detecting melanoma and other skin cancers.


  • Kim, Caroline C., MD: Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. – I(NC);
  • Liebman, Tracey, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Nelson, Kelly C., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Polsky, David, MD, PhD: MolecularMD – C(Fees); Novartis – A(H);
  • Stein, Jennifer A., MD, PhD: MoleSafe, Inc. – O(Fees); UpToDate, Inc – O(IP);
  • Tarbox, Michelle B., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Saturday, February 17
3:30 PM
Dr. Polsky / Introduction / Why I Should Learn Dermoscopy
3:40 PM
Dr. Stein / Melanocytic Structures and Patterns: Benign and Malignant
4:05 PM
Dr. Tarbox / Non-melanocytic Patterns
4:25 PM
Dr. Liebman / Face Dermoscopy / Lentigo Maligna
4:40 PM
Dr. Kim / Acral and Mucosal Dermoscopy
4:55 PM
Dr. Nelson / Cases
5:15 PM
All faculty / Q+A
Event Details
  • Date
    Saturday, February 17
  • Time
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location
    Ballroom 20A
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Caroline C. Kim, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • David Polsky, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Kelly C. Nelson, MD, FAAD
  • Michelle B. Tarbox, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Tracey Liebman, MD, FAAD - Handout