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The Art and Science of Cutaneous Medicine
AUGUST 16 - 18, 2019

Course Directors
David Elpern, MD, Douglas Johnson MD,
George Reizner MD

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Waimea State Park (near Turtle Bay)

Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii
Friday - Sunday

August 16 - 18, 2019

Our 2019 program will be held at Turtle Bay on Oahu's North Shore.  We have organized Hot Spots in Dermatology since 1987. It is an intimate meeting at which the faculty and registrants have time to interact as colleagues rather than in a strictly didactic manner. We provide 9 - 12 hours of  Category I CME credits.  Hot Spots is not a business; but a gathering of people that, like Chaucer's student, "would gladly lerne and gladly teche." Please join us!

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     Turtle Bay Resort
     Condos within walking distance to Turtle Bay Resort  Air BnB or VRBO
2019 Faculty  and Syllabus (not ready yet)
If you want to give a case report, here is the Protocol.


Final Syllabus 2019 Hot Spots

Hot Spots in Dermatology Syllabus
August  16 - 18, 2019

Thursday, August 15:
6:00 pm.  Get together at The Johnson’s Cabana 6:00

Friday, August 16
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Madeline Duvic: Hot Spots in Mycosis Fungoides
9:00 – 9:30 Jacek Szepietowski: Psychodermatology and BDD
9:30 – 9:45 Doug Johnson: Bargain Basement Biologic Therapy
9:45 – 10:00 Roman Glamb and Marianna Karewicz: Burn Baby Burn
10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 – 11:00 Roy Grekin: A Geezer’s View on Mohs
11:00 – 12:30  Cannabis 2019: A Discussion for Patients, Physicians and Families 
Cannabis Presenters:
Marc Aronoff, Wendy Gibson,
Malcolm Ing, Courtney Mrowczynski

Saturday, August 18 
7:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 am: Madeline Duvic: Hot New Drugs for CTCL
8:30 – 9:00 Henry Foong: Cutaneous Lymphomas from Ipoh Practice  
9:00 – 9:30 Roy Grekin: Basic Surgical Skills for the General Dermatologist
9:30 – 9:50  Spring Golden: Challenging and Interesting Cases from Paradise
9:50 – 10:10: Jorge Roman: Great Cases from 30th Street 10016
10:10 - 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:00 Walt Kunimitsu and Karie Terada:
                       Pharmaco-economics for the Practitioners
11:00 – 11:45  Patrick Kenny: The Art of Dermatology Part I
Lunch Session:  Patrick Kenny: Let’s Talk about Melanoma

Sunday, August 19
7:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30  Jorge Roman: COI in Dermatological C.M.E.
8:30 - 9:15  Margit Sande-Kerback:  A Narrative on Resilience
9:15 – 10:15 Patrick Kenny: The Art of Dermatology Part II
10:15 - 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 – 10:45 Paul Esaki; TBA
10:45 -- 11:15  Doug Johnson: Implicit Bias in Dermatology
11:15 - 11:45 Jacek Szepietowski: Psychosocial Burden of Chronic Itch
11:45 – 12:00 George Reizner: Aloha Oe



Turtle Bay Cannabis Panel



Friday, August 16
Turtle Bay Resort 
For more information, contact Wendy Gibson

11:00 a.m. – 12:30   Cannabis: More Help or More Harm
 A Discussion for Patients, Physicians and Families

11:00 – 11:20 Marc Aronoff: Marijuana: Best Friend or Best Foe?

11:20 – 11:40  Maclolm Ing: What’s Not So Hot About Pot

11:40 – 12:10  Wendy Gibson: Medical Cannabis Insights                                              
12:10 – 12:30  Courtney Mrowczynski: A Patient's Perspective

12:30 Panel Discussion  (Please stay for an open-ended discussion.  Light refreshments will be served.

Marc Aronoff is Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Lenox, MA specializing in work with teens and adults. His new book, "The Cannabis Craze: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teens" addresses teen cannabis use and harm reduction.

Wendy Gibson has been an American Cannabis Nurses Association member, a medical cannabis patient advocate, a cannabis nurse educator and the Field Organizer for The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii (The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii).

Malcolm Ing is a distinguished ophthalmologist who has practiced in Hawaii for over 50 years.  His wide-ranging interests include clinical medicine, research and sport, in particular surfing.

Courtney Mrowczynski is a medical marijuana user who will present a patient's perspective.


2019 Faculty

2019 Hot Spots in Dermatology
Tentative Faculty
David Elpern, Williamstown, Massachusetts 
Doug Johnson, Honolulu Hawaii 
George Reizner,  Madison, Wisconsin

Madeline Duvic:  Blanche Bender Professorship in Cancer Research, Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

David Elpern:  The Skin Clinic, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Paul Esaki: Family Practitioner, Kapaa, Hawaii

Henry BB Fong: Foong Specialist Skin Clinic, Ipoh, Malaysia

Roman Glamb: Consultant Dermatologist, Straub Clinic, Honolulu, HI

Spring Golden: Mohs Surgeon, Honolulu, HI

Roy Grekin: Director, Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Douglas Johnson: Consultant Dermatologist, Honolulu, Hawaii

Patrick Kenny: Consultant Dermatologist, Melanoma & Pigmented Lesions, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Walt Kunimitsu: Director of Pharmacy Operations, Pharmacare Hawaii 
George Reizner:  President, Internatial Society of Dermatology, Madison, Wisconsin                                                 

Vail Reese: Clinical Dermatologist and Founder if San Francisco, California

Jorge Roman: Dermatology Resident, New York University

Margit Sande-Kerback: Pastoral Counsellor and Graduate Student in  Social Work, University of Hawaii

Michael Webster: Clinical Dermatologist, Melbourne, Australia




AUGUST 16 - 18, 2019
Physicians: $400 or $175 per day
After June 1, $500
On-Site Registration: $600
Nurses, Residents PAs and NPs: $200.
After June 1, $250
Students: Free

Cancellation Policy: A $50 non-refundable fee is charged for cancellations before July 1. Thereafter one half of the fee will be returned for cancellations received before July 30. No refunds can be accepted after that date. All cancellations must be in writing.

To Enroll, please scroll down for a form you can cut and paste or access: Printable Registration Form

To contact us:
Marie KramerPhone: 808-531-7541

If you don't want to use the printable form above, you can copy the form below.
Copy, Paste, Fill in and fax or mail the following form to us with registration check. You can also email us for this Registration Form at DJE.

HOT SPOTS HAWAII -- AUGUST 16 - 18, 2019

Physicians: $400 After June 1, 500
Nurses, Residents, PAs and NPs: $200. After May 1, $250
Students: Free

Cancellation Policy: A $50 non-refundable fee is charged for cancellations before July 1. Thereafter one half of the fee will be returned for cancellations received before July 30. No refunds can be accepted after that date. All cancellations must be in writing.

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"Hot Spots in Dermatology"
c/o Marie Kramer
1380 Lusitana Street, Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96813


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Case Report Protocol

Suggestions for Case Presentation

We encourage all attendees to present one or two interesting cases.  These presentations should be no longer than 5 - 7 minutes.

Since before Hippocrates, case reports have provided a rich resource for teaching and research in medicine. Case reports are published by many prominent journals—more than 140,000 case reports are indexed in MEDLINE from 1996 to 2000—and a number of narrative guidelines for the preparation of case reports have appeared in the medical literature. To facilitate the preparation of case reports, we suggest the following protocol.  This template can be used by perdons in any practice setting and any discipline to collect and report interesting and unusual cases.
Adapted from: How to write a case report.  McCarthy LH, Reilly KE.  Fam Med 2000;32:190-5.)

I.  Abstract – on one line
         Presented by Your Name(s)

II.  History of Present Illness

III. Physical Exam

IV.  Clinical Photos

V. Tentative Diagnosis and Plan

VI. Work-up
         Tests with results
         Biopsy – photomicrographs if available

VII.   Final Diagnosis if applicable

VIII. Questions you have for your colleagues

IX. References