CalDerm Virtual Education Series

Earn up to 2 CME Credits!

Saturday, July 16 from 8:00 am - 10:30 am PST

CalDerm is pleased to announce the return of our Virtual Education Series, Derm Talks, featuring esteemed Dermatologists from around the country. 

Faculty will present timely and relevant courses of interest to Dermatologists to assist member physicians in this uncertain and evolving healthcare environment. Presentations will be pre-recorded with the faculty member present to address any questions or comments live.

How many continuing education does this series offer?
This series is produced to meet the requirements of up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. CME approval is pending.

Will the session(s) be recorded?
The pre-recorded presentations will be available to to registered attendees ONLY. Recordings will be available for up to 30-days post meeting. The live virtual series will not be recorded – Q&A will only be available to those in attendance.

You must join webinar live to receive CME.

Course Fee

Complimentary for CalDerm Members & Residents

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Non-Member Physicians/Other Allied Health Professionals - $95

Distinguished Faculty & Program

8:00 am – 8:30 am | Fundamentals of Dermoscopy

This course will provide a foundation for dermoscopy and review the various algorithms.

Faculty: Vineet Mishra, MD
Dr. Vineet Mishra is a Mohs surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist, and venous disease specialist and serves as Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California – San Diego. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science. He completed his medical education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, internship at Emory University, dermatology residency at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and procedural dermatology fellowship at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California under Dr. Hugh Greenway. From 2013 until 2018, he was Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of Mohs and Procedural Dermatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio. Subsequently, he joined the Scripps Clinic as teaching faculty for the Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology fellowship and practiced in both the Division of Dermatology and Mohs Surgery and the Division of Vascular Surgery. His interests and expertise include Mohs surgery, laser medicine, cosmetic dermatology, and venous disease. He is an active member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American College of Phlebology, and American Academy of Dermatology. In addition, Dr. Mishra serves on the board of directors of SkinPAC, American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, American Vein and Lymphatic Society, Dermatology Education Foundation, and Tennessee Dermatology Society. He previously served on the boards of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Young Physician Section and American College of Phlebology Foundation. Dr. Mishra has published numerous articles in dermatology and has co-authored many book chapters. He also is involved in public policy at the state and federal level, serving as Delegate in the American Medical Association. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, family, and traveling.

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Fundamentals of Sun Protection

This talk will be discuss the mechanics of sunscreen and UV filters and how they work, so that attendees can better understand some of the nuances in the myriad sun protection products available.

Faculty: Melissa Shive, MD, MPH
Dr. Melissa Shive is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine, as well as a staff physician at the Long Beach VA where she teaches and trains fellows, residents, and medical student in dermatology. Her clinical interests include the advanced surgical treatment of skin cancers, such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, as well as more rare tumor types. She also is skilled in a wide variety of cosmetic and laser procedures.  She serves in leadership positions of CalDerm, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the AAD, and is the 2019-2020 American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Association Health Policy Fellow.  Dr. Shive earned her medical degree at UC San Francisco School of Medicine after obtaining a master’s in Public Health from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. She completed a dermatology residency at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles. She completed a fellowship at UCI School of Medicine that focused on Mohs micrographic surgery, reconstructive surgery, cosmetic dermatology and other dermatologic procedures.

9:00 – 9:30 AM | Vexing Vulvar Dermatoses: Pearls and Updates

During this session, Dr. Christina Kraus will provide an overview of vulvar skin and mucosal disease diagnosis and management.

Faculty: Christina Kraus, MD
Dr. Christina Kraus is an Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the University of California, Irvine, where she practices medical and general dermatology, with an interest in gynecologic dermatology. She earned her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kraus is a board-certified Dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Her clinical and research interests include lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, and other vulvar dermatoses.

9:30 – 10:00 AM | Achieving Equitable Compensation Across Departments and Organizations for Women in Healthcare, Strategies and Best Practices

During this session, Dr. Allison Larson will go over best practices for compensation equity from the perspectives of an individual, manager, and institution.

Faculty: Allison Larson, MD, MS
Dr. Allison R. Larson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health since 2021. Prior to this time she was the Vice Chair for Education for the Boston University Department of Dermatology and Program Director for the Boston University Dermatology residency program. She previously served as an Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed her residency in dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her dermatopathology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Larson is a gender equity expert with a specific research focus on debt and compensation.

10:00 – 10:30 AM | Gene Expression Profile Tests in Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma (Non-CME Session: Supported by Castle Biosciences)

During this session, Dr. Jessie Hou will be discussing the current staging systems used in management of squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. She will then provide the audience an update on prognostic testing in squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma using Decision Dx tests from Castle Biosciences.
Faculty: Jessie Hou, MD
Dr. Jessie Hou is a board-certified dermatologist and board-certified mohs surgeon. She went to medical school at Yale and trained at UC San Diego Dermatology for residency. Dr. Hou completed a Mohs surgery fellowship at UC Irvine. Currently she works at her own practice called Imperial Dermatology located in Orange County, CA. Dr. Hou also serves as Orange County Dermatologic Society president and on several committees in the American Academy of Dermatology and Women's Dermatologic Society. She's also a reviewer for Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.