WDS Networking Luncheon at ACMS
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The luncheon was well attended by WDS Members and ACMS Meeting Attendees and offered an opportunity to network over lunch, while discussing topics such as how to establish a Mohs reputation, tips on getting a Mohs Fellowship position and advice for finding a balance between work/life. The WDS Young Physicians Committee sponsored 20 Resident Tickets for the luncheon, all of which were claimed by WDS Resident Members.
WDS Networking Luncheon
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Scottsdale, Arizona. The luncheon was well attended by WDS Members and SID Meeting Attendees and offered an opportunity to network over lunch and listen to a panel discussion and was sponsored by Regeneron.
Panelists at the luncheon were Heidi Jacobe, MD (University of North Carolina), Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD (Oregon Health Sciences University), Stavonnie Patterson, MD (Northwestern University), and Aimee Payne, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) and it was moderated by Wilma Bergfeld, MD (Cleveland Clinic). The panelists discussed advancement in academic dermatology, developing a competitive research program, mentorship, leadership development, work-life balance, and achieving recognition for academic/investigative work at the national and international level. Discussion also included the need for increased diversity among leadership in investigative and academic dermatology, with respect to both gender and ethnicity/race.
The WDS Young Physicians Committee sponsored 20 Resident Tickets for the luncheon, all of which were claimed by WDS Resident Members.
IVWG Executive Forum
Event Location: Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX
The WDS IVWG is composed of major corporations from around the world and their purpose is to support the research and education missions of WDS. The work group strategically discussed, with Industry Partners and WDS leaders, the common problems we face as a specialty. This crucial link between dermatologists and the international corporate business community will expand the conversation and cross boundaries to embrace medical, surgical, oncologic, cosmetic, pediatric, and technical subspecialties.
WDS Networking Reception
Event Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada at the Canadian Dermatology Association Annual Meeting
WDS Members and CDA Annual Meeting attendees gathered at the Delta Bessborough Hotel for the WDS Networking Reception supported by Galderma and Valeant, and co-hosted by Dr. Afsaneh Alavi. WDS Immediate Past President, Dr. Kathleen Hectorne, gave a brief presentation on "Managing your Bias" and attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and great conversation!
Photo 1: Right to Left; Drs. Neil Shear, Harvey Lui, Soodabeh Zandi, Able Torres, Kathleen Hectorne, Afsaneh Alavi & Vince Bertucci
Photo 2: Dr. Kathleen Hectorne speaking on Managing your Bias
Photo 3: Right to Left; Drs. Able Torres, Kathleen Hectorne, Harvy Lui & Afsaneh Alavi
WDS Summer Meeting
Event Location: Boston, MA
WDS Networking Reception
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 7:30pm-9:30pm
Towne Stove & Spirits | Back Bay Private Dining Room
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel | Beacon DE Room
WDS Networking Breakfast
Event Location: New Orleans, LA at the ASDS Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Orleans | Imperial 5BCD
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The luncheon was well attended by WDS Members and ASDS Meeting Attendees and offered an opportunity to network over breakfast, while discussing topics such as advice for finding a balance between work/life, what the WDS can do for you, and opportunities to get involved through the WDS's various programs and the IJWD.
The WDS Young Physicians Committee sponsored 50 Resident Tickets for the luncheon, all of which were claimed by WDS Resident Members.
WDS Annual Meeting
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Valencia Terrace | JW Marriott Grande Lakes
The WDS Annual Meeting & Luncheon Events kicked off on Friday, March 3, 2017 during the AAD Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL with the Networking Reception at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. The beautiful outdoor Valencia Terrace allowed attendees to catch up with old friends and meet new friends while watching the sun set enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
WDS 5th Annual Legacy Celebration honoring Dr. Susan Weinkle
Mediterranean Ballroom | JW Marriott Grande Lakes
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After the sun had gone down, attendees moved inside to the Mediterranean Ballroom to celebrate and honor Dr. Susan Weinkle at the 5th Annual Legacy Celebration. The room was decked in pink and gold with a photo booth, and elaborate dessert station complete with a Louis Vuitton handbag Cake, edible red high heel shoes, and cake pops with designer logos. Dr. Weinkle’s husband and daughter, gave touching speeches, and Drs. Wilma Bergfeld and Lynn Drake presented Dr. Weinkle with the Legacy Award for her extensive and generous contributions to the WDS and the field of Dermatology. The night ended with surprise performances by Drs. Harold Brody and Thomas Rohrer and the band Jessie’s Girl kept the dance floor packed late into the night.
Congratulations again, Dr. Weinkle! We are proud to call you our own!
WDS Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Orange Ballroom | Hilton Orlando
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WDS Members, sponsors, and guests gathered on Sunday afternoon for the WDS signature event, the Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Attendees took photos at the step & repeat, networked, and were the first to see the new WDS Video! Dr. Adelaide Hebert, WDS President 2016-2017 welcomed everyone and Drs. Chere Lucas Anthony and Marta Rendon presented the charity One Heart for Women and Children with a $2,500 donation on behalf of the WDS. Election of the new officers and directors was voted on and we recognized the retiring officers and directors who have served on the board of directors over the past few years.
The Annual Awards were presented and the following individuals were recognized: Kathleen J. Hectorne, MD (Rose Hirschler Award and President’s Award), Amit G. Pandya, MD (Mentor of the Year), Ashley Wysong, MD, MS (Volunteer of the Year), William D. James, MD (Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award), Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD and Neil S. Sadick, MD, FACP (President’s Award). Congratulations to All!
Guest speaker Valerie Monroe, Beauty Director at O, The Oprah Magazine joined us. She spoke about beauty and shared her experience when she was face-to-face with uber-model Iman and what thousands of women have shared with her through the magazine and her Ask Val page about feeling beautiful and self-image.
Dr. Mary Maloney took the stage to thank Dr. Hebert for her hard work over the past year, and adjourned the meeting as the new 2017-2018 WDS President.
Thank you again to our generous sponsors for making this weekend possible!
WDS Maui Derm Reception
Event Location: Wailea, HI
Room: Grand Wailea Resort | Haleakala 3 Ballroom
The Women’s Dermatologic Society Reception at Maui Derm proved to be a success with a thought-provoking panel discussion entitled “Physician Burnout and the Road to Happiness.” WDS Past-President Adelaide Hebert MD and annual WDS Reception host and coordinator Lenore Kakita MD joined panelists Ava Shamban MD, David Laub MD, Ilona Frieden MD, and Rhonda Peebles, head of Cosentyx marketing at Novartis for a lively discussion which touched upon issues related to preventing, identifying, and treating physician burnout. Panelists shared important strategies for combating burnout including protecting personal time and activities, maintaining a supportive and constructive working environment, and being unafraid to separate from toxic physician-patient relationships. WDS members and guests enjoyed an exciting conversation filled with not only practical tips for identifying signs of burnout but preventative tactics to avoid it.
We thank Novartis and Dr. George Martin and the Maui Derm for their generous support of the WDS!
Hosted By: Drs. Lenore Kakita, Adelaide A. Hebert, and Melanie Pickett
WDS Networking Breakfast during the SID Annual Meeting
Event Location: Portland, OR
Room: Oregon Convention Center – B117, 118 & 119
Time: 6:30 am – 8:00 am
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The breakfast was well attended by WDS Members and SID Meeting Attendees. The breakfast offered an opportunity to network and engage in a panel discussion.
Panelist at the luncheon included Suephy Chen, MD, MS (Emory University, School of Medicine), Aimee Payne, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), and Nicole Ward, PhD (Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) and was moderated by Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Dana Farber Cancer Center). The panelists discussed topics in gender stereotypes, how to overcome bias, and tips to negotiate your salary and knowing your worth. The panel was engaged with the audience taking questions and creating an open forum discussion.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 20 individuals to attend this networking event.
WDS Networking Luncheon during the ACMS Annual Meeting
Event Location: San Francisco, CA
Room: Hilton San Francisco Union Square | Franciscan A
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon during the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California on Saturday, April 29th. The luncheon provided a chance for WDS members and ACMS Meeting attendees to enjoy lunch and share ideas on topics such as finding Mohs fellowships and establishing a reputation. The luncheon was attended by residents and established dermatologists alike, which created learning opportunities for those just starting their careers.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 16 individuals to attend this networking event.
WDS Summer Meeting
Event Location: New York, NY
Thursday, July 27, 2017
WDS Networking Reception
WDS Members and AAD Summer Meeting attendees gathered at the SHIELD Center New York for the WDS Networking Reception on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a great conversation!
Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29, 2017
New York Hilton Midtown
On Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th WDS Members gathered in Concourse E in the WDS Center which provided a place for them work, meet with other members, or just grab a snack and relax!
WDS Networking Breakfast at the ASDS Annual Meeting
Event Location: Chicago, IL
Room: Hyatt Regency Chicago | Michigan 1AB
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Friday, April 28, 2017 at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Dermatology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The breakfast was well attended by WDS Members and ASDS Meeting Attendees. The breakfast offered an opportunity to network and engage in a panel discussion.
Panelist at the luncheon included Murad Alam, MD (WDS Treasurer), Pearl E. Grimes, MD (WDS President-elect), and Adelaide Hebert, MD (WDS Immediate Past President). The panelists discussed topics in residency and training opportunities, provided advice for early career dermatologist, and tips to achieve work/life balance. The panel was engaged with the audience taking questions and creating an open forum discussion.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 50 WDS Resident Members attend this networking event.
24th World Congress of Dermatology - Milan, Italy
Membership Enrichment & Leadership Development (MELD) Forum
Event Location: Dallas, Texas
Four Seasons Resort Dallas at Las Colinas
The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a Welcome Reception and an interesting presentation on the WDS History and the first female dermatologist from David Pariser, MD. Some rose with the sun and participated in sunrise yoga, and breakfast was served with an engaging panel discussion on How to be an Effective Mentor. We welcomed keynote speaker, Audrey Nelson, PhD, who presented “A Women’s Guide to Leadership, Power, Communication, and Credibility” and “Victors without Victims: Managing Conflict for a Positive Outcome”. The group heard from one of our industry partners about Women in Leadership, and after a long day of thought-provoking sessions we got our cowboy boots out for some line dancing!
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with three very audience engaging panel discussions on Work Life Balance, Pearls for a Successful Career, and Can I Really Ask that Question to my Friends in WDS which provided and open forum for members to submit questions they might not be comfortable asking otherwise.
Thank you to the MELD Planning Task Force Chair, Kathleen Hectorne, MD and the planning committee members Seemal Desai, MD, Lisa A. Garner, MD, and Lucille White, MD and a special thank you to all who attended!
Annual Meeting & Luncheon 2016
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WDS Sister Society Session in Argentina
Location: Buenos Aries, Argentina
Room: Sheraton Hotel
The WDS hosted a Sister Society Session in Argentina! Click Here to view our Speakers and the Event Program.
Lunch after the program was sponsored by Pierre-Fabre
2018 Legacy Celebration
Attendees arrived at the US Grant Hotel and were escorted upstairs to the Presidential Ballroom to celebrate and honor Dr. Pearl E. Grimes for her contributions to the WDS and to the field of Dermatology at the 6th Annual Legacy Celebration. The room was dressed to the 9’s in pearls and orchids, Dr. Grimes’ favorites, and featured a photo booth and delicious dessert station. Dr. Deirdre Hooper welcomed everyone and got the night started. Dr. Mona Gohara and Mike Pietrangelo both spoke fondly of Dr. Grimes and the CARRY Kids even had a few words to say on video for Dr. Grimes! The program wrapped up with a special performance by American Singer/Songwriter Macy Gray and the FullSpectrum Band kept the dance floor packed late into the night!
Congratulations again, Dr. Grimes! We are proud to call you our own!
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The Women’s Dermatologic Society is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization. If you make a general contribution it is tax deductible to the extent permitted under United States law. Donations to the Legacy Fund for which no goods or services were provided are fully deductible, while Legacy Celebration VIP Packages and Tickets are partially deductible based on the good or services received. You will be receiving a letter at the end of the year regarding your donation(s) and what is tax deductible. We greatly appreciate your support!
2018 Annual Meeting Events
Networking Reception Recap
The WDS Annual Meeting & Luncheon Events kicked off on Friday, February 16, 2018 in sunny San Diego, California with the Networking Reception at the US Grant Hotel. Attendees got the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new friends enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
45th Annual Meeting & Luncheon Recap
WDS Members, sponsors, and guests gathered on Sunday afternoon for the WDS’s signature event, the Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Dr. Mary Maloney, WDS President 2017-2018, welcomed everyone and Dr. Wynnis Tom presented the charity Girls Inc. of San Diego with a $2,500 donation on behalf of the WDS. An additional $830 was collected onsite by attendees bringing WDS’s total donation to $3,330 to help send 13 girls to the Girls Inc. of San Diego programs. The election of the new officers and directors was voted on, the bylaws were passed, and we recognized the retiring officers and directors who have served on the Board of Directors over the past four years.
The Annual Awards were presented and the following individuals were recognized: Pearl E. Grimes, MD (Legacy Award), Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD (Rose Hirschler Award), Amy Paller, MS, MD (Wilma Bergfeld, MD Visionary & Leadership Award), David M. Pariser, MD (Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award), Maria K. Hordinsky, MD (Mentor of the Year Award), Wendi Wohltmann, MD (Volunteer of the Year Award), and Elizabeth I. McBurney, MD (President’s Award). Congratulations to all!
Guest speaker Michelle M. Camacho, PhD, Professor and Faculty Administrator at the University of San Diego joined us. She spoke about resilient happiness and expanding toward your greatest potential. She offered her insight on re-learning to lead all parts of your life by taking risks, building a resilient spirit and expanding a personal capacity for happiness.
Dr. Pearl Grimes took the stage to thank Dr. Maloney for her hard work over the past year, and adjourned the meeting as the new 2018-2019 WDS President!
Networking Reception at CDA Annual Conference
Event Location: Fredericton Convention Center | Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Room: Bakers Point
Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm
The Women's Dermatologic Society held a short networking event at the CDA conference. WDS President Mary Maloney, MD gave a presentation entitled "10 Things I Know Now, That I Wish I had Known Then." Attendees took to twitter to announce their enjoyment of the event.
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Networking Luncheon at the ACMS Annual Meeting
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon during the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 5th. The luncheon provided a chance for WDS members and ACMS Meeting attendees to enjoy lunch and share ideas on topics such as finding Mohs fellowships, establishing a Mohs reputation, and finding a work-life balance. The luncheon was attended by residents and established dermatologists alike, which created learning opportunities for those just starting their careers.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 25 individuals to attend this networking event.
Networking Breakfast at the IID Scientific Meeting
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the International Investigative Dermatology Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Both WDS Members and IID Attendees were drawn to the event to network and listen to the panel discussion on overcoming adversity and bias.
Panelists at the breakfast included Ronda Farah, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology; Maria Hordinsky, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota; and Tamia A. Harris-Tyron, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Event was moderated by Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine. The Panelists discussed obstacles such as facing the imposter syndrome – the self-doubt that marginalized groups can have, being an intersectional advocate to create more inclusive environments, and “Queen Bee Syndrome” – the idea that women bosses may be perceived as bossy when placed in leadership roles particularly when having leadership of other women.
Attendees were extremely engaged in the discussion, sharing their own experiences and advice, as well as raising new questions throughout the event. Even the panelists left feeling that they had learned something from the discussion too.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 20 individuals to attend this networking event.
Summer Meeting 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 7:30pm - 9:00pm
WDS Networking Reception | Cite Chicago | Lake Point Tower, 70th Floor
505 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
Join the WDS for a networking reception at Cite Chicago during the AAD Summer Academy. Enjoy exquisite views of the city from the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower, while networking with new and established dermatologists. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
WDS Members: Complimentary
Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
WDS Center | Hyatt Regency Chicago | San Francisco Room
Wifi and refreshments available throughout the day
*No registration is needed for the WDS center
Industry Visioning Work Group (IVWG)
The WDS IVWG was held in Dallas, Texas on Friday, January 19th. The forum was composed of major corporations from around the world and their purpose is to support the research and education missions of WDS. The work group strategically discussed, with Industry Partners and WDS leaders, the common problems we face as a specialty. Circle Topics included Drug Pricing & Compounding, Diversity in Dermatology, and Access to Academic Programs, Prescribing & Generics, Physician / Mid-Level Extenders, and Key Success Measures Industry Wants to Achieve as a Result of their Support. The day was filled with stimulating conversation between physicians and industry partners. This crucial link between dermatologists and the international corporate business community will help expand the conversation and cross boundaries to embrace medical, surgical, oncologic, cosmetic, pediatric, and technical subspecialties.
Thank you to our IVWG moderator, Dr. Neil Sadick and our Circle Presenters Drs. Seemal Desai, Melissa Piliang, Latanya Benjamin, Valerie Callender, Linda Susan Marcus, Alison Ehrlich, Bethanee Schlosser, Lucille White, Molly Hinshaw, Charles Hahn, Adelaide Hebert, and Erin Gilbert.
Membership Enrichment & Leadership Development Forum (MELD)
The MELD weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a Welcome Reception where attendees networked and got better know each other. Some rose with the sun and participated in sunrise yoga with a session about Moving into Mindfulness. We welcomed keynote speaker, Marsheila DeVan, Communication Specialist, who presented “It’s How You Say It; Patients and/or Colleagues”. In the afternoon, the group heard from Drs. Mary Maloney and Riley McLean about Time Management Issues in their session “I Know How She Does It” and Dr. Jenny Murase gave an Update in Women’s Health as it Pertains to Dermatology. After a long day of thought-provoking sessions we got our leis and grass skirts on for a Hula Lesson!
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with three very audience engaging sessions on Developing Resiliency for Wellbeing and Professional and Personal Growth, Female Leadership, and Can I Really Ask that Question to my Friends in WDS, which provided and open forum for members to submit questions they might not be comfortable asking their peers otherwise. New in 2018, the WDS was excited to offer the opportunity for physicians to claim CME Credits for the MELD Forum Sessions.
Thank you to the MELD Planning Task Force Chair, Dr. Kathleen Hectorne and the planning committee members Drs. Seemal Desai, Alison Ehrlich, Lisa A. Garner, Heather Goff, Kachiu Lee, Neil Sadick, and Lucille White.
In October, our WDS Media Day Committee gathered with the editors of leading international beauty and women's health magazines and well-known beauty bloggers and social media influencers for the WDS 2017 Media Day Conference at the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
Our panel of dermatologists, led by Dr. Susan Taylor, Chair of our Media Day Committee, presented updates on scientific innovations in dermatology and aesthetic medicine, covering topics chosen by survey and suggestions of our WDS members including: At Home Technologies, Pigmentary Disorders, Hair Loss in Women, and Emerging Technologies, followed by a question and answer session on facts vs. fiction in the arena of skin health.
On behalf of our WDS Board of Directors and Council on Communications, we thank you and congratulate Dr. Taylor and the entire Media Day team, our speakers Dr. Cheryl Burgess, Dr. Valerie Callender, Dr. Nada Elbuluk, Dr. Kachiu Lee, Dr. Shari Lipner, Dr. Neil Sadick, Dr. Susan Taylor, and Dr. Mara Weinstein Velez, and our outstanding WDS staff members on a successful event.
Also as special thank you to our sponsors Epionce, Orth-Dermatologics, Pfizer, Nutrafol, SkinBetter Science, and Viviscal Professional for their generous support.
WDS Reception & Panel Discussion at Maui Derm
On January 29, 2018, on behalf of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Dr. Lenore Kakita, Past President; Dr. Mary Maloney, Current President; and Dr. Julia Baltz, Resident Representative were asked to facilitate a discussion at the 14th Annual Maui Derm Meeting entitled, “The Future of Dermatology or its Demise.” Included on the panel were Dr. Barbara Gilchrest of Harvard Medical School, Dr. James Leyden of the University of Pennsylvania, Victor Bulto Vice President of Novartis Immunology and Dermatology, and Robert Bitterman, Sr. CEO of Cutanea Life Sciences. What ensued was a lively discussion of technology in Dermatology, patient access to a growing arsenal of medications, and the resultant rise in healthcare costs.
Dr. Maloney started the evening by inviting panelists to give their opinion on patients’ increased access to their healthcare record. Mr. Bulto of Novartis was quick to point out that there is an at times discordant balance of power between the various stakeholders of health, including the patient, the provider, and the payer, but that ultimately increasing patient engagement leads to better patient outcomes. Similarly Dr. Gilchrest and Dr. Baltz agreed that increased patient engagement is inevitable and it behooves providers to educate their patients on the ways in which to use this technology to effect positive change on both the micro level of individual patient care and on a macro level in developing systems based models that integrate technology.
When discussing the Electronic Medical Record panelists readily admitted to frustration with a disruption of meaningful patient-provider interactions and the immense amount of after-hours work that falls on the physician. Despite these frustrations, panelists agreed that in time the EMR could provide useful information for medical innovation through the collection of Big Data.
Similarly the group felt that teledermatology and increased access to diagnostic technology are additional high impact inevitabilities in our specialty. Drs. Leyden, Gilchrest, and Maloney cited increasing evidence on the ways in which technology can improve access to care and diagnostic accuracy.
Specialty pharmacies and the high cost of biologic medications were topics of particular interest and concern to panelists and audience members alike. Mr. Bitterman provided an excellent overview of the reasons that a pharmaceutical company may choose to contract with specialty pharmacies preferentially over chain drugstores. Notably, specialty pharmacies allow for agreed upon pricing of medications, thus standardizing the reimbursement to the company and the amount paid by a patient. In contrast, chain drug stores have a greater ability to substitute the prescribed drug with a generic or therapeutic equivalent in order to maximize profitability. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) are instrumental in setting the formulary for various healthcare plans. PBMs are incentivized to put more expensive medications on formulary, as this leads to higher percentage based rebates from drug manufactures to PBMs. The group concluded on the need for better transparency at every level of the drug delivery system.
In answer to the closing question on medication pricing, Mr. Bulto and Mr. Bitterman elucidated to the group the ways in which drug prices are decided. The multifactorial metrics of drug pricing include societal value of a drug, geographic variations on cost of living and access, as well as the investment of research and development in the setting of an increasingly saturated market.
The panel discussion as led by Drs. Kakita, Maloney, and Baltz allowed for a spirited debate between clinical and research physicians and our partners in the pharmaceutical industry. It is safe to say that a greater level of understanding was reached on both sides as to the intricacies of providing care in a rapidly changing medical landscape, and the evening radiated a spirit of optimism as to the future of Dermatology.
Networking Breakfast at the ASDS Annual Meeting
Event Location: Phoenix, AZ
Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Room: Grand Sonoran J-K
Time: 7:00am - 8:00am
The Women's Dermatologic Society invites you to join us for a Networking Breakfast on Saturday, October 13 from 7:00am – 8:00am in Grand Sonoran J-K at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ. The breakfast is open to all WDS Members and ASDS Meeting Attendees, and will offer an opportunity to network with dermatologist at all levels in their careers. Breakfast will be provided.
Women's Dermatology Leadership Meeting
Dermatologists and industry representatives gathered on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada for the Inaugural Women in Dermatology Leadership Meeting. Inspired by the annual WDS January retreat, the meeting offered a full day of networking and education, with an emphasis on the development of leadership skills. Although the room was mainly full of women, nearly a dozen men joined the event, either as panelists or attendees.
The morning kicked off with a welcome message from Dr. Julie Powell, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA). Setting the stage for the day, she gave an overview of the realities of women in leadership positions across Canada. Dr. Powell then turned the floor over to Dr. Pearl Grimes, WDS President, for her talk on building leadership. Grimes pointed out that great leaders, including Martin Luther King, Oprah, and Mahatma Gandhi, have three common attributes: passion, belief, and the ability to move others. The critical takeaway from Grimes’ discussion was leaders genuinely engage others at a personal level to make others feel like part of the group.
The event continued with communication specialist Marsheila DeVan's presenting on Communicating with Impact. Feeling empowered to take on the world attendees then were ready to discuss how to handle situations that life throws at us – from natural disasters to security incidents, Dr. Grimes and Dr. Rendon provided respective experience of planning for large-scale natural events, and having a crisis management plan in place.
Rounding out the event, panel discussion began on industry and physicians, and then on to world perspectives on women in leadership, as viewed by men. The day ended with a communications workshop lead by Marsheila DeVan, focusing on presentation skills and working the room.
Thank you to WDS & CDA member Dr. Alfsaneh Alavi for taking the lead on such an incredible event!
Networking Reception during the CDA Annual Conference
Event Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Venue & Room: Le Westin Montreal | Ramezay Room, 8th Floor
Time: 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Join the WDS during the CDA Annual Conference for an opportunity to network with other WDS Members and CDA Annual Conference Attendees. All are welcome to attend! Registration is Free!
Regional Educational Series November
Event Location: New York, NY
WDS has partnered with Pfizer to create a series of educational events in 2018. These events will be a great opportunity for members and non-members alike to network and learn something new.
The November event will be hosted by Dr. Mary Stevenson. More information available soon.
Regional Educational Series April
Dr. Lucia Diaz, Pediatric Dermatologist at Dell Medical School UT Austin, and Dr. Heidi Prather, Cosmetic and Laser Dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology, co-hosted the inaugural WDS Regional Networking Event in Austin, TX on Thursday April 26, 2018. This event was sponsored by Pfizer to support the Women’s Dermatologic Society and promote local networking within the community. Guest speakers included Rodan Luo, JD, Innovation Consultant and Associate Director of Business Transformation at R/GA, and Makenzi Hogan, Founder of East Seventy Second Marketing and Consultation.
Drs. Heidi Prather and Lucia Diaz led a panel with our guest speakers to discuss the influence of social media on patient access to medical advice and how this is impacting the field of dermatology in the private and academic setting. The current culture of social media allows non-experts to be a convenient and readily available source for medical information, thus changing who patients ‘choose’ to be the best source of knowledge. Ongoing innovations within healthcare, such as teledermatology, to redesign the patient experience will continue to define board certified dermatologists as the expert source for information about skin and skin disease. Topics of conversation included a push for board certified dermatologists to embrace this new wave of information consumerism by using social media for patient education and consumer information.
WDS Session at Spring Continental Congress of Dermatology
During the 2018 Spring Continental Congress of the Iranian Dermatologic Society held at the International Congress Centre in Tehran this past April, Prof Alireza Firooz, President of the Congress, allowed the WDS to host a symposium on women’s dermatology. Prof Dedee Murrell, Chair of the International Sections of WDS, was invited to Co-Chair the Symposium with Dr. Luitgard Wiest of Germany, Prof Maryam Daneshpahzooh of Tehran and Prof Simin Meymandi of Iran; all WDS members.
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, roughly 200 delegates packed the Attar room D during the 2.5 hour session. Dedee Murrell opened the symposium with a presentation on the history of the WDS, followed by Simin Meymandi, talking about leishmaniasis in Iran. This was followed by a most popular and entertaining talk by Pegah Ceric-Dehdari of Dubai on optimizing fillers for women. Changing tack to the more serious topic of managing pemphigus during pregnancy was Prof Maryam Daneshpahzooh of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Razi Hospital.
WDS stalwart Martin Kassir gave an eloquent speech on how men could support the WDS, citing as examples the inspiration he thought Drs. Wiest, Murrell and Mansouri each brought to the younger prospective members from their careers and interests. Maryam Giasi spoke on psoriasis during pregnancy, followed by Parvin Mansouri on how to get rid of dark circles under the eyes.
Luitgard Wiest closed the session, which was very interactive, by inviting prospective members to join the speakers for lunch. Roughly 60 guests attended the luncheon in a VIP area of the congress centre, kindly provided by the congress by arrangement of Prof Alireza Firooz, where a lot of interaction took place.
In 2020 there will be another opportunity for the WDS to exchange with the Iranian society. Meanwhile, many who attended have joined the WDS as international members!
WDS Parade of Roses at the EADV
Event Location: Paris, France
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
WDS will be hosting the "Parade of Roses" in Paris, France at the EADV 27th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. WDS Members will present on topics in dermatology and overall women's health.
More information to come soon!