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ATSU Continuing Education

december, 2016

01dec8:00 am11:00 amBig Cedar 2016 | Pre-Conference | Skin Surgery Part IIIBig Cedar | Skin Surgery Part III


Event Details

Skin Surgery Part III – Hands-on Workshop

December 1 – 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

*No pre-requisite required. Separate registration required. Click here to register for the Big Cedar 2016 | Primary Care Update Conference | Dec. 1-3, 2016

**Maximum of 25 participants**


3 of AOA Category 1-A credits

  • Regular through Nov. 16, 2016$200
  • Late Registration Nov. 17-30, 2016$225
  • On-Site Registration Dec. 1, 2016$250


Cancellation/Fee Refund Policy
  • 21+ days prior to the activity start date: Full tuition refund less the $50 administrative fee
  • 14-21 days prior to the activity start date: 50% tuition less the $50 administrative fee
  • 1-14 days prior to the activity start date: No tuition refund

A. T. Still University will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.



This course is designed for physicians, PA’s, and other medical professionals seeking to enhance their suturing, biopsy and diagnostic skills with skin disorders and treatment methods.  New dermatological procedures, evaluation and treatment options will be taught with hands-on practice.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased proficiency in the management of common office dermatologic procedures
  • Identify skin lesions that should be biopsied and those that can be surgically treated in the primary care setting
  • Describe, diagnose and practice excising various benign and malignant skin lesions
  • Discuss when to refer patients for sub-specialty care

 Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, PA’s, and other medical professionals seeking to enhance their suturing, biopsy and diagnostic skills with skin disorders and treatment methods.

Educational Need

Primary Care providers provide most of the evidence-based disease prevention and screening within the current Healthcare system and play a primary role in detecting skin cancer especially since one in six Americans develops skin cancer at some point. Additionally, Melanoma, the eighth most common malignancy in the United States, is the cancer with the most rapidly increasing incidence. One in 1,500 Americans born in 1935 were likely to develop melanoma, compared with one in 105 persons born in 1993. During a 2-year period, 36.5% of patients who presented to their primary care physician had at least one skin problem.

There remains a gap between the recommended preventive services and actual practice. Practicing Primary Care physicians have limited knowledge and training on properly excising skin lesions especially those that are suspected of being malignant. More information about proper excision techniques for improved patient outcomes and actual practice with various excision methods and suturing is needed. The incidence and mortality rates of skin cancers are dramatically increasing and thus pose a threat to public health. In primary care settings, sensitivity of clinical examination for diagnosing skin cancer has been reported to range from 40% to 80%.

This hands-on skin workshop will provide instruction and performance enhancement opportunities with experienced dermatologists to enhance and properly perform basic closure, manage pitfalls and manage skin cancer cases.

Professional Practice Gap

New information is available about treatment options and the best methods for physicians to perform skin biopsies and suturing techniques.  There are times when primary care physicians know the information, but they do not have the time or resources research the latest data and apply that knowledge into practice.  Gaps can occur in how a primary care physician manages skin diseases and lesions and how they can improve the quality of care they deliver.  The number of consultations per year for suspect skin lesions has increased 7.3% per year.  PCP’s perform minor excisions 31.2% of the time and this imposes an increasing burden on primary healthcare providers.  They need to be properly trained in diagnosing, excising and treating skin lesions. PCP’s need information about early detection of skin cancers and increased access to dermatology resources and training from these specialists.

Desired Outcomes

Learners require more Up-to-date evidence-based information, facts and better strategies to treat skin lesions and especially those suspected of being malignant.  This activity was designed to improve both knowledge through education and competence by now having the ability to apply new techniques learned in the hands-on session to their practice.

  • Knowledge
  • Competence
  • Performance

AOA Core Competencies

  • Osteopathic Philosophy/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Accreditation Statement

A.T. Still University (ATSU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

ATSU designates this program for a maximum of 3 of AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.


Evidence-Based Content: It is the policy of the ATSU to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

ATSU Disclosure Policy: All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, CESC, presenters, faculty, authors) participating in an educational activity provided by the ATSU are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. ATSU must determine if the individual’s relationships may influence the educational content and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

Disclosure Statement: It is the policy of the ATSU Continuing Education Department to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.  Faculty disclosures will be made in the course syllabus and/or during faculty introductions.  The audience is advised that one or more presentations in this continuing education activity may contain references of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices.

Resolution/Mechanism of Identified Conflict of Interest: Independent sources of review include the following: All disclosures will be reviewed by the program/course directors, CE Assistant Vice President, or CE Director for identification of conflicts of interest. Reviewers, working with the program directors will document the mechanism(s) for management and resolution of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to resolve conflict of interest:

  • Peer review for valid, evidence-based content of all materials associated with an educational activity by the course/program director
  • Limit content to evidence with no recommendations
  • Introduction of a debate format with an unbiased moderator (point-counterpoint)
  • Inclusion of moderated panel discussion
  • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
  • Limit equipment representatives to providing logistics and operation support only in procedural demonstrations
  • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty-The reviewer should be a physician or other scientist with knowledge of the specialty area being reviewed and often times the Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education will perform this first review and can then appoint an independent reviewer.-The independent reviewer is not be involved in the planning of this CME Activity and cannot have a relationship with any corporate entity supporting the CME activity.-The reviewer should have a copy of this policy and a copy of the Standards for Commercial Support to fully grasp their responsibilities as the reviewer.Off-Label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

It is the policy of the ATSU to require the disclosure of all references to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices prior to the presentation of educational content. The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

Disclaimer: The opinions and recommendations expressed by the presenters and planners of educational content in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the ATSU.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration and attendance at or participation in ATSU meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to ATSU’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Audio, Video and Photographic Equipment: The use of audio, video and other photographic recording equipment by attendees is prohibited inside ATSU meeting rooms.

Reproduction Permission: Reproduction of written materials developed for this ATSU course is prohibited without the written permission from individual authors and ATSU.

Special Assistance: ATSU complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act §12112(a). If any participant is in need of special assistance or has any dietary restrictions, please see the CE staff at the registration desk or call 660-626-2232 for assistance.

Big Cedar Lodge

612 Devil’s Pool Rd
Ridgedale (Branson), Mo. 65739

Phone: (417) 339-5233
Reservation Contact: Kim Johnson |
Group Code: 61A31H

HOTEL CUT-OFF: Nov. 2, 2016

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Big Cedar Lodge

612 Devil's Pool Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739


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