Wednesday, November 6 - Saturday, November 9, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

Skin Conditions and Diseases Live Course

Get practical tips and methods for addressing common skin issues and conditions in your practice. Learn from expert faculty presenting on relevant family medicine topics, including challenging rashes, skin lesions, dermoscopy, skin cancer, hair follicle disorders, and more.

Skin Conditions and Diseases

November 6-9, 2019

Las Vegas, NV
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino



Registration Fees

AAFP Member

New Physician

Student or Resident

Allied Health



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Earning CME Credit

Approved for up to 28 AAFP Prescribed credits:

Course: up to 21 Prescribed credits
Optional Sessions: up to 7 Prescribed credits or
PCSS-MAT Waiver Training: 8 Elective credits

Additional fees and registration apply for optional sessions and the PCSS-MAT Waiver Training. View all statements and agreements »

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Improve adherence to evidence-based clinical guidelines in practice.
  • Learn to assess and treat acute and chronic dermatologic conditions.
  • Demonstrate technique and skills from hands-on procedural sessions.
  • Recognize when to refer to or consult with other specialists to provide optimal patient care.

Event Schedule

Download the complete schedule(4 page PDF), which includes session times, topics, and faculty.

Wednesday, November 6
Wednesday, November 6 : 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Registration/Hot Breakfast Provided
Wednesday, November 6 : 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Wednesday, November 6 : 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Wednesday, November 6 : 1:30 - 5:15 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 7: 6:45 - 7:30 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Thursday, November 7: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, November 7: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Thursday, November 7: 1:30 - 6:15 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Friday, November 8
Friday, November 8: 6:45 - 7:45 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Friday, November 8: 7:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Friday, November 8: 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Friday, November 8: 1:30 - 6:15 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 9 : 6:45 - 7:45 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Saturday, November 9 : 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.General Sessions
Saturday, November 9 : 12:30 p.m.Course Adjourn

*Separate registration and fee required.
Note: Schedule is subject to change.


Note: Topics are subject to change.

  • Acne + Case Studies
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Alopecia
  • Bacterial Skin Infections
  • Challenging Rashes
  • Coding, Billing & Value Based Payment
  • Common Surgical Procedures
  • Contact Dermatitis & Patch Testing
  • Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease
  • Cutaneous Viral Infections
  • Dermoscopy Introduction
  • Eczema & Atopic Dermatitis + Case Studies
  • Fungal Skin Infections
  • Hidradenitis and Follicular Disorders
  • Infestations (lice, scabies, bed bugs)
  • Nail Disorders
  • Nevi & Melanoma + Case Studies
  • Psoriasis + Case Studies
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrhea
  • Skin Lesions: Biopsy or Not?
  • Skin Manifestations of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma/Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Terminology of Skin Disorders
  • Topical & Intralesional Steroids
  • Urticaria and Drug Eruptions
  • Wound Care, Skin Ulcers and Pressure Sores

How to Add Optional Sessions

Separate registration and fee required to attend a session. Seats are limited and are only available to course registrants. Select a session during online registration.

Already registered for the course? You may now edit your registration online to add a session. Register now »

Optional Sessions

Hands-on Biopsy and Suturing Techniques

(#101) Thursday, November 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Choose preferred suturing methods for wound closure.
  • Perform local anesthesia with minimal pain and maximum effectiveness for patients.
  • Evaluate options for skin biopsy, including shave punch, and excisional biopsies.
  • Compare appropriate biopsy selections for skin lesions depending upon the type of lesion and its expected depth.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing shave, punch, and excisional biopsies.

Cryosurgery and Electrosurgery

(#102) Thursday, November 7, 3:45-5:45 p.m. or
(#105) Friday, November 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Explore cryosurgery and electrosurgery as methods for destroying benign and malignant lesions, controlling bleeding or cutting/excising tissue.
  • Evaluate the risks, benefits, complications, indications and contraindications of cryosurgery and electrosurgery.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in cryosurgery and electrosurgery techniques.

Minimal Epidermoid (Sebaceous) Cyst Removal

(#103) Thursday, November 7, 3:45-5:45 p.m.

  • Analyze the pathogenesis of sebaceous and epidermoid cysts.
  • Compare the various excision techniques for removal of epidermal/sebaceous cysts
  • Demonstrate the ability to remove cysts using the standard excision with buried subcutaneous suture closure.

Nail Procedures

(#104) Thursday, November 7, 3:45-5:45 p.m. or
(#106) Friday, November 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of normal nail anatomy and conditions for which nail procedures are typically indicated.
  • Assess nail conditions and determine appropriate treatment plans for differing patient populations, based upon evidence-based recommendations.
  • Educate patients on appropriate post-operative nail care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing nail procedures.

Advanced Suturing Techniques

(#107) Friday, November 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of advanced suturing techniques.
  • Utilize different surgical materials, which may include appropriate wound closure materials or surgical instruments.
  • Compare routes of administration for anesthesia needs.


(#108) Friday, November 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Integrate the two-step algorithm with dermoscopic examination of skin lesions to determine the need for a biopsy.
  • Evaluate different skin lesions using dermoscopy to identify patterns of skin cancer.
  • Explain the application of the three types of dermoscopic techniques: 1) classic or standard contact, 2) polarized contact; and 3) polarized non-contact.
  • Utilize dermoscopy to differentiate benign nevi from melanoma

PCSS-MAT Waiver Training (Thursday and Friday)

(#109) Thursday, November 7, 2:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. AND Friday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 

AAFP is working with American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) to provide this 8 hour MAT waiver training for providers.

PCSS-MAT offers free 8 hour MAT waiver training for providers to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Physicians require 8 hours of training on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to obtain a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners must also take the 8 hour MAT waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training, all provided by PCSS-MAT.

PCSS-MAT is a national training and clinical mentoring project developed in response to the opioid use disorder crisis. Learn more about the training(

Non-CME Poster Session

Wednesday, November 6 – 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 7 – 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A limited number of posters will be accepted. View guidelines(1 page PDF) for poster submission. Posters are due by Friday, October 4. For more information, contact Nina Carnoali at

Invited Faculty

Richard P. Usatine, MD, FAAFP, Course Chair - Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Gerald A. Amundsen, MD - Private Practice, Mustang Family Physicians, Mustang, Oklahoma

Edward A. Jackson, MD, FAAFP - Medical Director, Florida Hospital Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency, Orlando, Florida

Jonathan Karnes, MD - Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, MDFMR Dermatology Services, Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, Augusta, Maine

Catherine L. Kowalewski, DO, FACP, FAAD - Associate Professor of Dermatology, Assistant Program Director, University of Texas Health Science Center; Chief of Dermatology, South Texas Veterans Health Care Services, San Antonio, Texas

Daniel L. Stulberg, MD, FAAFP - Professor of Family & Community Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Course Materials

Registration includes online access to the full-color syllabus and other on-site resources one week before the course. A hard copy of the full-color syllabus may be purchased for $79.95 when registering for the course. A limited number of syllabuses will be available for purchase on site. Additional information will be provided by email after you register.

Hotel Information

The following hotel is available for accommodations during this course. Contact the hotel to make arrangements for your stay. Making reservations early is encouraged.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino(
3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (866) 317-1829*
Group Code: SMAMS9
*If making phone reservations, a $15 plus current sales tax fee will be applied.

Rate: $165 Single/Double Occupancy
+ current tax rate

+ $35 per day resort fee

Accommodation Cutoff -- October 14, 2019

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

Note: A limited number of rooms at the discounted group rate are available for conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be guaranteed by the AAFP. 

  • Reservations made after October 14, 2019, will be confirmed on a rate and space available basis. The conference rate is not guaranteed for reservations made after this date.
  • Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino guarantees reservation by credit card. Credit cards will be charged for first night's guestroom and tax at the time of reservation.
  • Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • 50% discount on self-parking

CME Credit Statement

This Live activity, Skin Conditions and Diseases, with a beginning date of November 6, 2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 28 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Live activity for a maximum of 28 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
View more credit agreements »

Session provided by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry: 

This Live activity, 8 Hour MAT Waiver Training, with a beginning date of 11/7/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 8 Elective credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Can't attend live?


The self-study option offers you to learn on your schedule. Learn more »