4th Annual Practical Symposium | 2017 Update

2016 CME hike Practical Symposium

 Practical Symposium – Learn. Explore. Network.

Summertime is almost upon us and that means it’s time to start planning your trip to Beaver Creek for the fourth annual Practical Dermatology & Dermatopathology Symposium. Dr. Clay J. Cockerell and the symposium faculty are pleased to announce that the agenda topics for this year are almost finalized. This summer’s meeting will be held Thursday August 10th – Sunday August 13th at the Park Hyatt Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Session topics planned for this year will cover everything from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers to pediatric dermatology, rare and infectious diseases and SRT in dermatology. Stay up to date on what’s new in the field and join our panel discussion on histologic conundrums and reports. The AK mini symposium will cover photodynamic therapies, prevention and more. You’ll also learn the importance of being able to recognize and combat burnout not only for yourself but for those you work around on a daily basis.

The faculty is comprised of a variety of specialists within the field of dermatology, ranging from cosmetic experts to dermatopathology gurus. The meeting curriculum is a great fit for dermatologists, Mohs surgeons, dermatopathologists, pathologists, physician extenders and other clinicians. The Practical Symposium is also perfect for residents and fellows who are preparing for certification exams, attending physicians who are preparing for re-certification exams and physicians who interact with clinicians and other researchers.

The core concept of the Practical Symposium is to explore the relationships that are formed within our field and how dermatologists and dermatopathologists work together to make accurate diagnosis and plan optimal treatments for our patients. Clinicopathologic correlation can also guide research and new drug and device development within dermatology. We will explore the important connections found between dermatology, dermatopathology and industry in a number of sessions.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Hikecme hike practical symposium

After having received rave reviews last year, the CME hike at Beaver Creek will be back by popular demand this year. One hiker even commented, “The CME hike was the highlight of my summer.” This continuing medical education hike is truly a unique experience. The curriculum was designed by James Allred, MD, a dermatologist who will lead the group to the top of the mountain via gondola and then along breathtaking trails. Hands on specimens of bugs, snakes and plants are provided and combined with group discussions on outdoor dermatology. This is a fantastic way to combine the great outdoors (and we mean great – look at those views) and an educational experience you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.


Self James Allred cme hike practical symposiumPaced Slide Review

Another favorite – the self-paced slide review will also be back this year. This is the perfect chance to review for upcoming exams and test your skills at the microscope. The slides are laid out in a quiet location so you can review and take the quiz at your own pace. Answers and explanations of each diagnosis are also provided. In addition, the evening session includes a review of great cases and an MOC quiz.

You can see the full agenda on our meeting website – practicalsymposium.com/agenda >>


Why have the Meeting in Beaver Creek?

Beaver Creek and the surrounding Vail Valley is a well-known destination for family vacations and provides a very open and family friendly atmosphere. The Practical Symposium is intended to be a smaller, more intimate meeting in order to give those who attend a chance to interact on a more personal level with the speakers, industry members and fellow colleagues.

The agenda format is designed to give attendees a balanced schedule. Start each day of the meeting with breakfast followed by early morning sessions that run until noon. Afternoons are left open in order to provide time for you to review slides, attend the CME hike, mingle with other attendees and the exhibitors or enjoy some of the surrounding beauty that Beaver Creek offers. Evening sessions include a review of great cases and the MOC quiz. Afterwards, be sure to join us for an evening reception with the exhibitors and supporters who make the Practical Symposium possible. The meeting is ultimately designed so that you will come away feeling refreshed and that you have added to your own wealth of knowledge.

The Practical Symposium is certified for ~ 25 CME and 75 MOC credit hours through both the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology.


Register Today

If you are thinking about attending this year’s symposium, you can find more details about the meeting on our website at practicalsymposium.com.

We are currently offering early bird pricing for registration so be sure to sign up before May 31 to take advantage of the discounted rates. We also have a block of rooms reserved at the Park Hyatt where the conference will be held so that attendees of our conference can receive discounted room rates. Hotel reservation requests are based on a first come – first serve basis so we encourage you to book rooms early. See more details on the hotel and travel arrangements at practicalsymposium/travel-information.

If you are an industry member, there are multiple sponsorship and promotional opportunities available including support of receptions and workshops. See more information for exhibitors >>

We hope to see you in Beaver Creek for a truly unique educational experience.

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