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Dr. Rosen is Professor of Dermatology, Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine, and Chief of Dermatology Service, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

Welcome back, Medscape Readers! This month in Dermatology, we speak with Dr. Ted Rosen about several topics, including his upcoming 2023 Skin of Color Update  presentation on Connective Tissue Diseases in Patients With Skin of Color. We also cover a variety of hot button topics in this installment of Rapid Fire! With…Ted Rosen.

Last month we spoke with faculty Dr. David Cohen on psoriasis treatment, specifically promising products in the pipeline, the data on IL-17 or an IL-23 blocker being utilized first for psoriasis versus TNF blockers, future impactful products in the pipeline, and the challenge of keeping up with treatment options and the literature supporting them. Click here if you missed it! 

Thank you to Dr. Rosen for his time and expertise this month. Enjoy the start of the fall season and happy reading! —Colleen Hutchinson

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2023 Skin of Color Update  

October 6–8, 2023 | New York Hilton Midtown | New York, NY

  • Educate dermatology clinicians and trainees to best ​diagnose and treat dermatologic disorders in populations with skin of color, including those that disproportionately affect higher skin phototypes. 
  • Educate clinicians and trainees to best treat the aesthetic needs of patients with skin of color.
  • Provide the latest updates on diagnostic, therapeutic, and cosmetic treatment best practices for dermatologic conditions in populations with skin of color.
  • Equip practitioners to deliver safe, effective, and culturally competent care to a diverse patient population.
  • Click here to register!

46th Annual Hawaii Derm 2024 

  • Presidents’ Week February 19, 2024 
  • In-person event!
  • World-class faculty bring the latest dermatological advancements with presentations that go beyond the podium.
  • New developments in aesthetic medicine to the latest breakthroughs in the treatment of skin diseases.
  • Acne to atopic dermatitis, psoriasis to skin cancers, surgical pearls to nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, and more.
  • Click here to register!

Rapid Fire: Ted Rosen 

Most critical new advance in my area of dermatology treatment: Use of dermoscopy to evaluate vulvar lesions.

A pearl from my upcoming talk: Because erythema may be subtle in skin of color, when assessing for connective tissue disorders, look for skin swelling, tenderness, and dyschromia instead of redness.

Most controversial issue/debate in treatment: When to suspect sexual abuse and notify Child Protective Services.

Something not ready for prime time but will be a critical weapon to add to the arsenal if/when approved: Berdazimer 10.3% gel for molluscum in both children and adults.

My mentor: Dr. John Knox, the first chair of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. He told me: "Follow your dreams."

Best part about my job: Relieving pain and pruritus, while occasionally saving a life.

What I’m looking forward to at the 2023 Skin of Color Update: Most up-to-date pragmatic and relevant clinical tips and pearls from the experts.

Favorite book: Of all time? Dracula by Bram Stoker. Most recently? The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Randel.

Med school class you’d love to take again: Considering my fascination with sexually transmitted diseases, I'd like to take Urology again.

Most reliable dermatology treatment in my treatment armamentarium: I love, love, love imiquimod. It works for so many things, but not acne!

What I tell new med students: Find an area that you enjoy and pursue it. That way, you never go to "work."

Best advice I have received: I was reluctant to attend medical school because the sight of blood bothered me. My father told me, "Don't worry. All bleeding stops."

Dermatology Resource Section: 

Cutis Clinical Review: Complications of Body Piercings: A Systematic Review

NEJM Image of the Week: Lonomia obliqua Envenomation

Dermatology News Cosmeceutical Critique: Almonds and almond oil

JAMA Dermatology Viewpoint: Research Fever in Dermatology—A Symptom of a Larger Problem

Dermatology News Article: Polypodium leucotomos found to reverse AK skin damage