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ASDS provides residents with online education

Kyle Coleman

Kyle Coleman

A series of web-based dermatologic surgery educational lectures available from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is helping to provide additional education opportunities for residency programs.   

The five lectures in the Better Surgical Education video series – developed by Kyle M. Coleman, M.D., as part of the ASDS Future Leaders Network – focus on dermatologic surgery topics and procedures.  

Coleman chose to develop the series because while most dermatology residency programs thoroughly cover medical dermatology, the number and quality of surgical lectures varied widely. “In talking to residents from around the country, it became clear to me that ASDS could make an impact in this area,” he said.

Professors can use the lectures to supplement existing curriculum as stand-alone lectures or as pre- or post-lecture instruction, Coleman said. The series includes information on skin and facial aging as well as interpolation, transposition and advancement flaps.

ASDS members teach the lectures, available at no cost to residents. “They’re the experts in the field,” said Coleman, who practices in Austin, Texas. “What better way to provide this information than with lectures accessible to all via the Internet and taught by leading dermatologic surgeons?”  

“Hopefully these videos will serve as a framework to create a more robust surgical curriculum that is widely and easily available for resident instruction,” said Chad L. Prather, M.D., who practices in Baton Rouge, La. Prather presents one of the video lectures and served as Coleman’s mentor in the Future Leaders Network, an ASDS leadership development initiative.  

The Better Surgical Education series can drive innovation in the field and advance the dermatologic surgery subspecialty, Coleman said. He hopes others will add to the series, creating an all-encompassing curriculum in dermatologic surgery education.  

Another set of lectures – also available at no charge to dermatology residents – focuses on basic surgery topics. The ASDS Dermatologic Surgery Fundamentals series was developed through the Future Leaders Network by Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., with guidance and support from her mentor, Naomi Lawrence, M.D. The presentations focus on surgical tray components and instrument sterilization; sutures and wound closure materials; electrosurgery; wound healing; and suturing techniques.  

Her series offers surgery fundamentals appropriate for all dermatology residents, regardless of their post-graduate year level. Mariwalla said she hopes residency programs consider including the Fundamentals series in dermatology residency curricula. A third set of web-based lectures that will be part of the Fundamentals series is in progress.  

“The already completed lectures and the others currently under way form the nucleus of a high-quality learning library for dermatologic surgeons,” said ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. “Providing continuous professional growth through education is a core ASDS value. In addition, a core ASDS goal is to develop, sustain and transfer a body of knowledge about dermatologic surgery. These presentations lay the groundwork for expanded education and the potential for an easily available surgical curriculum via ASDS.”  

Coleman said he believes that providing easy access to instruction can help standardize resident teaching and create a better future for dermatologic surgeons. “As the leaders in dermatologic surgery, ASDS is best positioned” to create this curriculum, he said.  

Prather noted that ASDS is seen as “an authoritative source for cosmetic dermatologic, Mohs and reconstructive surgery. This series keeps ASDS at the forefront as the field expands to encompass new training methods and ever-expanding modes of outreach to interested learners,” he said.  

Dermatology residents can access the Better Surgical Education video series on Quest, the ASDS digital knowledge network. 


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