James S. Taylor, Jacob Levitt, Scott Norton, Maria Hordinsky, Rick Guidotti 2015-04-22 01:24:33
Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship: To Err is Human: Optimizing Patient Safety in Office Practice Patient Safety is an integral part of our health care system and helps define the highest quality patient care by emphasizing the reporting, analysis and prevention of medical errors. While dermatologists practice top level innovative care with great patient value, medical errors and near misses still occur. We must continue to identify and correct systems issues that contribute to errors, and work as a team with our office personnel to sustain a culture of patient safety. We should more actively engage patients in their care, utilize the methods of high reliability organizations to effect change, and continue to make the right thing to do the only option. Derm Drugs: The Price is Too Darn High! The prices of drugs have been increasing at an alarming rate. I will attempt to define the increase in generic drug prices in the U.S. and the reasons behind it. I will focus on: a) potential flaws in pricing assumptions with respect to generic drugs, and b) the impact of pricing on consumers. The theory underlying generic drugs assumes that the generic drug will be less expensive than its brand name equivalent. The thesis also presumes that the generic competitor who is in the market with the lowest price will get almost 100% market share. Relying on a scramble for market share, lawmakers and regulators assume that multiple entrants into a generic market would engage in fierce price competition, driving down prices for generic drugs, resulting in lower prices to consumers, insurance companies and the government. I will explain why these assumptions may not be correct. Emerging and Infectious Disease The phrases “emerging diseases” and “re-emerging diseases”, unknown two decades ago, have entered the general lexicon and are commonly used by the medical, public health, and lay communities. One often thinks that emerging diseases are infectious diseases, although definitions provided by WHO and CDC remind us that some chronic, non-communicable conditions are emerging (or re-emerging), too. Dermatology has its share of emerging and re-emerging diseases. Traditionally, physicians acquire information about these diseases from anthropocentric reports in medical journals and in news media – but to fully understand the factors that enable a disease to emerge (or re-emerge), one must adopt a new cognitive paradigm. In this presentation, we will use dermatologic examples to explain the human, biotic, and abiotic factors that underlie the premise of an emerging disease. Clinical Dilemmas in Dermatology Description TBD Positive Exposure: Guest Speaker Rick is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization, working with individuals living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral difference. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights. Rick Guidotti’s Positive Exposure photo and video presentation explores the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages. Positive Exposure provides new opportunities to see individuals living with a genetic difference first and foremost as a human being with his/her own challenges rather than as a specific diagnosis/disease entity.
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