The 31st Annual Masters of Pediatric Dermatology (MOPD) Symposium came to an end on Friday, Feb. 10. It was a jam-packed two days of clinical pediatric dermatology education, featuring some of the nation’s top industry experts.
Lawrence A. Schachner, MD, kicked off DAY ONE by introducing the event and his esteemed colleagues. What followed was a two-hour Therapeutic Masterclass featuring several well-known pediatric dermatologists, including Elaine C. Siegfried, MD, Brittany G. Craiglow, MD, and Mercedes E. Gonzalez, MD. Faculty and attendees enjoyed a networking break, where they had the opportunity to refuel and catch up with colleagues before entering into the afternoon sessions.
This began with a special session on dermatologic care for adolescent patients, a particularly pertinent subject area, due to the sometimes delicate nature of their condition and subsequent effects on mental health.
Later, Karan Lal, DO, MS, examined skin conditions associated with inner-city pollution, and Anna L. Bruckner, MD, dove into the pros and cons of telemedicine, providing her own pearls to attendees. After an exciting day one, faculty and attendees enjoyed the Ultimate Miami Party, complete with salsa dancing, the perfect end to a great day of learning.
The second and FINAL DAY of MOPD kicked off with the Gamechangers in Alopecia Areata Satellite Symposium led by Brett A. King, MD, PhD, Dr. Craiglow, MD, and Natasha A. Mesinkovska, MD, PhD. This was immediately followed by a special session covering neonatal dermatology, bringing back Dr. Schachner and Dr. Bruckner, who were also joined by Fernanda B. Shmidt, MD. The team discussed challenges to neonatal skincare, infections as well as pseudo and true emergencies in the nursery.
The afternoon session featured a second Satellite Symposium on Infants and AD. This was led by Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Schachner, and Dr. Siegfried. Expert pediatric dermatologist, Latanya T. Benjamin, MD, then led an hour-long session featuring in-depth case simulations. She was joined by Dr. Lio, Dr. Siegfried, Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Schachner, Jonette E. Keri, MD, PhD, and Giuseppe Micali, MD. Dr. Schachner later closed out the event before everyone made their way to the reception for some refreshments and mingling.
We would like to thank all faculty, attendees, sponsors, partners, and staff who helped make MOPD such a successful event. It has come a long way over the last 30 years and it shows no signs of stopping. Join us again next Feb. 8-11 for MOPD 2024! We can’t wait to see you!