There are gaps in dermatologic care today concerning pediatric patients with skin of color (SOC) that need to be addressed through education and putting new knowledge into practice. Pediatric patients with SOC can be disproportionately affected by numerous dermatologic conditions including atopic dermatitis, acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, pigmentary disorders, vitiligo, hair and scalp disorders, scarring, and laser treatments. In particular, children with skin of color can be more susceptible or have a greater disease burden associated with these dermatologic conditions or procedures. As such, there are challenges to diagnosis and treatment that clinicians need to be aware of. Beyond treatment guidelines, there are additional steps clinicians can be taking to practice cultural sensitivity when treating patients with skin of color; this is especially important when communicating with the parents and caregivers of pediatric patients.
It is important that clinicians are not only aware of the disparities seen across multiple disease states, but that they are aware of changes to practice that need to be made in order to address these gaps. Through education in these specific therapeutic areas, as well as roundtable breakout sessions, this 7.5 hour, full-day program can help clinicians to recognize the disparities and adjust their practices to accommodate the needs of the pediatric SOC patient population.Interested in Exhibiting and Sponsoring?
Dr. Latanya Benjamin is a double board-certified and fellowship trained Pediatric Dermatologist. She was a former Professor at Stanford University and currently serves as an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL where her primary responsibility is Co-Director for the Foundation of Medicine Course while directing the Communication, Compassion & Collaborative Care Thread for training medical students the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
Nationally recognized as an expert in atopic dermatitis, acne, sun safety, pediatric laser and surgery, her expert opinions have been featured in the NY Times, Huffington post, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. She is a published author of two medical textbooks, Therapy in Pediatric Dermatology: Management of Pediatric Skin Disease and Pediatric Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Benjamin’s nominated honorary positions includes a seat on the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Coding & Reimbursement Committee, SPD Vice President of Membership and Practice Management and Society of Pediatric Dermatology Executive Committee.
Dr. Benjamin received the inaugural Women’s Dermatologic Society Volunteer of the Year Award and currently sits on the WDS Board of Directors. She volunteers her time on the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types (FIRST) Board of Directors and is current Treasurer of the Palm Beach County Society for Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery.
She is a mother and passionate advocate for women and children, including an ambassador role with Dove supporting the self esteem in young girls. Serving as a physician mentor, her personal journey in medicine is recorded in the recently published book Un Doctor por favor! encouraging young Hispanic students to consider a career in medicine and the sciences. Dr. Benjamin serves on multiple medical advisory boards and is a consultant for select industry. Dr. Benjamin is a sought after speaker with an expanded role for national speaker bureaus and is a respected leader in her field.
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