Supporting Continued Dermatologic Education

As busy medical practitioners taking on the daily hustle and bustle of life, it can be hard to find time to stay up to date on the latest developments in the dermatologic and broader medical industry. Nevertheless, keeping on top of current trends, emerging therapies, and innovative technologies is vital to you and your practice.

"Dermatology is a competitive field, so staying current is essential. It's not just about obtaining continuing medical education (CME) credit to maintain board certification and licensure. It's about engaging in lifelong learning and providing quality patient care."

Damon Marquis, MA, MS, former Vice President of continuing professional education at the American Academy of Dermatology

Providing optimal care for your patients is a priority and having the latest information is a huge advantage. We live in a world of innovation and technological advancement, much of it driven by scientific research. New clinical discoveries and state-of-the-art devices are constantly emerging. These breakthroughs target specific diseases and conditions and, in some cases, a particular patient group. An awareness of this new knowledge better positions you to offer your patients more options as well as advanced treatment and optimal outcomes.

With comprehensive knowledge comes the possibility of enhanced career development. Specialized skills, knowledge, and techniques can help establish a unique skill set that allows you to branch out and incorporate sub-specialties into your existing practice. This also furthers the opportunity for an expanded patient base and increased revenue potential.

Fortunately, thanks to the plethora of educational resources available both online and in person, spending time pursuing your career development has never been easier.

One of the best ways to stay up-to-date on the latest medical research is through peer-reviewed journals and publications.

In addition to these more scientific-based materials, joining educational platforms such as LiVDerm also provides relevant insight into the latest developments in the industry. LiVDerm offers a variety of ways to access educational content. From blog posts and articles featuring the latest industry news to a free library of CME activities and podcasts with our own dermatologic expert faculty, the LiVDerm website is a hub of the most relevant dermatologic educational content.

Live medical conferences are hugely popular and another beneficial option for furthering your professional career. LiVDerm’s South Beach Symposium (SBS), which recently celebrated 20 years, offers providers from all levels of expertise the opportunity to discover the latest in medical and aesthetic dermatology from some of the world’s leading experts. Our Masters of Pediatric Dermatology Symposium is a highly relevant and sought-after conference that runs alongside SBS. As we like to point out, live meetings are more than education. These interactive sessions are also an incredible opportunity to network with some of the most highly respected minds in the industry. These are unique experiences for growth, promotion, and career enhancement.

Social media platforms are other worthwhile communities to join. Many of LiVDerm’s top-level faculty utilize social media to promote various content and educational opportunities. In a review of social media platforms as educational tools in dermatology, the authors revealed that,

“Each of the top five social media platforms in the world (Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook) has unique qualities which people may utilize to educate fellow users. As more of the population seeks online health information and education, it is important that dermatologists, while taking ethical considerations into account, become more comfortable facilitating educational content on social media.”

Cooper, B.R. et al. (2022)

The dermatologic industry itself continues to be hugely desirable and highly competitive. It offers a high level of job satisfaction, an enjoyable work-life balance, and an attractive salary. Moreover, the dermatologic market is expected to reach USD 2.04 billion in 2030, reflecting a solid upward trend. Among the many driving forces behind this growth are an increase in the aging population, growth in the pharmaceutical industry, technological advancements in laser and light-based treatments, an increased prevalence in skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and a growing need for early diagnosis and treatment.

With the industry set to grow, staying up to date with all the latest developments and knowledge of what’s in the pipeline can have a significant impact on your own career and practice.

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