04/05/2020 - 08/05/2020 | Barcelona, Spain

registration open

Principal Course Master:

Prof. Dr. Lluís Ferrer, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVD (SP)

Course Masters:

TBA

Overview

In this first introductory course, the basic principles of dermatology are reviewed. First, the biology of the skin, with special attention to the mechanisms of innate and acquired skin immunity and to the skin microbiome. Second, the approach to the dermatological patient and how the diagnosis is made: the problem-oriented approach (POA), the decision-making process, the adequate use of diagnostic tests and the dual-processing model. Among the diagnostic tests, special attention is given to cutaneous histopathology, considered the most powerful diagnostic tool. Furthermore, the students will learn how to design effective treatment plans under the paradigm of evidence-based medicine and the principles of conservative prescription.

In the second part of the course the main bacterial diseases of the skin will be reviewed. From common diseases as superficial bacterial folliculitis to severe and uncommon conditions as necrotizing fasciitis. The adequate use of diagnostic techniques (cultures, molecular techniques) and the therapy for skin infections, including those caused by multi-resistant organisms will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Approach a dermatologic patient following the POA (history, clinical and dermatologic examination, definition of the problem(s), elaboration of an adequate differential diagnosis list).
2. Perform and interpret basic diagnostic techniques (skin scrapings, cutaneous cytologies, skin cultures, skin biopsies).
3. Diagnose and treat the most common bacterial skin diseases of the dog and cat.

Topics

Skin biology. Mechanisms of cutaneous immunity. Skin microbiome.
The approach to the dermatologic patient. History, lesion description, problem definition and use of diagnostic techniques (cytology, histopathology, molecular techniques). How a diagnosis is made (dual processing theory).
Bacterial skin infections. Bacterial folliculitis-other superficial pyodermas.
Folliculitis-furunculosis (generalized, post-grooming, German shepherd).
Other deep bacterial infections: botryomycosis, actinomycosis, nocardiosis.

Preliminary Program (subject to change)

Monday, 4 May 2020
09:00 – 09:45 Introduction
Skin biology: keratinocyte biology
09:45 – 10:30 Skin biology: basement membrane zone
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Skin biology: dermis
11:45 – 12:30 Skin biology:
hair follicles and glands
12:30 – 13:15 From molecules to diseases:
Examples and clinical cases
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Wet lab: Skin histology
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Wrap up. Derm Dx Quiz. Quick self-assessment
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

09:00 – 09:45 Immunology of the skin.
Innate immune response
09:45 – 10:30 Immunology of the skin.
Acquired immune response
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.45 The approach to the dermatologic patient (I)
11:45 – 12:30 The approach to the dermatologic patient (II)
12:30 – 13:15 From molecules to diseases: Examples and clinical cases
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 Pathophysiology topic:
Melanocytes and skin pigmentation
15:15 – 16:00 Wet lab: skin biopsy
(How to obtain useful skin biopsies)
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Wrap up. Derm Dx Quiz. Quick self-assessment

Wednesday, 6 May 2020
09:00 – 10:30 Superficial bacterial folliculitis-and other superficial pyodermas.
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Diagnosis of bacterial skin infections. Sampling, culturing. Molecular techniques.
11:45 – 12:30 Understanding bacterial resistance and the MRS issue.
12:30 – 13:15 POA I: Focal – multifocal alopecia.
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 Therapy focus:
How to interpret sensitivity test results and make an adequate antibiotic choice.
15:15 – 16:00 Wet lab: skin cytology.
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Wrap up. Derm Dx Quiz. Quick self-assessment
Thursday, 7 May 2020
09:00 – 10:30 Deep pyodermas. Generalized folliculitis-furunculosis. Post-grooming furunculosis. German shepherd pyoderma
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Other deep bacterial infections: botryomycosis, actinomycosis, nocardiosis
11:45 – 12:30 Discussion of clinical cases
12:30 – 13:15 From molecules to diseases: Examples and clinical cases
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 Pathophysiology topic:
The skin microbiome in health and disease
15:15 – 16:00 Evidence-based dermatology: principles
Journal club 1
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Wrap up. Derm Dx Quiz Quick self-assessment
Friday, 8 May 2020
09:00 – 09:45 Mycobacterial infections. Feline leprosy, Panniculitis caused by rapidly growing mycobacteria. Canine leproid granuloma syndrome
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Uncommon bacterial skin infections. Necrotizing fasciitis
11:45 – 12:30 Discussion of clinical cases
12:30 – 13:15 From molecules to diseases:
Clinical metagenomics
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 Therapy focus:
Principles of topical therapy. Antimicrobial therapy
15:15 – 16:00 Journal club 2
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Wrap up. Derm Dx Quiz. Quick self-assessment
 

Total hours: 40

ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA

ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5

 

Registration and fees

Tuition fee: Euro 1.950.-

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Early registration: Euro 1.850.-

(deadline for early registration payment: 18th November 2019)

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