The Dermatology Committee has been actively involved in developing session proposals for the College’s Annual Meeting and posting a “case of the month” on Doc Matter to generate discussions on a variety of dermatology-related topics. DocMatter is a private forum for College members only and features high-quality, clinical and practice management discussions.
The Committee is currently developing an online patch testing toolkit to encourage more allergists to perform patch testing in their offices. The toolkit will be posted to the College website and will cover all aspects of patch testing, including:
- Expanding your practice to include patch testing.
- Indications for patch testing, allergen selection and ordering, procedure for placing and reading patch tests, possible adverse events related to patch testing and causes of false positive and false negative results.
- Visual guide on reading patch tests.
- Patient education materials.
- Billing and coding methods for patch testing.
“We wanted to develop a comprehensive toolkit on patch testing that provides practical resources members can apply in their day-to-day practice,” said Kelly Maples, MD, FACAAI, chair of the Dermatology Committee. “Our hope is to have this serve as a one-stop-shop for patch testing resources that our member will find of value.”
To further enhance these patch testing resources, the Dermatology Committee will be launching a member survey next month to help identify additional needs. Be sure to look for an email with more information on how you can participate in late February.
Have a project idea you’d like to kick-off with your Committee? Read a few tips from the College’s Executive Medical Director, Michael Blaiss, MD, FACAAI.