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Previewing the 9th annual Skin Spectrum Summit

In less than three weeks, on Oct. 21, the 9th annual Skin Spectrum Summit will be held at the Chestnut Conference Centre at the University of Toronto.

The conference offers a full day of education on optimal dermatologic care for patients with skin of colour, for health care providers with an interest in skin health.

Here is a preview of some of the presentations on this year’s agenda:

  • Laser Treatments in Patients with Richly Pigmented Skin, presented by Dr. Jonathan Shapero. Toronto-based Dr. Shapero is the vice president of the Canadian Laser and Aesthetics Specialists Society and is the moderator for the Laser Safety Course for the Canadian Laser and Aesthetics Specialists Society. Due to his commitment to the advancement of dermatology in skin of colour, Dr. Shapero and his father Dr. Harvey Shapero were invited to join the Caribbean Dermatology Association, where they are the only non-Caribbean dermatologists who are members.

  • New Treatment Advances in Pediatric Dermatology, presented by Dr. Danielle Marcoux. Dr. Marcoux is a clinical professor at the University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine University Medical Centre, Department of Pediatrics, Dermatology division and has authored more than 100 scientific publications in her fields -of interest. She has previously been President of the Canadian Dermatology Association and the Montreal Dermatology Society. Dr. Marcoux is also founder-president of the Camp Liberté Society, which runs a summer camp for Canadian children with skin diseases, which, in 2023, is in its 15th year.

  • Skin Conditions in the Indigenous Populations, presented by Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis. Dr. Asiniwasis is a dermatologist and clinician researcher based in Regina. She is the founder of Origins Dermatology Centre, a combined multidisciplinary model that services both the general population and provides in-person and virtual outreach clinics for underserved remote and rural Indigenous (First Nations and Metis) communities. Rachel is of Plains Cree, Saulteaux and English background.

  • Barriers to Dermatology Care in Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Communities, presented by Eric McMullen. McMullen is a final-year McMaster medical student and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. His clinical interests include Indigenous dermatology, teledermatology, and rural care.

In addition to these and other presentations, the conference will include three live panel discussions, a “Lunch and Learn” session and the announcement of the Canadian Skin of Colour & Diversity Scholarship awardees.

Registration for the 2023 Skin Spectrum Summit is open at this link: Register now


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