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Fundamentals of Lasers in Health Care - Course

Wednesday, April 5 | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Room: 31 B/C

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits: 8.00 MAX | CE Contact Hours: 9.50 MAX

ACCME Accreditation Statement

Presenter Disclosures

Educational Needs To provide participants with a basic understanding of lasers and other light energy based technology and their use in clinical aesthetic applications

Participants Any physician or clinician who currently is using or investigating using lasers in their practice.

Background Requirements Minimal background and experience in the field of laser and other light-based technology and their application in health care.

Instructional Content/Expected Learning Objectives

  • Understand the biophysics pertinent to the application of lasers and other light-based energy devices and related technology, and be prepared to apply this same understanding related to the provision of patient care.  
  • Understand the working parts of a laser and other light-based devices.  
  • Understand the interaction and implications of using lasers and other light-based devices and related technologies on human tissues and be capable of using this knowledge in the provision of patient care.  
  • Be familiar with a broad array of lasers and light-based devices used in the provision of health care procedures and be capable of determining which laser and/or light-based technology is most appropriately used for particular clinical procedures.  
  • Be introduced to the interactions of lasers and other light emitting devices and popular non device skin interventions (i.e., muscle relaxers and fillers, etc).  
  • Understand the safety risks to providers and patients associated with the use of lasers and related technology, and understand and be capable of using this knowledge to practice the safety necessary to provide a safe environment for all providers and patients.  
  • Have sufficient exposure to a cross-section of clinical applications such that they are capable of using this knowledge to discern the clinical applications for which they may or may not choose to develop specific laser application skills.

Director(s) Paul M. Friedman MD; Christopher B. Zachary MBBS, FRCP.

Faculty R. Rox Anderson, MD; Mathew M. Avram, MD; Eric F. Bernstein, MD; Christine C. Dierickx, MD; Merete Haedersdal, MD; Stefani Kappel, MD;  Kristen M. Kelly, MD; Girish S. Munavalli, MD, MHS; Arisa E. Ortiz, MD; E. Victor Ross, MD; Nazanin Saedi, MD; Fernanda H. Sakamoto, MD PhD; Jill S. Waibel, MD

Time Activity
8:00 AM - 8:04 AM Introduction and Pre-Test
8:05 AM - 8:35 AM Biophysics Principles of Lasers and Related Technologies - E. Victor Ross
8:36 AM - 9:06 AM Overview Of Light Based Energy Interaction with Human Tissue - R. Rox Anderson (Presented by Fernanda H. Sakamoto)
9:07 AM - 9:37 AM Lasers and Other Light Energy Devices - Arisa E. Ortiz
9:38 AM - 10:08 AM Fractionated Photothermolysis: Ablative and Non-Ablative - Christopher B. Zachary
10:09 AM - 10:23 AM BREAK 
10:24 AM - 10:54 AM Laser Treatment of Vascular Lesions and Pediatric Lasers - Kristen M. Kelly
10:55 AM - 11:25 AM Tattoos, Pigmented Lesions and Ethnic Skin - Paul M. Friedman (Presented by Christopher B. Zachary)
11:26 AM - 11:56 AM Laser Hair Removal - Stefani Kappel
11:57 AM - 12:45 PM LUNCH (complimentary box lunch provided)
12:46 PM - 1:16 PM Laser Safety - Eric F. Bernstein
1:17 PM - 1:47 PM  Treatment of Scars - Jill S. Waibel
1:48 PM - 2:18 PM Laser Assisted Drug Delivery - Merete Haedersdal
2:19 PM - 2:49 PM PDT: The State of the Art - Fernanda H. Sakamoto
2:50 PM - 3:04 PM  BREAK 
3:05 PM - 3:35 PM Non-Invasive Body Contouring and Skin Tightening - Girish S. Munavalli
3:36 PM - 4:06 PM  Devices, Parameters, Outcomes - Christine C. Dierickx
4:07 PM - 4:37 PM Video Demonstration of Treatment End Points - Nazanin Saedi (Presented by Christopher B. Zachary)
4:38 PM - 5:08 PM
Addressing Complications of Laser Procedures - Mathew M. Avram
5:09 PM - 5:30 PM  Q&A, Conclusion and Post-Test
Schedule and rooms subject to change without notice

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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