A National Dermatology CME themed "Biologics in Dermatology'' was organized by Department of Dermatology at Base Hospital Delhi Cantt on December 3-4, 2016.
Lt Gen Velu Nair, DGMS (Army) and Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps was the chief guest for the event. The General Officer highlighted the changing trends of as to how dermatology from a single speciality at one time has evolved into one of the most sought after speciality amongst students. He said skin is not just the mirror of the entire body but of the mind as well and the relevance of Psycho-dermatology. He said dermatology disorders can be due to a complex interplay between skin, neuroendocrine and immune system of the body.
He emphasised the importance and introduction of a newer term of preventive dermatology and how preventive care of skin can go a long way in management and prevention of chronic skin conditions. He explained the intricate and intriguing immune patho mechanism of skin in a most lucid and comprehensive manner, thus emphasising the importance of the knowledge of dermatopathology by any dermatologist.
He emphasised on the need of 'Beachside to Bedside practice' i.e. having a separate Dermato-pathology set-up right next to the Dermatology ward. Talking about the future of dermatology he said biologics is a newer modality but the future will see proteomics and genomics taking over and management of diseases will be customized for each patient.
Several eminent invited dermatologists from prestigious institutions across the country along with service delegates deliberated on key issues. Veteran Dermatologists of the Armed Forces Medical Services were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to the field of Dermatology by the chief guest during the inaugural ceremony.
Patient Information Handouts on common dermatological problems like Acne, Melasma, Urticaria, Psoriasis and Hair loss were released by Lt Gen Velu Nair, DGMS (Army) and Col Comdt, Surg Vice Admiral Bipin Puri, DGMS (Navy) and Air Marshal Pawan Kapoor, DGMS (Air). These handouts would be kept in the day to day OPD to educate the patients and address their questions on these common dermatological conditions in a most lucid and comprehensive way.
A Key Note address was delivered by Dr Murlidhar Rajagopalan a renowned dermatologist from Apollo Hospital Chennai.
Maj Gen AK Tewari Commandant Base Hospital Delhi Cantt said that the rich academic knowledge gained through this CME will go a long way in shaping the future of many patients with the use of these novel treatment modality in the Armed Forces hospitals.
Col Ajay Chopra Senior Advisor and HOD Department of Dermatology at Base Hospital mentioned that this two day CME highlighted the recent advancements in the field of biologics and brainstorming sessions and discussions were held as to formulation of protocols for use in the Armed Forces.