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E-IJD CONFERENCE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 239
41st Annual conference of the indian association of dermatology venereology and leprology (Punjab, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh Chapter), government medical college Patiala, Punjab, India, October 2015


1 Department of Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark, New Jersey, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication1-Mar-2016

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Robert A Schwartz
Department of Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark, New Jersey
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.177800

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Schwartz RA, Parsad D. 41st Annual conference of the indian association of dermatology venereology and leprology (Punjab, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh Chapter), government medical college Patiala, Punjab, India, October 2015. Indian J Dermatol 2016;61:239

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Schwartz RA, Parsad D. 41st Annual conference of the indian association of dermatology venereology and leprology (Punjab, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh Chapter), government medical college Patiala, Punjab, India, October 2015. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Dec 6];61:239. Available from: https://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2016/61/2/239/177800


This highly successful 41st Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology (Punjab, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh Chapter) was held at the Government Medical College Patiala in Patiala, Punjab, India, October 3–4, 2015 [Figure 1]. Dr. Chopra returned this event to Patiala after a hiatus of 20 years; attendees proclaimed appreciation of the impressive ability of Conference Organizing Secretary Dr. Dimple Chopra and her talented team. Dr. Chopra acknowledged the support of her medical college Dean,

Dr. K.D. Singh [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Prof. Robert A. Schwartz arriving at the welcome gate of Cuticon 2015, Government Medical College, Patiala

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Figure 2: Prof. Robert A. Schwartz and Dr. Dimple Chopra greeting the Dean of Government Medical College Patiala, Dr. K.D. Singh

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Dr. Chopra welcomed the assemblage to historic Patiala, once the capital of the princely state of Punjab. The scientific program commenced with superb practical workshops led by Prof. Kiran Godse, Anuj Pall and Shelly Kapoor. The scientific program began with a lecture by Prof. Robert A. Schwartz (USA) on atopic dermatitis, in which he stressed the need to protect the skin barrier and to be aware of associated food allergies. The Oration was provided by Prof. Iffat Hassan (Srinagar) [Figure 3], who lamented the misdiagnosis of benign neoplasms as malignant, resulting in unnecessary surgery, and the reverse, missing a cancer until it has metastasized. Prof. Kiran Godse (Mumbai) highlighted approaches to managing urticaria. Prof. Kaushal Verma (New Delhi) described parthenium dermatitis in India as a steroid-responsive disorder on exposed body surfaces. Prof. Davinder Prasad (Chandigarh) led an enlightening panel discussion on use and abuse of topical steroids on the face, including analysis of the steroid withdrawal syndrome. Prof. Yogesh S. Marfatia (Baroda) covered nonveneral genital dermatoses, stressing premalignant ones such as pseudoepitheliomatous keratotic and micaceous balanitis. Prof. Sunil Dogra (Chandigarh) evinced that irrational use of antifungal agents has produced resistance to common topical antifungal agents. Prof. Vibhu Mendiratta (New Delhi) noted pediatric psoriasis has been recently linked with obesity and the metabolic syndrome.
Figure 3: Prof. Iffat Hassan delivering Oration on diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in skin tumors

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The presentations of papers by dermatology residents were excellent, with Insha Lateef from Prof. Iffat Hassan's department in Srinagar doing an especially noteworthy job. Contributions to the success of this conference by these and other young physicians as well as medical students were recognized, with a prediction by third generation Californian Prof. Schwartz that at least one of these talented attendees would become a notable California Dermatologist. This well-attended conference was a triumph [Figure 4] and [Figure 5], with accolades trumpeted to Dr. Chopra and her talented staff and speakers, who enjoyed the enchanting Punjab [Figure 6].
Figure 4: Festivities of the evening Banquet

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Figure 5: Davinder Parsad and Robert A. Schwartz at Banquet (right to left)

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Figure 6: Prof. Robert A. Schwartz paying his obeisance at the world famous Golden Temple (Sri Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar

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Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


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