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Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology meets in Augusta this week

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Nov.1, 2017) - About 200 dermatologists will be coming to Augusta this week for the 41st Annual Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology.

The Nov. 3-5 consortium features keynote speaker Dr. Kim Yancey, chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, discussing Blistering Diseases: Then and Now, during the Herbert Z. Lund Lecture at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Augusta Convention Center in downtown Augusta, see http://www.secdermmeeting.org/.

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is hosting this year's consortium. Activities begin with a poster symposium that starts at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Yancey is a 1978 MCG graduate who also completed his dermatology training at MCG before completing an immunodermatology postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Yancey's expertise includes autoimmune and inherited blistering diseases. He has been a National Institutes of Health-funded scientist for more than 25 years.

The consortium represents the 10 medical schools in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia that have residency programs in dermatology.

This weekend, MCG will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its dermatology program. Georgia's public medical school has trained nearly 140 dermatologists in the half century of the program's existence. MCG's Division of Dermatology, led by Dr. Loretta Davis, currently has three residents per year in the three-year training program. Graduates of the MCG program will gather Saturday night for a dinner reception. Sunday morning events include patient interactions at the dermatology clinic of AU Health.

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