Tips on Achieving Work-Life Balance from Dr. Wilma F. Bergfeld

Editorial Highlight By Shilpi Khetarpal, MD

As a young physician, wife, new mother and full-time clinician, I constantly feel pulled in various directions. As much as I try to achieve work-life balance, I constantly feel torn between the two. I have always admired women who are highly accomplished in their careers while having a family. One in particular is Dr. Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, the founder and first president of WDS.

I’ve known her for over a decade now and have been fortunate to know her as a colleague, mentor, teacher and friend working alongside her at the Cleveland Clinic. Several of her professional accomplishments include first female president of the AAD, founder of the WPSA, past presidents of the North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) and American Society of Dermatopathology. She has received honors and the highest awards from virtually every society she’s been involved with. Not only has she been an incredible leader, she has led by example and inspired leaders…

WDS Career Corner: Top 10 Things I Learned from the 2020 WDS Forum

By Shari Lipner, MD, PhD 
The WDS Forum took place January 31-February 2, 2020 in Scottsdale Arizona. The session started with a focus on finding joy in our work and our personal lives with the keynote lecture by Sandra Ellison: “Building Resilience: A Key to Unlocking Physician Health & Happiness.”

Other highlights included women’s health topics, including breast cancer screening, healthy aging, nutrition and supplements, and integrative medicine, an update on the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, a poster session, and a service project. The session concluded with “30 Pearls in 30 minutes,” by WDS Board of Directors and leadership, as well as, an open-mic portion for participants.

There was a wealth of pearls including:
Be thankful for what you have.Volunteer. Options include skin cancer screenings, WDS events, and AAD events.Action is the antidote to anxiety.Saying yes when you need to say no causes burnout.Make a list of things you don’t want to do – errands, chores,…

WDS Young Physician Spotlight: Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD

Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD @drmaraweinstein
“Doors open when you least expect them to.”
Focus: Board-Certified Dermatologist, Fellowship Trained Cosmetic and Laser Surgeon
Location: Rochester, New York
Education: Fellowship - SkinCare Physicians; Residency - Cleveland Clinic Foundation; MD - Northeast Ohio Medical University; BA Psychology - Princeton University

Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and serves as the Director of Cosmetics and Laser Surgery. Dr. Weinstein has been invited to present at national professional meetings, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored chapters in dermatologic textbooks including Surgery of the Skin, Treatment of Traumatic and Burn Scars and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology.

How did you become involved in the WDS and what benefits do you think WDS membership provides for residents/young physicians? I’ve been an active member of the WDS for …

Pearls from the 2020 WDS Forum

Editorial from the Women’s Dermatologic Society

This year the WDS Forum’s Sunday session “30 Pearls in 30 Minutes” was overflowing with valuable, fun, inspiring advice from our panelists and enthusiastic audience members who shared tips on how to make our lives more fulfilling and joyful. We learned so much from each other and we wanted to share our ‘pearls’ with you as well. As you can see, we couldn’t stop at 30!

Dr. Wendi WohltmannFertility Awareness: Physicians have a higher infertility risk compared to the general population; seek help early, start trying earlier, and consider freezing your eggs.  Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses (or the Kardashians); “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah WinfreyVolunteering brings joy.Gratitude: Be thankful for what you have. Dr. Deborah McFarlaneFill baked pie crusts for quick, easy meals e.g. quiches, fruit pies. For excisions around the areola consider a crescentic shape for a better cosmetic outcome. During…

Contract Considerations Beyond Compensation #PACPearls

PAC Pearls from the Women’s Dermatologic Society

Practicing dermatologists seeking to hire or be hired must consider many factors beyond compensation when creating or signing a contract. With the help of Personal Attorney Martha Crenshaw, we assembled a list of legal and practical considerations for the potential employer and employee. Please note, the information and views provided are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal advice.

In general, it is best to think through and agree upon legal and practical issues ahead of time as terminations and break-ups will inevitably happen – and when they do, it is too late to re-write contractual terms. Ultimately, it is cheaper and easier to have the post-termination path plotted from the beginning.

The employer typically has the bargaining power at the beginning of the relationship, especially given that most employees are primarily focused upon compensation and benefits at the time of hire. Therefore…

New Online Digital E/M Service Codes for 2020 #PACPearls

PAC Pearls from the Women’s Dermatologic Society

New Online Digital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services Codes went into effect on January 1, 2020. Please keep in mind that there are many provisions, which take up a full page in the 2020 CPT book, that have to be met in order to use the codes. Below is a summary of the main points.

 2020 Online Digital E/M Service Codes to Note
99421: Online digital evaluation and management service, for an established patient, for up to 7 days, cumulative time during the 7 days; 5-10 minutes 99422: 11-20 minutes 99423: 21 or more minutes

Patient Initiated Codes These codes are for established patients only, and must be patient initiated. The patient has to initiate it through a HIPAA compliant platform or secure email. It cannot deal with administrative issues, but rather must have some patient complaint that must not be related to any complaint dealt with by an office visit within the last 7 days. 
If the complaint deals with a surgical procedure,…

Advances in Dermatology: A Year in Review

What a year 2019 has been for the field of dermatology! Researchers and dermatologists have been working hard to propel the specialty forward, and the hard work has paid off. From discoveries in basic science, to new drugs and new indications for old drugs, there is a lot to review.

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