Plus, photos from the 2016 NCDA Annual Meeting!
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New Officers Elected at the NCDA Annual Business Meeting

The NCDA announces Dr. Pamela Guest (Pinehurst) was elected President at the 2016 NCDA Annual Business Meeting this past weekend in Pinehurst. The business meeting was held on Saturday, January 16, in conjunction with the NCDA Annual Meeting. Dr. Guest is joined on the Executive Committee by Dr. Kevin Stein (Winston-Salem), President-Elect, and Dr. Donna Culton (Chapel Hill), Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Russell Kilpatrick (Greenville) will continue his service to the Executive Committee in the role of Immediate Past President.

Your 2016-2017 NCDA Executive Committee

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Annual Meeting Wrap Up

Dr. Manal Abokwidir (Winston-Salem) participated in a text response activity during Dr. Russell Ball’s (Greensboro) session, “Vulvar Pathology.”

More than 100 physicians and physician assistants gathered in Pinehurst for the 2016 NCDA Annual Meeting, January 15-17. Participants enjoyed 10.75 hours of CME programming, an exhibit hall, social events and professional networking. NCDA members learned about the legislative and regulatory issues that are anticipated to be on the agenda when the NC General Assembly convenes in April 2016. Top issues for dermatologists to watch this year include Medicaid reform implementation, nursing scope of practice expansion and efforts to improve patient access to pharmaceutical therapies.

Medical students Rechelle Tull (Wake Forest) and Kim Vuong (UNC) presented posters during the first NCDA Resident and Student Poster Competition.

Residents and students were afforded opportunities to showcase their work at the meeting. Dr. Carolyn Ziemer, a resident at UNC, won the resident paper competition for her presentation, “Galli-Galli Disease.” Resident and student posters were featured for the first time this year. Rechelle Tull, a student at Wake Forest, won the session with her poster, "Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a Dermatology Consultant's Perspective."

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The NCDA extends its appreciation to the Annual Meeting Sponsors and Exhibitors.

Platinum Sponsors

AbbVie   |   Janssen Biotech    |    SunPharma

Gold Sponsor

Novartis Dermatology     |     Merz Dermatology

Exhibitors: Allergan | Amgen | Aqua Pharmaceuticals | Atlanta Dermatopathology | Aurora Diagnostics | Ball Dermpath | Bayer | BTL Industries | Carpe | Celgene | COSMED Dermaceuticals / Clinicians Complex | Cutaneous Pathology | Dermpath Diagnostics | DUSA Phamaceuticals, a SunPharma Company | Elorac | EltaMD Skincare | Galderma Laboratories | Genentech | Help Hair Inc. | Hill Dermaceuticals | Leo Pharma | Long’s Specialty Pharmacy | Lutronic | Medical Mutual | Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals | MedMal Direct Insurance Company | MSOC Health | NewBridge Bank | PharmaDerm, a division of Fougera Pharmaceuticals | Promius Pharma | PruGen Pharmaceuticals | Puracap Pharmaceutical | Sciton | Sensus Healthcare | SkinPath Solutions | Suneva Medical | Taro Pharmaceuticals | Tripoint Diagnostics | Valeant | Wake Forest Diagnostic Laboratory | Zeltiq Aesthetics.

Two young entrepreneurs – undergraduate students at UNC and Duke – showcased their OTC antiperspirant hand lotion at the meeting.

Meeting attendees enjoyed social events, including a Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall.

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New CME Requirement – Controlled Substance Prescribing

A provision in the 2015 Appropriations Act (H97) passed by the General Assembly establishes the requirement that all NC Medical Board licensees must complete at least one hour of continuing education annually regarding controlled substance prescribing.

The legislation reads as follows:

        SECTION 12F.16.(b) The following health care provider occupational licensing boards shall require continuing education on the abuse of controlled substances as a condition of license renewal for health care providers who prescribe controlled substances:
         (1) North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners.
         (2) North Carolina Board of Nursing.
         (3) North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners.
         (4) North Carolina Medical Board.
         SECTION 12F.16.(c) In establishing the continuing education standards, the boards listed in subsection (b) of this section shall require that at least one hour of the total required continuing education hours consists of a course designed specifically to address prescribing practices. The course shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance prescribing practices and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.

The Medical Board will be taking up this issue at its January meeting. Stay tuned for more details on the implementation of the requirement.

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State AG Issues Opinion Regarding Dentists and Botox

The North Carolina Attorney General’s office has issued an opinion that the injection of Botox and dermal fillers constitute the practice of medicine and are, therefore, outside the scope of practice of dentists licensed in North Carolina.

In an advisory letter sought by the NC Dental Board, the AG clarifies that, “a licensed North Carolina dentist would not be authorized to perform those procedures by virtue of his/her license and would need to have an additional licensure (for example, a medical license as a maxillofacial surgeon) and accompanying training.”

The opinion comes in response to a North Carolina Dental Board inquiry regarding its policy on the use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers for elective cosmetic facial procedures.

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DermPAC Update

DermPAC continues to help our profession present a strong and effective voice on the issues that impact our practices and patients. In the last election cycle (2013-2014), DermPAC was ranked 86th among all NC PACs. And our clout in Raleigh is growing. Voluntary, personal contributions from NCDA members to DermPAC support candidates in state races who support the NCDA position on the key issues impacting our profession. Will you support the important work of NCDA and DermPAC with your contribution? Give online or download the paper form.

NCDA and DermPAC appreciate the support of our 2015 contributors.

2015 DermPAC Heroes
Robert E. Clark, MD, PhD (Cary)
Timothy C. Flynn, MD (Cary)
Russell J. Kilpatrick, MD (Greenville)
Rob Lamme (Durham)
Patrick S. McElgunn, MD, MBA (Charlotte)
C. Brent Mizelle, MD (New Bern)
Kevin R. Stein, MD (Winston Salem)

2015 DermPAC Champions
Renee A. Glover, MD (Nags Head)
Ned J. Gross, MD (Greensboro)
Michael G. Hitchcock, MBChB
(Winston Salem)
Frederick A. Lupton, III, MD (Greensboro)
James M. Polo, MD (New Bern)
Susan C. Sanders, MD (Concord)
Ron Yaar, MD, PhD (Greensboro)

2015 DermPAC Friends: Carrie D. Alspaugh, MD (Raleigh) | Alexander Chiaramonti, MD (Cary) | Pamela J. Guest, MD (Pinehurst) | Dori L. Hunt, MD (Gastonia) | John L. Jennings, Jr., MD (Goldsboro) | David C. Kowalski, MD (Burlington) | Kenneth R. Kulp, MD (Cary) | Naomi S. Simon, MD (Davidson) | Phillip M. Williford, MD (Clemmons).

2015 DermPAC Supporters: Lisa Abernethy Christman, MD (Raleigh) | Tracie C. Bryson, MD (Advance) | John D. Cheesborough, MD (Sanford) | M. Elvira Chiritescu, MD (Apex) | Hope M. Gruber, MD (Greensboro) | W. Stacy Miller, MD (Raleigh) | John C. Murray, MD (Durham) | Daniel J. Pearce, MD (Winston Salem) | Denna L. Suko, MA (Raleigh) | David E. Tart, MD (Greensboro) | W. Harrison Turner, III, MD (Greensboro).

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2016 NCDA Summer Meeting, July 8-10

Save the date! The NCDA is heading to historic Williamsburg, VA for the 2016 NCDA Summer Meeting, July 8-10. The meeting will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge. For room reservations, contact The Lodge at 800-261-9530 and request the NCDA group rate of $219 per night.

The Williamsburg Lodge is located in the heart of the Revolutionary City. Just steps from the action, the inviting lodge boasts a world-class restaurant and convenient access to spa and golf recreation amenities. Fun for the whole family, admission ticket discounts and special daily events are just the beginning of the exclusive guest benefits.

Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels and the Revolutionary City are conveniently located within the Historic Triangle and just minutes from two extraordinary adventure parks: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Busch Gardens offers fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling roller coasters, animal encounters, great dining and shows, including the debut of London Rocks, a new production in the park’s Globe Theatre that explores the powerful role that music plays in people’s lives. Guests can splash and slide the summer away at Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest water park with more than 25 water attractions.

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AAD to Launch New Clinical Registry This Year

DataDerm, a new clinical registry developed by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), is now enrolling providers. The registry will help dermatologists across the country learn from one another regarding evidence-based treatment options and best practices. It also will ease your reporting burden and integrate with PQRS. For more information, visit

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AAD 74th Annual Meeting, March 4-8

Online Registration is available for the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, March 4-8, 2016, in Washington, DC. Discounted registration ends January 27. This is also the deadline to register to have your meeting materials mailed to you prior to the meeting. Learn more at

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