Course: Week 1: Fundamentals and Introducing the Toolkit
Week 1: Fundamentals and Introducing the Toolkit
Peter Lio, MD +4

Welcome to LearnSkin's Integrative Dermatology Certificate Program and the Class of 2020-21!

You are now part of a select group of dermatologists in one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare: integrative medicine. Increasingly, patients are seeking physicians with knowledge of integrative approaches, which is why we developed this program.

Here's what we hope you'll take away over the next 9 months: We want this to be a collaborative and rich experience. Please be sure to attend the weekly office hours on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm PST live via Zoom. These are like mini masterclass sessions and will be very interactive, often with guest speakers and definitely with case studies. We hope you bring your cases to the discussion too!

If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to reach out to us! There's a discussion board for our group in this course. Please be sure to list the name of a course or faculty member you'd like to direct a question to, so we can be most helpful in our response.

For any logistical or administrative questions, the LearnSkin team is available to help at [email protected].

We look forward to embarking on this educational journey with you! Apple, Peter, and Raja IDCP 2020-21 Curriculum Overivew IDCP 2020-21 Recommended Resources Including eBooks  

  • A new way to think about your patient care and expand your “toolbox”
  • Practical clinical and business skills to grow your practice
  • A community of like-minded lifelong colleagues

A New Toolkit for Integrative Dermatology

An introduction to the concept of an integrative toolkit.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale for an integrative approach to dermatology
  2. Identify a framework for organizing and building a base of knowledge from different domains

Introduction to Ayurveda and Bridges to Clinical Exam and Biochemistry

Ayurveda is a traditional form of medicine from India that has been in use for thousands of years. The concepts of Ayurveda are focused on defining the balanced and imbalanced state. This session will provide an overview of Ayruveda and how it can be mapped to conventional approaches within medicine.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the central tenets of Ayurveda typing
  2. Differentiate the vata, pitta, and kapha doshas and their biochemical correlates
  3. Distinguish clinical exam features that correlate with vata, pitta, and kapha imbalances

Yin and Yang: An Introduction to TCM Dermatology

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system which has thousands of years of history and is still widely used today. The TCM approach to dermatology seeks to identify the disharmony in the body and use personalized therapies to bring balance to the body. This course covers an introductory overview of Chinese Medicine dermatology. We will cover TCM basic concepts, diagnosis, and therapies.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe TCM fundamental concepts
  2. Define TCM methods of diagnosis
  3. Review therapeutic methods

Naturopathic Approach to Dermatology

Naturopathic medicine is an increasingly popular medical discipline that focuses on health and the maintenance of health. This course will review the approach taken to patient care and the decision making process involved within naturopathic medicine.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basics of naturopathic medicine, including education, therapies, and philosophy
  2. Summarize the ways in which naturopathic medicine work within the field of dermatology
  3. Review the naturopathic approach to some common skin conditions

Mind Body - Overview

This lecture will give a broad definition of what mind body means and the different practices it encompasses.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define mind - body in the context of health and healing
  2. Demonstrate three examples of mind - body practices
  3. Identify two mind - body practices that have evidence for being helpful in skin disorders


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Peter Lio

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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Joseph Alban

Dr. Joseph Alban is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Board Certified Herbalist. He has run a private practice in New York City for seventeen years.

Dr. Alban graduated from Touro College’s Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine, obtaining a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and completed a Doctor of Acupuncture at Five Branches Univerisity. He completed a Chinese Medicine hospital residency in Hunan, China where he trained in acupuncture, Chinese medicine dermatology, and Tui Na medical massage.

He has received the Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology Diploma from world-renowned expert Mazin Al-Khafaji. Dr. Alban sits on the board of the International Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology Association (ITCMDA). He is also the Traditional Chinese Medicine editor for Learn Skin and on the board for the Integrative Dermatology Symposium. He is the head editor and a contributing author of the ebook An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Dermatology which resulted from a collaboration of the ITCMDA and Learn Skin.

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Jason Derico

Doctor Jason Derico attended Utah State University for his undergraduate education and the National University of Natural Medicine for his medical degree. He completed internship in Naturopathic Dermatology and a family practice residency. He has completed additional training in Naturopathic Dermatology and Aesthetics. Doctor Derico's practice specializes in naturopathic medicine, aesthetics, and optimization of health through nutrition.

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Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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