Course: IDCP2023-M1: Fundamentals and Introducing the Toolkit
M1: Fundamentals and Introducing the Toolkit
Peter Lio, MD +4

Welcome to LearnSkin's Integrative Dermatology Certificate Program and the Class of 2023-24!

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:  

  1. A new way to think about your patient care and expand your “toolkit”
  2. Practical clinical and business skills to grow your practice
  3. A community of like-minded lifelong colleagues

We want this to be a collaborative and rich experience. Please be sure to attend the weekly round table discussions 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 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 2023-24 Curriculum Overview

IDCP Recommended Resources Including eBooks

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 focuses on finding and treating the root cause and is an important part of the integrative medicine landscape. This course will explain the fundamental tenets of naturopathic medicine and how naturopathic doctors approach the treatment of dermatological conditions.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the basics of naturopathic medicine, including education, therapies, and philosophy
  2. Explain licensure and scope of practice for Naturopathic Doctors
  3. Discuss a naturopathic approach to dermatology

Mind Body - Overview

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

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

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


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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Jayarajan Kodikannath

Jayarajan Kodikannath is a renowned Ayurvedic scholar, clinician and educator with over two decades of clinical expertise in India and the U.S. He represents a lineage of traditional Ayurvedic Practitioners (Vaidyas) in Kerala, India with extensive knowledge in the ancient root texts of Ayurveda. He is currently the Academy Director and Chief Ayurveda consultant of Kerala Ayurveda USA. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) and also served as a member of the Expert Curriculum Committee for Masters in Ayurveda at Bastyr University, Seattle. “Dr. J,” as his students call him for short, is a compassionate healer and educator, devoted to the mission of imparting the traditional teachings of Kerala’s Ayurveda.

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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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User: Julie Greenberg
Julie Greenberg

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). Her research on the gut microbiome of acne patients has been published in a leading peer-reviewed clinical dermatology journal. While at naturopathic medical school, Dr. Greenberg received training with leading experts in dermatology at the University of Washington Medical School Dermatology Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and speaks at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin and nails.

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User: Apple Bodemer
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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