Clinical Photography for Skin of Color
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Expires on Apr 04, 2027
Credit Offered
0.5 CME Credit

Clinical Photography for Skin of Color

Date of Original Release:  May 24, 2021
Date of Most Recent Review: April 4, 2024
Date of Expiration:  April 4, 2027
Estimated Time of Completion: 30 minutes

Digital photography has always been an important part of dermatologic training but has come even more to the forefront with the rise of teledermatology. There is a historical bias in color photography to optimize image capture for fairer skin tones and with increased emphasis on accurate images to guide diagnosis and treatment, the shortcomings of digital photography in capturing images in skin of color are more pronounced. This learning module will introduce techniques to optimize image capture in clinical settings, including specific techniques to aid in photography of skin of color.

Target Audience
Dermatologists and others involved in the delivery of dermatologic care.

Learning Objectives
Following participation in this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify factors which may lead to good and poor image capture
  • Determine ideal approaches to photographing skin of color
  • Utilize digital photography to capture high-quality, accurate clinical images across all patient types

Statement of Need
The American Academy of Dermatology bases its CME activities on identified professional practice gaps, the educational needs which underlie these gaps, and emerging clinical research findings as these relate to dermatology. Learners should reflect upon clinical and scientific information presented in this CME activity and determine the need for further study.

Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Dermatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA PRA Credit Statement
The American Academy of Dermatology designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions to Claim Credit
To Claim CME credit for this activity, the learner must complete the post-activity evaluation survey.

The AAD would like to acknowledgment Mayo Clinic for their contribution to this activity and our patient model, Anthony Cook, for his participation.

All planners, faculty, reviewers, and staff for this activity reported no relevant relationship(s) with commercial interest(s).

Conflict Mitigation Statement
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the American Academy of Dermatology has implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning implementation of this activity, to identify and mitigate conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control the content. 

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an education grant from Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

Unapproved Use Disclosure
The American Academy of Dermatology requires CME faculty/authors to disclose to learners when products or procedures are being discussed are off-label (not approved for the indications being discussed), unlabeled (not approved for any indications), experimental and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these products/procedures. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent approval information. Faculty/authors of this activity may be discussing information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is not responsible for statements made by the author(s). Statement or opinions expressed in this activity reflect the views of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the AAD. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only, is not intended to establish a standard of care, and is not meant to substitute for independent medical judgment of a health provider relative to the diagnostic, management and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 

No Medical Advice
The information in this publication by the American Academy of Dermatology or any third party should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified dermatology professional. The American Academy of Dermatology does not answer specific medical questions or refer people to a particular dermatology professional.

Contact Information
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