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THE SKIN SHOW: Aging Dermatology and Disease

THE SKIN SHOW: Aging Dermatology and Disease

University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Ed Vandenberg, MPH
National Institute on Aging
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This product reviews key clinical information on dermatologic changes of aging and disease utilizing excellent color photos clinical pearls.This one hour CEU accredited unit is divided into 3 modules of 15-20 minutes each. It's design allows delivery as either a lecture or voiced for a distance web-based module or self-directed learning. Each module ends with case-based questions and answers.

Educational objectives: 

The learner will gain basic information on aging dermatology, evaluation and treatment of dermatologic diseases common to the elderly and visual images of key diagnostic features of dermatologic disease. 

Upon completion of Modules 1-3 the learner will be able to: 

1. List the normal age related skin changes. 

2. Identify and treat the common skin disorders of aging.

3. Identify malignant versus non malignant skin conditions in aged.


Upon completion of Module 4 the learner will be able to:

1. Identify common infectious dermatologic diseases in the elderly.

2. List treatment modalities for common infectious dermatologic diseases in the elderly.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Eighteen Practicing NPs, Physicians, Pharmacists, PAs have completed this product. Blackboard distance based learning as part of a Minifellowship in Geriatrics. I. Implementation 1) For lecture presentation: There are no special implementation requirements other than familiarity with the technology to use PowerPoint. Presenters should be comfortable enough with content to facilitate a robust discussion. 2) For use in distance learning: The material was originally adapted to Blackboard learning systems, however using the Power Point system as we have, it can be adapted to many distance based learning system. We recommend for optimal learning that the presentation have speaker voicing ( audio) to explain the slides and the learner also have the ability to read the lecture notes. II. Benefits and practical tips 1) For lecture and self learning: The 15-20 minute modular format is concise and partialized, allowing presenters to select the most relevant information for their audience. 2) For use in distance learning: Our feedback is that the 15-20 minute segments are popular, the learners cite that it less intimidating to do, the questions at the end create a break and closure and the 1 hour credit for completion of the three module unit is attained "painlessly"

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Dr. Ed Vandenberg. THE SKIN SHOW: Aging Dermatology and Disease. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2007 Available from:


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The four modules treated in this skin show: Aging dermatology is very helpful. showing the skin conditions with an accompanied pictures, description, differencial diagnoses and treatment enhances a great learning opportunity especially for the visual learners like me. it was easy to understand and figure out the correct responses for the four case scenerios 

Module 1. showed a brief physiological changes in the intergument as people aged, everything seems to decrease, lipid, collagen, contact between epidermis and dermis but the only thing that increase is skin fragility

Module 2 talked about photoaging and how the skin DNA is damaged by the sun and the short wavelengths causing the skin to become wrinkled, coarsed and roughened. Overview of what to teach the patients to prevent photodamage like use of sunglasses, avoiding sunlight especially between 10am and 2pm. Use of protective clothings. Topical Retinonin said to be the only medication that works to reverse the photodamage and acts as anti aging agent.

Module 3.& 4 talked about different skin lesions such as the xerosis (dry skin) to bullous pemphighoid, psoriasis and scabies and everything in-between (Soborrheic dermatitis, actinitic keratosis, Eczema, candidiasis, Herpes Zoster. Squamous cell cacinoma and basal cell carcinoma were effectively differentiated with the treatment modalities. In summary, this is a wonderful resource to understanding the various skin lesions and educate patients and family on what to do if they develop one and importantly a great resource for the providers to make a correct diagnosis which would enhance correct timely treatment.