Dermatology for the Dentist: A Comprehensive Review of Cutaneous Disease of the Head and Neck Area

Presented by: Dr. Monika Winnicki

RCDSO Expiry Date: August 31, 2022

To qualify as a Core Category 1 course, the course certificate must be issued no later than this date.

RCDSO CE Points: 3, Category 1

Points can also be used as Category 2. For further information see our CE Points Page.

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  • Dr. Monika Winnicki BSc, MD, FRCPC

    Dr. Monika Winnicki is a dermatologist in the Toronto area in private practice as well as a skin cancer specialist at the Skin Cancer clinic at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.

    She graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario in 2004 and Dermatology residency at the University of Toronto in 2010. She has focused her dermatologic career on the treatment of skin cancer as well as medical, pediatric and vulvar dermatology. At Sunnybrook Hospital, she is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians in the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Clinic. At her private practice, she enjoys treating patients of all ages for a vast variety of dermatologic diseases. Through her work, she hopes to improve care for female patients suffering from often debilitating vulvar skin diseases.

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The dentist serves as an important health care provider who has frequent contacts with patients in the community. In fact, many patients may have more visits with their dental professional than with their physician. Incorporation of skin examination of the head and neck region, and the face especially, by dentists during routine visits would allow for early recognition and treatment of potentially dangerous skin conditions.

Over the course of this half-day presentation, the practitioner will learn a comprehensive approach to skin examination of the head and neck area as well as an overview of both common and potentially serious skin lesions and rashes. This includes a review of the important features of skin malignancies including Melanoma, Squamous cell carcinoma and Basal carcinoma and helpful clues to differentiating these from benign skin lesions. Infectious and inflammatory dermatologic diseases of the face will be presented with a focus on common rashes along the lifetime of a patient from childhood to adulthood to the senior years.

A review of dermatologic pharmacotherapy will provide up to date information on newly emerging topical and parenteral dermatologic therapies. Finally, cosmetic enhancement of the face will be discussed along with a review of facial anatomy. The practitioner will be able to leave the session with new knowledge and helpful tools that will pave the way for routine skin examination of the head and neck area of all patients in their practice.

Learning Objectives :

1. Develop an approach to cutaneous examination of the head and neck area, with a focus on the face and perioral area.

2. Become familiar with the clinical appearance of common benign skin lesions

3. Become familiar with the clinical features of skin malignancy, particularly Malignant melanoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma

4. Develop a familiarity with the common skin rashes and infections seen in patients of different ages and cultural backgrounds

5. Review the structure and histopathology of the skin as well as important facial anatomy