Studies & Research

Here are two examples of our Abstracts:

This study was completed in 2010. The abstract was presented as a poster at the 47th American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.,
and was published in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, 2011, 38(1), 132.
The paper was published in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology 2012: 39 (8): 758-761.

Ellen Mooney, Reykjavik, Iceland, Werner Kempf, Kempf und Pfaltz, Histologische Diagnostik, Zürich, Switzerland, Gregor B.E. Jemec, Department of Dermatology, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde, Denmark, Laine Koch and Antoinette Hood, Department of Dermatology, Eastern Virginia Medical School,Norfolk, Virginia, USA,

BACKGROUND:
Virtual microscopy is used for teaching in US medical schools and for in-training and certification examinations. However, no studies exist comparing diagnostic accuracy (DA) using virtual slides versus photomicrographs.

OBJECTIVES:
To compare dermatopathologists' and pathologists' DA using photomicrographs versus digitized images, through a self-assessment examination and to elucidate participants' assessment of virtual dermatopathology (VDP)

METHODS:
45 dermatopathologists and pathologists received a randomized combination of 15 virtual slides and photomicrographs with corresponding clinical photographs and information in a self-assessment examination format. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups were performed using a chi-square test.

RESULTS:
DA in dermatopathological disorders using VDP or photomicrographs was similar: 0.70 versus 0.73 respectively, p=0.465. Order of administration of VDP and photomicrographs did not affect DA. 93% of the participants felt the virtual slides were adequate for diagnosis and that VDP is useful tool for learning. 90% felt and that VDP is useful tool for teaching dermatopathology.

CONCLUSION:
No significant difference was observed in participants' DA using VDP versus photomicrographs. Most participants felt VDP was adequate for diagnostic purposes and a useful tool for learning and teaching dermatopathology.

This study was completed in 2009. The abstract was presented at the XXX Symposium of the International Society of Dermatopathology in Santiago, Chile, and was published on page 204 in the April 2010 issue of the American Journal of Dermatopathology. The paper was published in Skin Research and Technology, 2011; 17 (2): 251-255 .

Ellen Mooney, Reykjavik, Iceland, Antoinette Hood and James Lampros Department of Dermatology, Eastern Virginia Medical School,Norfolk, Virginia, USA, Werner Kempf, Kempf und Pfaltz, Histologische Diagnostik, Zürich, Switzerland, Gregor B.E. Jemec Department of Dermatology, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde, Denmark

BACKGROUND:
Virtual microscopy is used for teaching in US medical schools and for in-training and certification examinations. However, few studies exist comparing diagnostic accuracy (DA) using virtual versus glass slides.

OBJECTIVES:
To compare dermatopathologists' and pathologists' DA using glass slides versus digitised images and elucidate their assessment of virtual dermatopathology (VDP)

METHODS:
10 Nordic dermatopathologists and pathologists received a randomised combination of 20 virtual and glass slides and chose diagnoses from multiple foils. Their impressions of VDP were assessed. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups were performed using Fisher's exact test.

RESULTS:
DA in dermatopathological disorders using VDP or glass slides was similar: 0.85 versus 0.81 respectively, p=0.286. Order of administration of VDP and glass slides did not affect DA. 78% of participants considered VDP useful for learning and testing.

CONCLUSION:
No significant difference was observed in participants' DA using VDP versus glass slides. Participants considered VDP useful for learning and testing.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

ONLINE SELF-ASSESSMENT BOARD REVIEW IN CLINICO-PATHOLOGICAL CORRELATION

In collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Cost is €50. Optional 3 AMA PRA Cat. 1 CME Credits available.


LIVE EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS


Second Nordic Course in Virtual Dermatopathology, 26-27.4.2018, Reykjavík, Iceland.


Nordic Course in Virtual Dermatopathology, 27-28.4.2017, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Self Assessment Exam, 9.10. 2015, EADV Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Self Assessment Course, 9.10. 2014, EADV Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Self Assessment Course, 4.10. 2013, EADV Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.


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ONLINE CLINICO-PATHOLOGICAL
SELF-ASSESSMENT EXAM SERIES


10 online modules with 10 cases each; 2 associated questions per case. Price is only € 33 per module, if you take 3 or more, otherwise € 40 each.

CME EXAMS WITH 3 AMA PRA
CATEGORY 1 CME CREDITS


For completing a self-assessment exam in virtual dermatopathology online,November 2018 - August 2021.
In collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Current one August 2018 - August 2021


By a recent change, European physicians can now
earn their ECMEC®s by completing e-learning programs
from accredited providers from the United States,
that have been certified for AMA PRA Category
1 Credits™
. Please contact the UEMS.

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REVIEW ARTICLES


Mooney, E.
A Change that will Affect Our Professional Lives and Improve Patient Care,
Forum for Nordic Dermato-Venereolgy, 2015; 20 (2): 43-44.

Ellen Mooney & Mari-Anne Hedblad
Virtual Dermatopathology: Current Technology and Use
Forum for Nordic Dermato-Venereology, 2012; 17 (2): 40-43.


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LECTURES


Virtual Dermatopathology: The 21st Century Teaching Tool XXXVIII Symposium of the ISDP, 29.09.2017, Glasgow, Scotland,

Virtual Dermatopathology
13th Baltic Association of Dermatovenereologists Congress
21-23.2017, Riga, Latvia 

Lecture, 02.03.2016, Joint Meeting of the ISDP, Washington, D.C., USA

Lecture, 27.9.2013, XXIV Symposium of the ISDP,
Florence, Italy

Focus Sessions: Director: Ellen Mooney, MD
AAD Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., USA, 04.03.2016 and San Francisco, CA, USA, 22.3.2015

WEB PAGES


DermNet NZ, Virtual Microscopy

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