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It is increasingly apparent that there are only a limited number of opportunities world-wide for physicians to gain concentrated exposure to all the various complex forms of non-scarring hair loss (AGA, early onset AGA, AGA associated with PCOS, alopecia areata, trichotillomania, chronic TE, drug induced TE) and scarring hair loss (LPP, FFA, PPB, CCCA, discoid LE, dissecting cellulitis, folliculitis decalvans, acne keloidalis) and to review treatment. It may take many months for physicians to be exposed to and learn about all of these conditions. The Hair Course provides an opportunity for physicians to explore these questions - in a concentrated and efficient manner and to gain exposure to modern methods of hair transplant surgery.
How does one properly diagnose these conditions?
What work up is needed? What blood tests? When is a biopsy needed?
What are the appropriate treatments? What is the scientific evidence behind their recommendation?
How do we properly diagnose and treat hair loss in those with Afro-textured hair?
When is hair transplant a good option for hair loss ? When is it not?
Intensive 1 week training programs in hair loss are presently available under direction and mentorship of Dr. Donovan in Toronto, Canada. Courses are held periodically throughout the year and are given free of charge to physicians-in-training from around the world. Nominal fees are administered to physicians who have completed their training and are in practice. For more information on course availability, please feel free to contact our office:
The goal of the week-long course is to provide physicians and trainees with concentrated exposure to a variety of commonly encountered and complex hair loss conditions. The course will provide a mixture of didactic lectures, clinics, rounds, readings and workshops. Physicians work closely with Dr. Donovan learning about all aspects of hair loss. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in 6 hair loss clinics under supervision and to observe 2 hair transplant procedures.
Time spent in the 6 half day hair clinics will expose participants to dozens of challenging diagnoses with time to explore diagnosis, differential diagnoses and appropriate first, second and third-line treatments. Time in the surgical centre will enable participants to better understand the procedural options for treating hair loss including follicular unit hair transplantation and platelet rich plasma. An array of lectures and workshops throughout the week provides an additional means of developing and solidifying knowledge.
October 31 - November 4, 2016 - COURSE FULL (CLOSED)
** please note that a course will not be offered in 2017.
By the end of the one week course, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the clinical and pathological features of common and rare hair loss conditions
2. Discuss appropriate work-up for patients with hair loss (blood work, biopsy)
3. Select appropriate 1st, 2nd and 3rd line treatments
4. Describe the role of hair restoration surgery in the treatment of hair loss
Please note: Current hair course participants are requested to carefully check the information packages sent to them by email for precise dates and times and NOT rely on the schedule below **** The weekly schedule is slightly different for each iteration of the Hair Course ****
DAY 1 (MONDAY)
7:30 - 9:00 Lecture 1: Overview of Non Scarring & Scarring Hair Loss
9:00 - 11:30 Hair Clinic 1
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Lecture 2: Diagnosis and Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia
1:00 - 4:00 Hair Clinic 2
4:30 - 7:00 Lecture 3: Introduction to Hair Transplantation
7:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
A link to the online "Quiz 1" will be emailed at the end of the day and participants can complete the interactive session online. Answers are provided immediately following completion of the quiz. It is not a ‘test’ but rather a means to help solidify knowledge, review key points and introduce concepts that may not have been introduced fully or at all during the day.
DAY 2 (TUESDAY)
7:30 - 12:00 Hair Transplantation: Case 1
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 7:00 Patient consultations followed by Workshop 1: The Pathology of Hair Loss
7:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
A link to the online "Quiz 2" will be emailed at the end of the day and participants can complete the interactive session online. Answers are provided immediately following completion of the quiz. It is not a ‘test’ but rather a means to help solidify knowledge, review key points and introduce concepts that may not have been introduced fully or at all during the day.
DAY 3 (WEDNESDAY)
7:30 - 9:00 Morning “Hair Rounds”
9:00 - 11:30 HAIR CLINIC 3
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Lecture: Diagnosis and Treatment of Scarring Alopecia (Part 1)
1:00 - 4:00 HAIR CLINIC 4
4:30 - 7:00 Lecture 4: Diagnosis and Treatment of Scarring Alopecia (Part 2)
7:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
A link to the online "Quiz 3" will be emailed at the end of the day and participants can complete the interactive session online. Answers are provided immediately following completion of the quiz. It is not a ‘test’ but rather a means to help solidify knowledge, review key points and introduce concepts that may not have been introduced fully or at all during the day.
DAY 4 (THURSDAY)
7:30 - 9:00 Lecture 5: Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Telogen Effluvium
9:00 - 11:30 HAIR CLINIC 5
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Lecture 6: Diagnosis and Treatment of Alopecia Areata
1:00 - 4:00 HAIR CLINIC 6
4:30 - 7:00 Review and Lecture 7: The Hair Shaft Disorders
7:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
A link to the online "Quiz 4" will be emailed at the end of the day and participants can complete the interactive session online. Answers are provided immediately following completion of the quiz. It is not a ‘test’ but rather a means to help solidify knowledge, review key points and introduce concepts that may not have been introduced fully or at all during the day.
DAY 5 (FRIDAY)
7:30 - 12:00 Hair Transplantation: Case 2
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH:
1:00 - 4:00 Workshop 2: 50 Publications in Hair Loss We Should All Know
4:00 pm Wrap up & Evaluation
WHY WAS THE COURSE CREATED?
Although hair loss is common, concentrated exposure to hair loss problems during physician residency training and/or fellowship training may not be available in all training programs. The course was created to provide concentrated exposure and teaching in all areas of hair loss medicine. It is an intensive 5 day course with 10 hour days with further review and self-study expected of participants in the evenings.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE ?
Each day is slightly different. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Hair Week are “hair clinic” days and start with either a didactic lecture or patient viewing rounds. The mornings and afternoons are spent in clinic evaluating patients with a wide variety of scarring and non-scarring hair loss problems. A series of lectures are presented during morning , mid-day (lunch) and afternoon. Tuesday and Friday are “surgical” days with opportunities to observe and discuss hair restoration surgery. A full schedule of the week can be found above.
WHAT ARE THE ASSOCIATED COURSE FEES?
Fees for the Hair Course are outlined in the application package (see attached) and are as follows:
AM I EXPECTED TO COVER COSTS RELATED TO TRAVEL & ACCOMODATIONS
Yes. Expenses related to travel and accommodation are the responsibility of each attendee.
ARE ATTENDEES ABLE TO PARTIPIPATE IN HAIR LOSS RESEARCH?
Given the intense nature of the schedule for the week, opportunities to participate in hair loss research are generally not available during the 5 day course.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE AN EXTENDED VISIT OR PURSUE AND LONGER FELLOWSHIP?
At the present time, attendance in the hair course is limited to one week. Opportunities for extended visits in the hair clinic, clinical hair fellowships or research fellowships with Dr. Donovan are not currently available.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Interested applicants are invited to complete the attached “Hair Course Application” and email to Lindsey Hill Coordinator, Hair Course at Lindsey.Hill@wchospital.ca or fax to (416) 981-7407. Please include your curriculum vitae.
In addition, Canadian and US residents and fellows are requested to contact the PGME office to apply for an elective status with the University of Toronto. Details are found below. International physicians, including trainees, are requested to complete the attached “Medical Observership Application”
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Physicians may cancel up to 2 months in advance for a full refund less a $ 100administration fee. We do not accept cancellations any closer than 2 months before the start of the course (i.e. end of Jan for March 31 start date).
AM I ABLE TO EVALUATE PATIENTS MYSELF (TAKE HISTORIES, DO BIOPSIES) DURING THE COURSE?
Canadian and US Dermatology residents will be able to have direct contact during clinic days (take histories, perform biopsies, etc) and are required to apply for “elective status.” Individuals with “Observer” status will accompany Dr. Donovan during the evaluation of patients. The course is designed so that physicians with either “Elective” or “Observer” status have an outstanding experience.
AM I ABLE TO HAVE "HANDS ON" EXPOSURE DURING SURGERY?
The strict legal requirements in Canada do not allow participants to perform surgery. However, the course is designed to provide very concentrated exposure and learning in hair transplantation.