Registration is NOW OPEN for the first session in

The Skin Diversity Learning Series:
Expanding Perspectives in Dermatology

September 23rdh at 8PM EDT: Skin Spectrum: Understanding all aspects of skin colour

Speaker: Dr. Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, FAAD, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Learning objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate dermatologic similarities and differences across the skin spectrum.
  • Define normal dermatologic findings in skin of colour.
  • Explain how variations in skin tone can alter disease presentations.

Dr. Elbuluk is the founder and director of the USC Skin of Color Center and Pigmentary Disorders Clinic and also serves as the Director of the Dermatology Diversity and Inclusion Program. Dr. Elbuluk’s clinical and research interests include general medical and cosmetic dermatology, ethnic skin conditions, and pigmentary disorders including vitiligo, melasma, and post inflammatory pigmentation. She is passionate about teaching and advancing the field of dermatology through research on pigmentary disorders and ethnic skin conditions.

This session is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association. You may claim a maximum of 1.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This session was co-developed with Johnson & Johnson Inc. and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.


October 7th at 8PM EDT:  Textured Hair and Hair Loss in people of colour

Speaker: Dr. Crystal Aguh, MD, FAAD, Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Learning objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the structural differences of textured hair.
  • Cite further considerations when diagnosing hair loss in people of colour.
  • Advise and guide patients on ways to best care and manage textured hair.

Dr. Crystal Aguh is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Ethnic Skin Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr Aguh’s area of research focuses primarily on skin conditions that disproportionately impact minority populations, with particular emphasis on cicatricial alopecia. She has authored two books on hair loss and has published over two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and given multiple national and international talks.  As a result of her work, Dr. Aguh is the recipient of numerous prestigious research awards & grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Skin of Color Society, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Dermatology Foundation, and as a 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health award recipient.

This session is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association. You may claim a maximum of 1.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This session was co-developed with Johnson & Johnson Inc. and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.


Next up in the series:

Thursday, November 4th : Common Skin and Nail conditions, Dr. Yvette Miller-Monthorpe

Thursday, November 18th : Pediatric dermatology and issues specific to dark skin tones, Dr. Marissa Joseph

The program will address knowledge gaps in providing optimal care to diverse skin types and tones for certified Canadian dermatologists. With Canada’s sizeable and growing multicultural population, dermatologists are looking to expand and update their knowledge of diverse skin, so that all patients receive representative, appropriate care. This is part of the CDA’s commitment to take action on understanding issues affecting Canadians of all ethnicities, and being part of the solution to ensure equitable access to care as outlined in the CDA’s Statement on Diversity & Inclusion.

There will be 6 Key Topics, covering important areas of care for diverse populations:

  • Skin Spectrum: Understanding all aspects of skin colour
  • Common Skin & Nail conditions
  • Textured Hair & Hair Loss in people of color
  • Skin cancer & sunscreen in dark skin tones
  • Pediatric dermatology & issues specific to dark tones
  • Aesthetic dermatology in dark skin tones