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Derrick Adams, DO, FAOCD
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Growing up in Oklahoma, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and completed his internship in internal medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Adams was stationed at Travis Air Force Base where he served as a Captain and General Medical Officer at David Grant Medical Center. After his tour of duty, Dr. Adams spent three intensive years at Michigan State University, where he completed his residency in dermatology with a special focus in dermatological surgery.

Dr. Adams has a special interest in skin cancer and medical dermatology, authoring a wide range of articles across dermatology, pharmacology and dermatological surgery. He treats all diseases of the skin to include: psoriasis, eczema and autoimmune diseases. As the field of dermatology arose from within internal medicine and Dr. Adams’ approach to the skin takes into account the global health and well-being of the patient.

A particular interest for Dr. Adams is evaluating the cost/benefit ratio and science behind treatments. He prides himself on being the “Consumer Reports” of dermatology and not over-treating patients.

Embryology For the Rest of Us

Topics addressed will be embryology and how it relates to daily practice.


  1. Broaden knowledge of embryology among practicing clinicians
  2. Provide an appreciation for the busy dermatologist and new viewpoint of what is seen day to day


  1. Advances in medical knowledge


  • Bastio B. “The Molecular Pathology of Melanoma: An Integrated Taxonomy of Melanocytic Neoplasia.” Annu. Rev. Pathol. Mch. Dis. 2014.9:239-271. 
  • Raamsdonk C. “Link between schwann cells and melanocytes in development and disease.” Piment Cell and Melanoma Research. Vol 26:Issue 5. 634-45.
  • Ono T, Mah K, Hu F. “Dermal melanocytes and elastic fibers.” J. Cutan Pathol. 1985:12:468-75.

Core competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

The Culture of Your Wound Culture

This lecture will discuss how to investigate a wound from an infectious standpoint and raises awareness about the limitations of standard culture.


  1. Recognize basis and limitations of standard culture technique
  2. Discuss the Human Microbiome
  3. Use this information to review current wound culture techniques


  1. New methods of diagnosis or treatment
  2. Advances in medical knowledge


  • Gardner SE and Frantz RA., “Wound bioburden and infection-related complications in diabetic foot ulcers.” Biol Res Nurs. 2008: 10:44.
  • Misic AM, Gardner SE, Grice EA. “The Wound Microbiome: Modern Approaches to Examining the Role of Microorganisms in Impaired Chronic Wound Healing.” Advances in Wound Care. 2014;3(7): 502-510. doi: 10.1089/wound. 2012.0397.

Core competencies: 1, 2, 3 

Disclosures: No disclosures provided by speaker

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