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Annual Conference Objectives

Educational Needs

The educational needs are to advance the science of laser medicine and surgery, provide better education in the safe and effective clinical use of laser and energy-based devices, involve residents and trainees in laser education, and train non-medical clinical personnel who work in the laser field. Through didactic lectures, abstract sessions, courses, and conversation, the ASLMS Annual Conference instructs attendees on everything from the basic science underpinning clinical applications of laser, the most up-to-date research on medical and surgical application of laser technologies, to their routine practical use in the clinical setting.

Designated Participants

The designated participants are all those interested in the use of laser, energy devices, optics, and ancillary fields of surgery and medicine. The ASLMS Annual Conference is not a specialty specific conference but rather technology-specific conference. Physicians attending the conference include dermatologists, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, urologists, general surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, oncologists, just to name a few. In addition, attendees from dentistry, veterinary medicine, the nursing and allied health fields, as well as scientists, researchers and industry itself, are all welcome to share information about a variety of topics on lasers.

Background Requirements

While knowledge of lasers and their use in medicine and surgery is desired, the material presented at the conference is directed at all knowledge levels, including sessions accessible to novices coming to learn about lasers for the very first time.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Attendees will leave the conference with a better understanding of the latest basic science and clinical research in lasers and energy devices which may lead to novel therapeutic strategies, be better able to select appropriate laser and energy device therapies for specific patient problems, be better able to anticipate, prevent, and manage adverse events associated with clinical laser treatments, and to collaborate with patients to develop treatment plans that meet their physical and emotional needs. Attendees will identify gaps in their knowledge and performance and will use the information presented at the Annual Conference to close those gaps and improve their clinical outcomes and reduce their complications. These learning objectives will be reached by attendance in the fundamentals course, clinical application courses, breakfasts, luncheons, workshops, plenary session, clinical breakout sessions and combined sessions, focus sessions, and ePoster presentations. The multispecialty nature of this conference provides unique opportunities for cross fertilization between specialties that frequently leads to clinical breakthroughs in multiple fields.

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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