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Long-term Likelihood of Patch Testing, Academic Practice, and American Contact Dermatitis Society Membership Among North American Alexander Fisher Award Winners From 1989 to 2012

Hamann, Dathan, MD; Taylor, James S., MD

doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000402

Background The Alexander Fisher Award (AFA) recognizes excellence in research among dermatology residents or medical students who make formal presentations at the annual American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) meeting.

Objective The aim of the study was to investigate long-term likelihood of patch testing, academic practice, and society membership among Alexander Fisher Award winners (AFAWs).

Methods The AFAWs from 1989 to 2012 were identified with Internet searches to obtain their current practice location. Each practice was contacted by phone, and staff was asked whether the AFAW performed patch testing. Current ACDS membership was confirmed by ACDS leadership. Academic status was assessed by university association on practice Web sites.

Results Sixty-two awards were presented to 60 individuals from 1989 to 2012. Fifty AFAWs are actively practicing dermatology in the United States (n = 43) and Canada (n = 7). Of 50 practicing AFAWs, 18 (36%) are active patch testers, 29 (58%) do not perform patch testing, and 3 (6%) could not be reached or staff declined to answer. Of the 50, 14 (28%) practice in an academic setting, and 10 (20%) are current ACDS members.

Division of Dermatology Wexner Medical Center The Ohio State University, Columbus; and Department of Dermatology Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, OH.

Address reprint requests to Dathan Hamann, MD, The Ohio State University Medical Center Columbus, 540 Officenter Pl., Suite #240 Columbus, OH 43230. E-mail:;

D.H. is the son of the owner of SmartPractice, a company that manufactures and distributes patch test supplies. J.S.T. has no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.

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