A Patient’s Journey Toward a Pemphigus Vulgaris Diagnosis
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Location: Temple Dental School
Credit: 1 (L)
Location: Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, 3223 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Lecture Room A, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Register: RSVP by February 3, 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Put pemphigus and pemphigoid on your radar! In this course, a patient with pemphigus vulgaris will share her emotional diagnosis journey. This deeply moving and educational presentation shines a light on the average pemphigus and pemphigoid patient experience of delayed diagnosis. For Daphne, multiple encounters with her healthcare providers and incorrect treatments. Daphne hopes her story will shorten diagnosis times for future patients. Pemphigus and pemphigoid (P/P) are chronic, autoimmune, blistering diseases that target proteins essential in holding together skin and mucosal epithelial cells. Due to the high prevalence of patients’ oral symptoms, dental practitioners have the unique opportunity to reduce diagnostic delays.
Upon course completion, you will:
Daphne Smolka is a Patient Educator and Awareness ambassador for the IPPF. Daphne was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris in 2014 after a year being misdiagnosed in 2013. She is currently on the road to remission. Daphne is active in a number of philanthropic activities in her community. She graduated from George Washington University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Economics. She also earned a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in 1997. Daphne lives in South Florida with her children.