2022 California Residents Forum

Congratulations to our selected speakers of the California Residents Forum, held at the 2022 CalDerm NorCal Conference! See more information on our Residents, and their abstracts, below. 


Dr. Leandra Barnes is currently a PGY-3 Dermatology Chief Resident at Stanford and serves as a trainee representative on the Society of Investigative Dermatology Board of Directors. She obtained her MD at Stanford University School of Medicine with a scholarly concentration in Bioengineering. Dr. Barnes is interested in elucidating the underlying mechanisms of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a disfiguring condition that disproportionally affects women and people of color.

Abstract:  Cutaneous Involvement by Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN)


Grace Cho is a fourth-year dermatology resident at Stanford and graduated from Stanford Medical School.
Abstract: To Be Cutaneous Lymphoma or Not To Be? That is the Question 

Sakeen Kashem is a Research Track Resident at UCSF. He will be staying on next year at UCSF as a clinical instructor and postdoctoral fellow in Dermatology. 
Abstract: Development of azathioprine associated alopecia areata in a patient with NUDT15 polymorphism 

Nicola Natsis is a current dermatology resident (PGY2) at UC San Diego. She grew up in Los Angeles before earning her B.A. at Cornell University, then attended UC San Diego School of Medicine as a Regents Scholar, where she completed a research fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital. Her current dermatologic interests include general dermatology and emerging dermatologic therapeutics and technologies.
Abstract:VEXAS Syndrome: A New and Important Entity With Skin Manifestations 

Paige Wolstencroft is a Stanford dermatology resident and current chief resident. She is particularly interested in inpatient dermatology and supportive dermato-oncology and grateful for the opportunity to share this case with everyone today. 
Abstract: A Suspicious Scar: Durvalumab and Cutaneous Granulomatous Reactions 

Natasha Zacher grew up in the small town of Loomis, California and completed her Bachelor’s degree at University of California, Davis before earning her MD at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She is currently a PGY-3 dermatology resident at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Abstract: Keloidal Scleroderma 

William Zhang is a second-year dermatology resident at the University of California, San Francisco. 
Abstract: Non-fungemic candidal ecthyma gangrenosum in an immunocompetent adult 

Important Dates to Remember

  • Submission Deadline - Monday, February 28, 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Acceptance Notification - Friday, March 11
  • Presentation Slies Due (for those accepted) - Monday, April 18
  • Live Presentation at 2022 CalDerm NorCal Conference (for those accepted) - Saturday, April 30

The submission form will close at the listed time and date of the deadline. Submissions will no longer be accepted after this time/date. Abstracts are blind reviewed by the NorCal Conference Planning Committee or their designated review committee. Notifications will be sent on or about the notification date listed above and will be communicated to the listed Presenting Author (or administrative contact). This date is subject to change. Due to the volume of communications, we ask that you wait until after the notification date to check on the status of your submission.


Only current residents of California dermatology programs, as of the date of the conference, are eligible to present during the scheduled Residents Forum. Other opportunities for case poster presentations will be open to all dermatology residents and medical students. Please view the Case Poster Presentation page for details. If you would like to be considered for both the Residents Forum and the Case Poster Presentation, you will need to submit an abstract for both separately. The abstract is only eligible for presentation during one or the other - if selected to present during the Resident Forum, the abstract will be withdrawn from the Case Poster Presentation.

Rules & Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 450-word count. This word count only includes the body of the abstract. It does not include author information or references. Abstracts should reflect content of the presentation, including the title.
  • Abstracts will be accepted as text only. Images and visual aides are not permitted; however, if selected, it's expected that you include such materials in your presentation.
  • All abstracts must be submitted electronically using this online form. 
  • All correspondence related to the submission (including acceptance notifications) will be addressed to the Presenting Author, unless an Administrative Contact is listed.
  • If selected, it is expected that the Presenting Author listed, will present the case live, in-person during the Resident Forum, currently scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2022, 10:00 - 10:45 AM. The Presenting Author will receive complimentary registration and a $400 stipend to cover travel costs.
  • The Presenting Author will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest/Disclosures Form.
  • The Presenting Author may submit up to 2 abstracts; however, only one abstract will be selected for presentation.
  • Due to the quick turnaround between the submission deadline and selection, no changes may be made to a submitted abstract after the submission deadline.
  • Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.
  • When listing co-authors, please list all co-authors in the appropriate order. Include full name, credentials, and institution. This list will be used by CalDerm for printing purposes, if abstracts are included in conference materials (TBD). No edits will be made by CalDerm staff. Please check the listing for accuracy prior to submission.
  • Only up to (5) five references may be included.
  • Required abstract content:
    • Patient History / Case Background
    • References (if applicable)
    • Treatment
    • Diagnosis
    • Laboratory Data
    • Biopsies

Live Presentation | Satuday, April 30, 2022, 10:00 - 10:45 AM

Presentations will be in standard AAD Gross and Microscopic format.  Each case presentation should be clinically instructive, limited to no more than 5-7 minutes in length (total presentation time will be determined by number of abstracts accepted), and must be delivered in Power Point format.  If time permits, questions will be taken from the audience at the conclusion of all presentations.  Abstracts for cases that have either been previously submitted for other meetings or events, or are currently being considered for other meetings or events are acceptable. Published cases are not accepted.

CalDerm values participation from California residents at this meeting and ask that you encourage your fellow residents to apply. Should you have any questions, please contact CalDerm at (866) 337-DERM 3376 or membership@calderm.org.

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