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Laser Lecture Series: Cutaneous Lasers

Course Description

This course has been designed as a guide to modern cutaneous lasers. The course starts with an overview of the basic physics behind modern lasers, and then progresses on to discuss a wide variety of laser systems. The course covers vascular lasers, hair removal lasers, pigmented lesion lasers, ablative and non-ablative resurfacing lasers and acne. There is also a section on laser safety. Practical tips and guidelines for the use of a variety of cutaneous lasers are discussed. This course has been designed for both advanced and novice laser users. Participants must review the slide program that follows below and answer the accompanying questions to earn continuing medical education credit.

Initial Release Date
September 1, 2002

Date of Most Recent Review
November 8, 2011

Expiration Date
November 30, 2012

Target Audience

Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons

Educational Needs Addressed

There is an increasing need for on-line educational material on cutaneous laser systems. The cutaneous laser industry changes so rapidly, it is difficult to keep up with via standard text book type information. By the time many things reach print, they are already outdated. This module brings the practicing dermatologist and plastic surgeon current information about the use of cutaneous lasers.

Goals and Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic physics behind modern cutaneous laser systems.
  2. List the safety aspects and concerns of cutaneous laser systems.
  3. Discuss a wide variety of cutaneous laser treatments including hair removal lasers, vascular lasers, pigmented lesion lasers, as well as ablative and non ablative resurfacing lasers.


Emmy Graber, MD
Co-Course Director

Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Associate Residency Training Director
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Faculty member is a consultant for Lumenis. She does not discuss off-label or investigational uses of a commercial product in this program.

Thomas E. Rohrer, MD
Co-Course Director

Physician, Skin Care Physicians
Chestnut Hill, MA

Faculty member receives grant/research support from Candela Corporation, Pao Principle, and Radiancy. He is also a consultant for Julia Therapeutics, and on the Speakers Bureau of Candela Corporation and Radiancy. He does not discuss any off-label or investigational uses of a commercial product in this program.

Planning Committee

Ilana Hardesty and Jason Worcester, MD (Boston University School of Medicine) have nothing to disclose with regards to commercial interest.


Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices occurs.


Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Grant Support

This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Candela Corporation.

Modules & CME Credit

CME credit is available for each module. To complete the post-test for each module, click here. You will need to register to take the tests (you only need to register once). Enter the test code for each module in the search box to access the test. (You can also set a search filter for “Cutaneous Lasers” instead of using the search box.)

To obtain credit, you need to receive a score of 70% or better. You only have one opportunity to take and pass the test and receive a certificate.

Click links below to view lectures:  (Requires Adobe Flash Player)

Module 1

0.75 credits
Test Code: I.CUTLASM1

Module 2

1.25 credits
Test Code: I.CUTLASM2

Module 3

1.5 credits
Test Code: I.CUTLASM3


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Shapiro Center at Boston Medical Center
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8th Floor, Suite 8B
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.COSM (2676)
Email: cosmetic.clinic@bmc.org

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