6th Contact Allergen Bee



   The 6th Annual Contact Allergen Bee winner, a contest for dermatology residents sponsored by DERMATITIS,  is Emily Newsom, MD. Congratulations!

   The contest was held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 during the annual meeting of teh American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS), at the Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel in San Francisco, California.  

Winners of the competition will be awarded up to $1000 (and up to $2000 in total prizes).


Next year's competition will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2015 during the annual meeting of the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) in Washington D.C. 

Although not required, we strongly encourage attendance at the meeting in which residents can register at a discounted rate (visit

How to join?   Have your residency director or a faculty in your program who is an ACDS member submit your name, email address, and phone number to no later than February 3, 2016.  You must be a resident in good standing at the time of the contest.  Previous non-winning contestants may rejoin.   Entries are limited to 2 representatives per program.

The contest has 2 phases:   a qualifying round at 10 am consisting of written multiple choice items; and a final round around noon in front of the meeting audience.  Content of questions is based on papers published in DERMATITIS from 2011 through 2014.  

Upon receipt of your official entry, your program will have electronic access to all relevant issues of DERMATITIS.

Please direct questions to Chito Cruz at  We look forward to your participation and potential coronation as King or Queen Bee!


Past winners include:

6th Allergen Bee (San Francisco, California/March 2015)

First Prize

Emily Newsom, MD

Honorable Mentions

Divya Sambandon, MD

Brienne Cressy, MD

JiaDe Yu, MD

Megan Dowling, MD


5th Allergen Bee (Denver, Colorado/March 2014)

First Prize

Brandon Litzner, MD

Honorable Mentions

Elise Herro, MD

Nita Kohli, MD

Maxwell Sauder, MD

Jason Suszko, MD

Jake Turrentine, MD


4th Allergen Bee (Miami, Florida / February 2013)

First Prize

Jill Moore, MD

Honorable Mention

Nita Kohli, MD
Dana Marshall, MD
Mari Paz Castanedo Tardan, MD
Salma Faghri, MD

3rd Allergen Bee (San Diego / March 2012)

Alexander Jack, MD (1st prize)
Bishr Al Dabagh, MD (2nd prize)
Jackie Dosal, MD (3rd prize)
Rayna Dyck, MD (3rd prize)
Nita Kohli, MD (3rd prize)

2nd Allergen Bee (New Orleans/February 2011)

Jennifer Nguyen, MD -  (1st place)
Heather Lampel, MD - (2nd place)
Gretchen Vanderbeek, MD  (3rd place)

Honorable Mentions:
Patrick Dominguez, MD
Aaron Wong, MD
Brian Kim, MD
Amy Helms Flischel, MD
Charles Knapp, MD

1st Allergen Bee (Dallas/ October 2010)
Michael Sheehan, MD  from Indiana University.


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2323 North State Street #30, Bunnell, FL 32110 USA
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