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AAD members to vote on proposed dues increase
In November, the Board of Directors approved a $100 dues increase that will be voted upon by Academy voting members this spring in conjunction with the AAD election for Academy officers and directors.
The Board determined this increase necessary to ensure that the Academy continues to provide outstanding support, effective service, and resources for its members in a range of critical areas including: promoting a positive perception of dermatologists among referring physicians and the public; continuing member education; advocacy; practice management; development of guidelines; timely publications and enhanced online resources.
Specifically, the Board believes this increase is necessary to help fund the rising costs associated with:
- Rapidly changing technology for data collection, enhanced member access to CME, and webinars.
- Outcomes measurements that will assist dermatologists in demonstrating their value and improve quality of care.
- Providing Academy members with effective advocacy, programs and services required to stay on top of the rapidly changing health care and practice environments facing our members today.
Dirk Elston, MD, president, American Academy of Dermatology, said, “The Board understands that there is never a good time to increase dues for our members but we believe this increase is essential because all of medicine, and certainly dermatology, is moving through this time of tremendous change. We need to keep abreast of the changes in policy, educational needs, and technology to remain a viable and agile organization,”
Statements on proposed dues increase are due Feb. 28
The AAD is accepting statements on the proposed dues increase beginning Monday, Jan. 13, through Feb. 28. The proposed dues increase will be presented to the membership for a vote on the spring 2014 election ballot.
The ballot will be accompanied by up to six statements from members who express support for or opposition to the proposed increase (three for and three against). Any member who wishes to submit such a statement to the secretary-treasurer for consideration can do so using one of the following methods:
American Academy of Dermatology
Proposed Dues Increase
930 E. Woodfield Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4729
Statements may not exceed the length of two typewritten, double-spaced pages. A statement may be submitted by one or more members, but no more than three members can be designated as principal authors to be identified with the statement. The deadline for receipt of statements is Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.