Something for everyone at summer meeting

From the President

Dirk Elston

Dr. Elston served as the Academy's president from March 5, 2013 until March 25, 2014.

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We didn’t plan it this way — the site of Summer Academy Meeting 2013, which takes place July 31- Aug. 4, was booked well before you elected me to serve as your president. But I’m happy to welcome you to my city, where you’ll see, once again, why the American Academy of Dermatology is the premier provider of dermatology continuing medical education and why New York is the most popular location for the summer meeting.

This year’s meeting includes a variety of sessions to meet every need. You will hear about the latest advances in medical and surgical dermatology. There are the update platform symposia, which debuted last year, giving attendees the latest on important topics in medical dermatology, cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, pediatrics, cutaneous oncology, and dermatopathology. And there are numerous other sessions, including live demonstrations, which show the depth and breadth of our specialty and the remarkable skill of the people who practice it. There are workshops to help meet the self-assessment requirements of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). There are forums to help you figure out how to choose the best electronic health record system and how to use technology to make your care more accessible to patients.

This year’s plenary session kicks off with the Academy’s incoming president-elect, Mark Lebwohl, MD, who will discuss how dermatology has been involved in the development of innovative treatments for a variety of conditions and how to keep this going in the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Lectureship. He will be followed by Angela Christiano, PhD, who will discuss her work to develop new immunomodulatory therapies for alopecia areata. Allan C. Halpern, MD, will talk about advances in screening for melanoma and treating patients with the disease. Marta Van Beek, MD, MPH, will discuss the rise of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, what it means for dermatologists, and what we can do to work with these new entities. Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, will discuss the history of tattoos and piercings and their relationship with dermatology today. Finally, guest speaker Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, will discuss technology in medicine, putting our use of computers today into context alongside other tools of the trade that were once considered novel. [pagebreak]

I hope to see you in New York! Even if you haven’t registered, you can come and register on-site at the Hilton New York. Learn more at

Our summer meeting is just one of many AAD educational offerings that can help dermatologists to navigate the changing licensure and certification environment. CME requirements were simpler in the past, but the environment has changed, with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education tightening its scrutiny of the CME providers it oversees, and the government limiting the ability of medical organizations to offer free CME to physicians without violating the Stark Law. The AAD has risen to the challenge. We’ve made our meetings more dynamic and more focused on delivering knowledge you can put to use to make meaningful improvements back in your practices. We’ve developed educational offerings to ensure that our members can turn to us to find the up-to-date information they need, including a Patient Safety in Dermatology online module, the DermClips literature review newsletter, and the always-popular Dialogues in Dermatology. To help members meet the requirements of MOC, we offer courses at our meetings and the Dermatology Self-Assessment Program, as well as Performance Improvement CME modules on acne, atopic dermatitis, biopsies, and melanoma. You can read more about all of these offerings at

In a changing world, it’s nice to know that you can count on the AAD to continue to evolve to meet your changing educational needs. Check out all of the AAD’s new educational offerings, and I look forward to seeing you in New York.