AAD Recognized Credit

After careful evaluation of the Academy’s longstanding AAD Recognized Credit Program, the Board of Directors has made a determination to cease offering this program as of December 31, 2017.

The decision followed careful evaluation of the program and the current CME landscape. AAD recognized credit does not provide certified CME for a program nor is it required of dermatologists by the American Board of Dermatology or state licensing boards. When the program launched nearly 40 years ago, it served as a valuable marker of quality to dermatologists. However, the program has become less necessary as CME standards have become more rigorous. Further, over the last five years, participation in the program has dwindled, with a 70% decrease in the number of programs applying and 44% decrease in members reporting recognized credit in their CME transcript.


  • Program applications: The AAD will cease accepting program applications on December 31, 2017.

  • Reporting members: AAD Recognized Credit claims for these programs will be accepted through the end of the program term date or December 31, 2018, whichever is later.

Continued CME transcript, award support

The Academy will continue to support tracking credit for these programs through the AAD Recognized Credit section of the AAD transcript. In the future, credit will be captured in the Self-Reported section.

The Academy will also continue to offer the AAD’s CME award to dermatologists who earn a minimum of 150 CME credits during a three-year period. Additionally, award recipients are eligible to receive the AMA Physician Recognition Award at a discounted fee. 

Questions? Contact Chris Presta, AAD associate director, digital learning at cpresta.aad.org.

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