17 April 2013

New attendance record set at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Annual Meeting

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (April 17, 2013) —The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) held its biggest Annual Meeting to date in Miami Beach from March 1-5.  Setting a new record, 19,420 people from more than 97 countries attended the 71st Annual Meeting — continuing the Academy’s trend of strong attendance numbers at its scientific meetings.

With a common goal of enhancing patient care through continuing medical education, more than 900 speakers contributed to nearly 400 scientific sessions on the latest research and clinical information in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions.

“As demonstrated by the record-setting attendance, the Academy’s Annual Meeting continues to offer an outstanding scientific program that provides an opportunity for dermatologists from around the globe to come together, learn and discuss the most exciting topics in dermatology,” said board-certified dermatologist Janet A. Fairley, MD, FAAD, chair of the Academy’s Scientific Assembly Committee. “By keeping informed of the latest trends and research in dermatology, our patients will continue to receive the best care.”

More than 11,000 medical personnel attended the meeting, setting yet another record for the Academy. There were 921 scientific posters presented at the meeting. Exhibit space totaled more than 176,000 square feet with exhibitors from more than 400 companies.

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the Academy held a Dermatology in Action service initiative in an effort to give back to the Miami Beach area. Through HandsOn Broward, Academy members volunteered in a beautification project to enhance the Miami Beach Police Athletic League (MBPAL) community center. In an effort to increase excitement and creativity among the youth, Dermatology in Action volunteers helped landscape and enhance the MBPAL’s entryway, created murals for the media centers, and painted a “Hall of Color” using colors of the local sport teams. In addition, the Academy donated two portable shade structures to provide sun protection for youth activities.

The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy will be held in Denver from March 21-25, 2014.

Celebrating 75 years of advocating for dermatologic research and quality patient care.
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).