Life After Residency: A Toolkit for Success


Don't start your career unprepared

Leaving residency has its own unique set of challenges. Make sure you have the tools you need to start your career and be successful by attending this exclusive course for residents.

Life After Residency: A Toolkit for Success
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Ballroom C
Washington, D.C.


Learn the ins and outs of building a career from those who have been there before. This course will cover contract negotiations, maintaining work-life balance, and the power of social media and how to use it to promote your brand and practice. Tips for passing the boards and board prep flash card review will also be included.

  • Course information

    Course information

    Learning objectives

    Following this symposium, the attendee should be able to:

    • Recognize different types of dermatology practice models and feel confident choosing a setting.
    • Negotiate contracts for both academic and private practice settings.
    • Identify ways to maintain financial and mental health while entering the workforce.
    • Develop strategies to succeed in the first 5 years of practice.
    • Recognize the power of social media, and the appropriate ways to use social media platforms to enhance your career.

    Target audience

    Designed for second- and third-year graduate member dermatology residents of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Life After Residency: A Toolkit for Success provides you with the tools to be successful as you leave residency and enter practice.

  • Schedule and faculty

    Schedule and faculty




    1:00 - 1:05 p.m. p.m.


    1:05 - 1:35 p.m.

    Internal Medicine and Dermatology

    1:35 - 1:40 p.m.

    Board Prep Flash Cards

    1:40 - 2:10 p.m.

    Negotiating Contracts for Private Practice and Academics

    2:10 - 2:20 p.m.


    2:20 - 2:45 p.m.

    What I Wish I Knew About Being an Attending

    2:45 - 3:10 p.m.

    Transition Into Practice - AAD Perspective

    3:10 - 3:15 p.m.

    Top Five Tips for Passing the Boards

    3:15 - 3:35 p.m.

    Physician Well-Being/Wellness

    3:35 - 3:40 p.m.

    Board Prep Flash Cards

    3:40 - 4:00 p.m.

    Dermatology on Facebook - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    4:00 - 4:20 p.m.

    The Power of Social Media - Social Media for the Academic

    4:20 - 4:40 p.m.

    Harnessing Social Media to Promote your Brand and Practice

    4:40 - 5:00 p.m.


    5:30 p.m.

    Adjourn for reception

    Schedules and faculty are subject to change; the Academy strives to provide the best-quality educational experience.

    Featured faculty

    • Steven Chen, MD, MPH
    • Sotonye Imadojemu, MD
    • James Kelso, JD, LLM
    • Tamia Harris, MD, PhD
    • Suzanne Olbricht, MD
    • Matt Elias, DO
    • Allison R. Larson, MD
    • Michelle Henry, MD

    Faculty disclosure of relevant financial relationship(s)

    It is the policy of AAD that all faculty participating in an educational activity are required to disclose to AAD and to learners relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest(s) that they or their first-degree relative (spouse, parent, sibling, or child).  “Relevant financial relationships”[1] include financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest[2]. Typically, such relationships would be with companies that sell health care products or services that are consumed by or used in the treatment of patients. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in CME-certified educational activities by individuals with a relevant financial relationship with commercial interest(s), but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether or not said relationship(s) influenced the content of the educational activity.

    Planner and faculty disclosure information is located within the syllabus distributed at the course. Faculty have been asked to also make a verbal disclosure at the start of their presentations supplemented by a disclosure slide to verify the accuracy of the disclosure information printed in the syllabus and ensure their disclosure information is shared with the learners PRIOR to the presentation taking place.

    Resolution of conflicts of interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Academy of Dermatology has implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and mitigate conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control the content of this CME activity.

    [1] Relevant Financial Relationships: The ACCME defines ‟relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. Source:

    [2] Conflict of Interest: When an individual’s interests are aligned with those of a commercial interest the interests of the individual are in “conflict‟ with the interests of the public. Source:

  • Registration


    Register here

    Online registration

    This course is for AAD Graduate Members who are in U.S. or Canadian approved residency program. AAD website login is required. If you think you should be eligible to register but are receiving a message of ineligibility, please make sure you are trying to log in using your Graduate Member account and not a secondary non-member account that you may have created. If you continue to have a problem or have additional questions, please email

    The online registration system will open Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 12 p.m. noon (CT).

    Advance registration will close Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. noon (CT).


    Should circumstances require the cancellation of your registration, notification is appreciated to accommodate others in your absence. Please notify us via email at


    For questions regarding your registration, please contact the Meetings and Conventions department via email at

    Persons with disabilities

    The American Academy of Dermatology provides services for persons with disabilities. If special arrangements are required for you to attend this course, please email and a member of the Meetings & Conventions staff will follow up with you.