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 to be successful by attending this new & revised course for residents.

Life After Residency: A Toolkit for Success
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Room W415A- Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Fla.

You asked, we've listened!
We made some changes to this course to provide you with the content you're looking for as you prepare to leave residency and enter practice.

Learn the ins and outs of building a career from those who have been there before. This course will cover deciding on fellowship, contract negotiations, building an office, financial health, and how to maintain work-life balance.

Explore this course

  • 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.

    Target audience

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

  • Schedule and faculty

    Schedule and faculty




    10:30 a.m.


    11:00 a.m.


    11:05 a.m.

    What Practice Model is Right for You?: Private vs. Group vs. Academic Paths

    11:30 a.m.

    Negotiating Contracts for Private Practice and Academics

    12:00 p.m.

    What an Extra Year Means

    12:20 p.m.

    Alphabet Soup: RVUs, MACRA, PQRS

    12:45 p.m.


    1:30 p.m.

    Financial Health

    2:00 p.m.

    Mental Health


    2:30 p.m.

    Excelling in the Work Environment: Break Out Session 1
    Select a track:
    Track 1: Private Practice
    Track 2: Academic Practice

    3:00 p.m.

    Breakout session switch

    3:10 p.m.

    The Patient Experience: Breakout Session 2
    Select a track:
    Track 1: Private Practice
    Track 2: Academic Practice

    3:45 p.m.


    4:00 p.m.

    Advice from the Trenches - Panel

    4:45 p.m.

    How I Did It - Panel

    5:30 p.m.

    Adjourn for reception

    *Registrants will be contacted in early February to select the breakout track they would most like to attend.

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

    Featured faculty

    • Kavita Mariwalla, MD
    • James KelsoMark Kaufman, MD
    • Dirk Elston, MD
    • Daniel Siegel, MD
    • Scott Dinehart, MD
    • Gabriel Martinez-Diaz, MD
    • Mona Gohara, MD
    • Allison Hanlon, MD
    • April Armstrong, MD
    • Cheryl Burgess, MD
    • Julie Schaffer, MD
    • Rajiv Nijhawan, 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

    Online registration has now closed

    This course is for AAD Graduate Members who are in US or Canadian approved residency program. 

    Advance registration is now closed. Onsite registration will take place beginning at 8:30 am on Thursday, March 2nd at room W415A of the Orange County Convention Center.   


    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.