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AAD VMX responds to member needs with first-ever virtual meeting

As it became increasingly apparent that the AAD Annual Meeting would not happen this year, AAD staff and its Board of Directors convened daily to discuss new ways to provide content and education to its members. Drawing on a wealth of creative resources, the Academy rose to the challenge and created an innovative platform and program, bringing its members the 2020 AAD VMX 2020, June 12-14, its first-ever virtual meeting. By the end of the initial weekend event, more than 4,000 people had registered for AAD VMX, exceeding expectations for success.

AAD VMX registrants were transported to a voluminous, multi-faceted virtual exhibit hall and had access to informative sessions as well as live events, like the daily Q&A sessions and the COVID-19 Town Hall on June 13.

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More than 4,000 people registered for AAD’s first virtual meeting.

Many reported the new format fulfilled their needs and offered them the opportunity to access high-yield content at their convenience.

“I loved attending the AAD’s first virtual meeting,” said Pittsburgh dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky, MD. “The AAD VMX had a great variety of lectures to choose from, all of which were immediately available with the ability to watch anytime and anywhere. What I enjoyed most about this conference was the ability to attend lectures on my own schedule. I also appreciated the capability to pause or rewind when I wanted to study a slide or graph more thoroughly. Since the onset of this pandemic, it’s been challenging to find innovative ways to learn dermatology, but AAD VMX was the perfect solution.”

Liza Brown, MD, said: “The AAD VMX 2020 is the conference of the future; a great concept that met the demand of our current situation! The content was educational, ground-breaking, and insightful. The platform was aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. The ability to watch the lectures on demand with options to replay certain high-yield concepts was invaluable. Having access to the content for the remainder of the year is an added bonus. I normally find myself running between lectures during the annual AAD, or having to choose wisely between lectures I don’t want to miss. I truly enjoyed the first virtual AAD, and look forward to adding new techniques and treatments I’ve learned to my practice.”

Third-year dermatology resident Alexandra Zeitany, MD, was one of many who welcomed the ample boards material available at VMX. “COVID-19 has upended every part of our lives, including our board exams, and many review courses were cancelled, so I really appreciated the opportunity to brush up on boards study with the review course,” she said. “And it’s available until December, making it a great resource when I amp up my studying this fall.”

Presenters were also enthused by the experience, finding treasures within the new AAD meeting format. “It was a privilege to be a symposium chair and presenter at the inaugural VMX 2020!” Seemal R. Desai, MD, said. “What an interesting experience for faculty and attendees. I particularly enjoyed the individual connections we were able to make during the Live Q&A sessions, and while it was an online ‘chat’ kind of discussion, it still felt like you were connecting with someone in your virtual audience. The dialogue and discussion was itself a great learning opportunity!”

Another piece of good news: This isn’t over! As members articulated very well above, the sessions are available on-demand. You can still register at any time and view the presentations throughout the rest of this year. Visit the VMX home page for more information.

To claim CME

Click “Claim CME and Evaluation” in the platform after completing a session. Then complete the session evaluation and submit the form.

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