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Click on a topic below to find answers to frequently asked questions about VMX 2021:
About VMX

Q: What is AAD VMX?

AAD VMX is a virtual meeting experience for dermatology professionals. The virtual meeting consists of 80 robust scientific sessions. Access to the on-demand presentations begins Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m. CT and concludes Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. CT. It will include live components such as Q&A’s with the faculty. Attendees can visit the virtual exhibit hall, view over 800 e-Posters, and network with colleagues in lounges. There will also be innovative industry-sponsored sessions scheduled throughout the program. In addition, interactive gaming opportunities, the most-popular DermTales, as well as some fun activities and entertainment during break times will be offered.

AAD VMX will offer over 75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME creditsTM. All content, with the exception of the Live Demonstration sessions and select Industry Sessions, will be available on-demand through October 15, 2021.

Q: When is AAD VMX?

AAD VMX will launch Friday, April 23, 9 a.m. CT and will have live components scheduled through Sunday, April 25, 2:30 p.m. CT. All content will be available on-demand through October 15, 2021.

  • User access for profile set-up: April 16, 2021

  • Content launch: Friday, April 23, 9 a.m. CT

  • Live components: Friday, April 23, 9 a.m. CT - Sunday, April 25, 2:30 p.m. CT

  • On-demand through: October 15, 2021

Q: When does access to the on-demand content end?

Access to the on-demand content will end October 15, 2021.

Q: What time zone will the content be offered?

The official time zone of AAD VMX will be Central Time (CT).

Q: What is the official language of the meeting?

The official language of AAD VMX is English.


Q: When does registration open? When does it close?

Registration for AAD VMX will open on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CT.

Registration will close October 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

As a reminder, the live components will take place April 23-25, 2021.

Q: How do I register for AAD VMX?

Registration must be completed online at with credit card payment. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express will be accepted. Wire transfers and checks will not be accepted for payment.

Q: What are the registration fees?

  • AAD Member: $399

  • Resident/Student: $199

  • AAD DermCare Team: $399

  • Non-Member: $599

A full listing of categories and fees can be found here.

Q: Is registration to AAD VMX refundable?

No, AAD VMX registration is non-refundable. Content is available online to all purchasers through October 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CT. If a registrant is unable to participate, fees cannot be transferred or applied to any other AAD product or membership affiliated program.

Name changes are not allowed; registration is non-transferable.

Q: Can I share access to AAD VMX with my colleagues in my practice?

No, individual registration is required to access the content in AAD VMX. Only the purchaser can access AAD VMX and is the only person who can claim CME for AAD VMX.

Q: Can I register more than one person at a time?

Group registration is available for groups of 20 or more. More details here.

Q: I’m presenting a session during AAD VMX. Do I have to pay a registration fee?

Yes, all speakers are expected to register and pay the registration fee.

Educational program

Q: What types of sessions will be featured on AAD VMX?

AAD VMX has lined up robust dermatologic content and scientific sessions to keep you on the forefront of the specialty. AAD VMX will include:

  • Eighty scientific sessions covering topics such as therapeutics, cosmetics, psoriasis, hair disorders, and more.

  • One late breaking research session and over 800 e-Posters covering the latest in dermatologic research.

  • Plenary session featuring: President’s address, Immediate past President’s address, named lectureships, and a keynote speaker

  • Five resident sessions: Gross & Microscopic, Resident & Fellows, Resident Jeopardy, Conquer the Boards: An Experiential Review & Basic Self-Assessment: Slide Review and Discussion

  • Ten industry sessions (Not applicable for CME credit)
    Offered by platinum level exhibit partners. during unopposed breaks:

    • Friday, April 23, 2021
      Unopposed time
      1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Platinum Level Industry Sessions & Exhibits
      Unopposed time
      4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Platinum Level Industry Sessions & Exhibits

    • Saturday, April 24, 2021
      Unopposed time
      8 a.m. - 9 a.m., Platinum Level Industry Sessions & Exhibits
      Unopposed time
      1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Platinum Level Industry Sessions & Exhibits

    • Sunday, April 25, 2021
      Unopposed time
      9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Platinum Level Industry Sessions & Exhibits

Q: How much CME credit can I earn by participating in AAD VMX?

Attendees can earn over 75 CME credits.

Attendees will claim CME similarly to any online activity and should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. *Only the registrant of AAD VMX can claim credit.

Q: Can I claim Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit during AAD VMX?

Yes, any session that includes polling is approved for MOC Self-Assessment Credits.

Q: I’m an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), can I claim CME credit?

The AAD isn’t certified to provide nursing credits, but you can register for the event and submit applicable credits to the respective licensing board for acceptance.

Q: When will sessions be available on-demand?

On-demand sessions will be available starting Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m. CT and can be accessed until October 15, 2021. If you miss the live event we will add the Q&A portions to the sessions for you to listen in later on.

Q: Can I re-watch sessions after I’ve claimed CME credit?

Yes, you can re-watch any or all of the on-demand sessions in AAD VMX before the platform closes on October 15, 2021.

Q: When will abstract information be released?

We plan to release the abstract title and author list for the E-Posters and Late-Breaking programs 1-2 weeks prior to the start of AAD VMX. All abstracts are embargoed until 9 a.m. (CT) on Friday, April 23.

Q: Who will have access to view the abstracts?

Registration is required to view Poster Exhibits, Late-Breaking, Gross & Micro, and Residents & Fellows abstract presentations for AAD VMX 2021. Beginning at 9 a..m. (CT) on Friday, April 23, the full abstracts will be available through the VMX platform. The E-Posters will be available to the public at, on Friday, May 7.

Q: Will posters be published in a JAAD supplement? Yes, the Poster Exhibit abstracts are scheduled to be published in an online supplement of JAAD in July 2021.


Q: What types of exhibitors will be participating in AAD VMX?

The AAD offer virtual exhibit space for products and services in the following categories:

  • Pharmaceuticals (both prescription and nonprescription)

  • Equipment and devices designed for diagnosis or treatment of dermatologic conditions

  • Cosmetics and skin care

  • Scientific/medical educational publications

  • Activities of professional and educational organizations

  • Products or services relating to the support of non-medical aspects of the practice of dermatology (office equipment, record keeping equipment or services, etc.)

  • Physician recruitment and placement services

  • Research survey activities, in conjunction with confirmed exhibiting companies

Q: How many exhibitors will be participating in AAD VMX?

Approximately 40 companies will be participating in the AAD VMX Virtual Exhibits.

Q: Will I have the ability to communicate directly with exhibitors and arrange appointments?

All companies will have the option to be contacted by message. Some companies will also offer enhanced options to schedule a meeting, or participate in live chats, or Zoom meetings.

Q: Will there be an AAD booth?

Yes, there will be the AAD Resource Center, JAAD, and Recognition Lounge booths during AAD VMX.

Networking, social programs, special events, etc.

Q: What is the AAD Talent Show?

See your skilled colleagues share their creativity and talents during AAD VMX.

We are no longer accepting submissions for the AAD VMX Talent Show.

The deadline for submissions was April 9, 2021. Be sure to tune into the VMX Talent Show to see your skilled colleagues!

Q: Will all videos be accepted for the AAD Talent Show?

No, the AAD will need to review the videos and approve. Entries may not contain medical or cosmetic procedures, use of lasers, profanity, nudity, pornographic images, violent images, anti-competitive messages, illegal material, material that violates the rights of third parties, or any other materials that is in violation of any federal, state, or local laws.

Q: Are there prizes for the AAD Talent Show?

No, this is a just for fun event, however those who submit will get additional leaderboard points.

Q: What is the AAD Happy Hour?

The AAD will host a live happy hour from 6-7 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in the VMX platform. There will be seven different activity rooms to visit.

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