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2022 Innovation Academy: Educational offerings


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Submit an application for Future of Dermatology and Derm Tank sessions

Do you have something that is changing how dermatology is being practiced? We want to hear about it, and most importantly, so do your colleagues! Submit an application to present during the Future of Dermatology session on Thursday, July 21 from 1:00–5:00 p.m.

These presentations should highlight the latest ground-breaking observations in dermatology research, novel techniques, new drugs, devices, and other dermatologic products.

These sessions can also be considered for Derm Tank on Friday, July 22 from 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Submission deadline is Monday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m. (CT).

Submit an application

Here's an overview of the educational offerings at AAD Innovation Academy. Be sure to check out the Schedule-at-a-glance (PDF), and stay tuned for the full program!

Thursday, July 21

Future of Dermatology
New/novel drugs, devices, and techniques.
We're accepting applications through May 18. See above for more information.
(This session is not certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit™)

Branding & the Business of Dermatology
Leadership with guest speaker Libby Gill, customer service with guest speaker Robert Spector, product development, and marketing.

Derm Labs
Our popular hands-on sessions will include dermal fillers, nail surgery, wound closures, sutures, and scar revision.

Practice Management
Coding challenges, denials, claims process, managing staff.

Keynote & Welcome Reception
The day will close out with an energizing keynote lecture delivered by Jamie Metzl. Then we invite you to join us for a welcome reception where you can explore the exhibit hall and enjoy delicious food and refreshments.

Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl – Opening Keynote

Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and health care futurist and author of the bestselling book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. He delivers energizing and informative keynotes that explore the implications of the revolutionary technologies and geopolitical shifts transforming our world.


Friday July 22 - Sunday, July 24

Parallel sessions covering the latest and greatest in a single topic area. We’ve taken attendee feedback and pared down the number of sessions offered at once, so you can easily go to what’s important and relevant to you, without feeling like you’re missing out.

Derm Tank (Friday, July 22)
A fun, engaging session where presenters pitch their product or procedure to a panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000. We'll be offering snacks and drinks too, so make yourself "at-home" as you enjoy the dermatology version of Shark Tank.
(This session is not certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit™)

Submit a story for DermTales to then share on-stage!

DermTales is the AAD’s take on the popular live story telling events, StorySLAM. During these events, storytellers (slammers) have 5 minutes each to tell a story, based on a theme chosen for the event.

For the 2022 AAD Innovation Academy, we invite our storytellers to submit a story about an innovation they implemented that had an impact on how they practice dermatology.

Submission deadline is June 15.

Submit your story

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