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Thank you for visiting the Advisory Board website to confirm your society’s current tax status. To ensure the Advisory Board follows the Academy’s Advisory Board Organizational and Operational Guidelines, we are conducting an audit. Learn more about constituent societies below.

Constituent societies

Constituent societies will be members of the Advisory Board after:

  1. They are confirmed to be bona fide dermatologic societies (see definition below); and

  2. They have been approved for membership by a majority vote of the Advisory Board Executive Committee.

Constituent societies must be located within the United States, except for the Canadian Dermatology Society.

As defined and adopted by the AAD/A Board of Directors, a bona fide dermatologic society must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization with an individual physician membership;

  • Have a majority of its members who are certified or eligible to be certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College), or a foreign board of its licensing equivalent or who satisfy educational and professional requirements of the ABD or the Royal College;

  • Provide, as its primary mission, continuing medical education for dermatologists, public education related to dermatologic concerns, professional development programs for dermatologists or support for research in dermatology; and

  • Derive its revenues principally from member dues and contributions, member service programs, annual meeting fees, or unrestricted educational grants from multiple commercial sources.

Further, a society may not have membership requirements beyond those for a Fellow member of the AAD, excepting pertinent geographic membership requirements.

Approved at the August Board Meeting, each constituent society may have a representative and an alternate representative. Learn more about society representatives below.

Society representatives

Representatives must be a member of the society that he or she represents as well as a member of the AAD/A. Each constituent society shall identify the representatives, by whatever mechanism best suits that society’s organization, to serve on the Advisory Board for a minimum term of two years. The constituent society may change its representative prior to expiration of the two-year term at its discretion.

The representative must be a Fellow in good standing with the Academy and a member of the constituent society. An Advisory Board representative should plan to:

  • Serve in this position for a minimum of two (2) years. 

  • Attend, annually, the two General Business meetings of the Advisory Board (in conjunction with the AAD Annual and Innovation Academy Meetings).

  • Provide a short presentation to its membership at its society’s annual meeting; and

  • Facilitate a discussion of pending Advisory Board resolutions with members of its society prior to biannual Advisory Board business meetings.

In addition, representatives may be asked to assist other members of their society in crafting thoughtful resolutions for submission or presenting resolutions on behalf of their society.

Alternate representatives

The constituentsociety may appoint an alternative representative who may assume all rights and responsibilities of the representative when that representative is not available.  The alternate representative must be:

  • A Fellow in good standing with the Academy.

  • A member of the constituentsociety.

  • Named at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.

If the representative of record attends a meeting, the alternate representative is also welcome to attend the meetings but will not have voting privileges.

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