Leadership Forum

Designed specifically for dermatologists, the Leadership Forum is a highly interactive and enriching weekend that provides an opportunity to advance your leadership and communication skills while networking with colleagues and Academy leaders.

The 2016 Leadership Forum will be April 15-17, in Itasca, Illinois. Participants receive hotel accommodations, meals, and all workshops during the Leadership Forum.

Submit all application materials by Sept. 17, 2015.



  • Must be a member of the AAD in good standing.
  • Must have completed at least one year post dermatology residency training.
  • Must be nine years or less since completing residency/fellowship training.
  • Must have completed residency training in dermatology or a fellowship in a dermatology subspecialty (e.g., dermatopathology).
  • Must not have attended a Leadership Forum in the past.
Teambuilding2FINAL View photos from the 2015 Leadership Forum team-building session

Program fee: Participants selected are required to pay a program fee of $250. The Academy covers the remaining costs for all sessions and workshops, travel, lodging, and on-site meals.

  • Your Myers-Briggs personality style.
  • Communication skills, including:
    • Essential communication keys.
    • Engaging openers.
    • How to elicit audience participation.
  • Conflict management and resolution.
  • Coaching and counseling to enhance staff performance.
  • Change management and how to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Gain insights into your own leadership style.
  • Discover how to leverage your leadership strengths to become a stronger leader.
  • Enhance your communication skills.
  • Learn how to respond to unexpected changes in the moment.
  • Learn how to minimize the negative energy of peer-to-peer conflict.
  • Develop an action plan for getting involved following the Forum.
  • Enjoy an invaluable peer-to-peer learning experience and networking opportunities.
Contact Jaime Campbell-Kraus at jcampbell-kraus@aad.org or call (847) 240-1350.

Mary Maloney, MD: "I'm as old as dirt, and I have been involved in leadership activities..."



Tammie Ferringer, MD: "I'm an introvert, and so I never expected I needed to do so many active things..." 


Seemal Desai, MD: "The LI Forum was an opportunity to really examine what my weaknesses were..."