Leadership Forum

Applications for the 2016 Leadership Forum will open July 2015. Send me an email reminder when the application opens!

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.

What you will learn

  • 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.

How you will benefit

  • 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.

In addition, our sessions are led by the country’s best trainers. These highly engaging speakers are specialists in their fields and truly make learning come to life.

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


  • 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.

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.

Please email Jaime Campbell-Kraus with any questions 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..."