Frequently asked questions

When and where will the conference take place?
The 2015 AADA Legislative Conference will take place Sept. 27-29, 2015, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

What is the AADA Legislative Conference?
The AADA Legislative Conference is the specialty’s foremost meeting focused on legislative, regulatory, and political issues that affect dermatology. More than 150 dermatologists, patient group leaders, practice administrators/managers, and political insiders are expected to attend the conference.

The conference is a unique opportunity to hear from health policy experts, discuss dermatology issues with colleagues, attend advocacy training taught by D.C. insiders, and become the trusted and influential voice your members of Congress can rely on.

What are the goals of the conference?
The AADA has three main goals for the 2015 Legislative Conference:

  1. Provide participants with a unique opportunity to learn about the AADA’s advocacy process and how health policy affects dermatology practices and patients every day.  
  2. Boost attendees’ ability to advocate on behalf of the specialty through participation in interactive training sessions.
  3. Position participants as the experts on issues that are important to the specialty by providing the unique opportunity for attendees to meet with members of Congress.

How do I register?
Online registration for the 2015 AADA Legislative Conference is now open. Visit the 2015 AADA Legislative Conference Web page for more information. Space is limited, so register early.

What are the costs associated with attending?
There is a $100 registration fee associated with the registration form. Please note, this charge is a deposit for your hotel stay at the conference, not an additional charge, and can be refunded any time before August 25, 2015.  

If you would like to attend the conference, and will not be staying at the JW Marriot Hotel, please email, aosborne@aad.org to have your deposit waived (you must do this before registering). 

What is the schedule for the conference?
Attendees should plan on arriving in Washington, D.C. by 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 27, and leave no earlier than 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 29. It is important that travel arrangements for departure are not made for earlier than 4 p.m. on Tuesday because the schedule for Capitol Hill visits is subject to change.

The complete agenda will be emailed to all registered participants and posted on the conference Web page prior to the conference. The copies of the agenda will also be available upon arrival at the registration desk.

How much do I need to know about policy, legislative process, and the legislators before coming?

You don’t need to be an expert on policy, the legislative process, or the legislators. You are coming to Washington, D.C., as an expert in dermatology and patient care. At the conference, the AADA will provide you with background materials on your legislators, a copy of the AADA legislative priorities, and a brief training on advocacy.

How do the meetings with my members of Congress work?
The AADA works with its partners to schedule all Capitol Hill meetings for attendees. We use your home and office addresses to determine who your members of Congress are and then contact their offices to schedule meetings for you.

If you have an existing relationship with your elected official(s) this will help expedite the process, and could potentially lead to meeting with the senators or congressmen in addition to their staff. If this is the case, please contact Abigail Osborne, AADA grassroots advocacy staff, via email at aosborne@aad.org. 

Before meeting with your members of Congress and their staffers, the AADA will provide you with specific information about legislative priorities, talking points, and other resources. Remember to bring plenty of business cards!

Because of the constantly changing congressional schedule, your meeting times will not be available until a week before conference. Meeting schedules are subject to change at any point before the meeting takes place.

When do I receive materials for the conference?

Materials for the conference will be emailed to attendees one week prior to the event. Hard copies for the complete materials will only be available upon request. In addition, the Legislative Conference Web page will be updated with the agenda, and other important information, as it becomes available.

Is CME offered?
No, there are no CME credits offered as part of the AADA Legislative Conference.

What should I wear?
For the conference, business or business casual attire is appropriate. Business attire is recommended for Capitol Hill visits.

I have additional questions about the conference. Where do I go for more information?

Please email Abigail Osborne at aosborne@aad.org or call (202) 712-2604.