Legislative Conference

Leg Conf 2015 register

Dermatologists and patient advocates from across the country will join together in Washington, D.C., for the 2015 AADA Legislative Conference and present a united voice to Congress about dermatology’s most pressing issues.

The 2015 Conference will take place on Sept. 27-29, in the heart of Washington, D.C. at the JW Marriott Hotel and offers participants a unique opportunity to attend advocacy training sessions taught by health policy experts, discuss dermatology issues with colleagues, and become a trusted and influential voice your members of Congress can rely on.

Get more conference details below, or review the 2015 agenda and speaker bios.

Registration for the 2015 Legislative Conference is now closed.


Conference details

Legislative Conference participants will learn about issues and legislation that could affect the specialty’s future, receive expert advice on how to get your message heard by legislators, and help advance AADA’s legislative priorities by meeting directly with members of Congress and their staff to voice dermatology’s concerns.

Attendees do not need to be experts on health policy, the legislative process, or the legislators themselves. Participants 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, briefing materials on legislation, and training on how to advocate for the specialty.

The AADA schedules 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. 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.

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The 2015 AADA Legislative Conference will take place Sunday, Sept. 27 through Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The program will begin on Sunday afternoon and will adjourn by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Attendees must make their own travel arrangements to the conference and cover their own lodging at the JW Marriott. However, AAD Meetings staff will make all attendees hotel reservations based on the hotel dates submitted on your registration form, and send confirmations within three weeks of the conference start date. The special room rate for the conference is $289 plus tax per night.

The AADA will provide meals and snacks during the event. 

Registration for the 2015 Conference is closed.

Please note: the $100 registration charge is a deposit for your hotel stay at the conference, not an additional charge, and can be refunded any time before Aug. 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). 

The AADA awards several scholarships to residents who commit to year-long involvement in AADA grassroots advocacy. The AADA covers all expenses to attend the conference for each scholarship recipient. 

To apply for a dermatology resident scholarship, visit the resident scholarship website

For questions about the resident scholarship, email Abigail Osborne at aosborne@aad.org.




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