Get connected: AAD Leadership Forum connects young physicians and state societies


By Rochelle R. Torgerson, MD, PhD

For several years, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has offered a leadership development program known as the Leadership Forum, designed for young physicians in private practice and academics. The Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to enhance their communication and leadership skills in a highly interactive environment alongside colleagues and AAD leadership. Energetic and informative speakers cover key leadership competencies identified by the Academy that are critical to developing physician leaders. 

In 2012, we launched a new program, Leadership Forum in Action, designed to help participants make connections in their efforts to get involved with various organizations that advance the specialty of dermatology. The AAD strongly believes state dermatology societies provide physicians with opportunities to get involved in specialty leadership in a meaningful way. 

Now, we’re asking for your help connecting young physicians with their state dermatology societies.

Our goal is to provide Forum participants with contact information for their state society presidents and executive director. This connection will help foster a two-way relationship between participants and their state society, where individuals can share their areas of interest and explore opportunities to expend their enthusiasm. 

We hope you’ll submit your contact and opportunity information using the link below by March 28, 2014, giving interested physicians the chance to learn about available opportunities through your society. 

Submit your information here: 

Thank you for your leadership and commitment to your state society and to the specialty of dermatology. If you have questions regarding the Leadership Forum in Action program, please feel free to contact Abigail Osborne at or Nikki Haton at

Dr. Torgerson, chair of the Leadership Forum Workgroup, is an assistant professor of dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Torgerson’s clinical and research interests include mucosal disorders, alopecia and excess hair disorders, dermatoses of pregnancy, and skin disease in women. She also enjoys teaching and advising medical students and dermatology residents.