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Boards and Beyond
Sunday, March 23
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gopal A. Patel, MD, FAAD
- Jeannette Rachel Jakus, MD, FAAD
- Bruce A. Brod, MD, FAAD
- Michael P. Heffernan, MD, FAAD
- Thomas D. Horn, MD, FAAD
- Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Describe the structure, format, and process for the American Board of Dermatology examination from the perspective of ABD administrators as well as dermatologists who recently took the examination.
- Recognize the challenges of launching a career in dermatology as seen through private practice, academics, and alternative career paths.
- Describe steps taken by new graduates to begin Maintenance of Certification requirements, involvement with local/national professional societies, and dermatology advocacy efforts.
After spending many years in training, residents find themselves with major hurdles to pass as they become successful dermatologists. These include taking the board examination deciding on a career path, starting the process of Maintenance of Certification and becoming active members of the dermatology community including advocacy. This session will provide information about the structure, format, and process for taking the American Board of Dermatology examination from the perspective of ABD administrators as well as dermatologists who recently took the exam. Additionally, successful dermatologists will share some challenges that they faced when starting their careers. We will discuss and define the many opportunities available from academic dermatology to private practice to the more unconventional paths of military dermatology, clinical research and industry dermatology. A representative of the American Board of Dermatology will introduce the topic of Maintainance of Certification and define the requirements necessary to complete during the first year of practice. Finally, we will give advice on how to become active members of the dermatology community after residency, specifically how to become involved in dermatology advocacy.