By Abel Torres, MD, JD
Welcome to Orlando, the land of Magic — the Magic Kingdom, the NBA Magic, and the “magical” dermatology world of the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting. The locale will be lush and friendly, and the meeting site — the Orange County Convention Center — will be grand. The Scientific Assembly Committee and its program chair, Allison Vidimos, MD, have organized a truly outstanding program with much to offer, including interactive sessions, live demonstrations, MOC-directed sessions, a member-directed “Hot Topics” afternoon, many new and smaller sessions, an international symposium day, and several “what’s new” sessions — all of which will broaden and enhance the educational opportunities for members.
The meeting promises a lot, and members deserve the best. The AAD meetings team has arranged the following to complement the overall experience: networking lounges throughout the convention center, an expanded AAD Resource Center, and unopposed exhibit hours to investigate new products and services, all coupled with the opportunity to meet friends and colleagues. And, of course, given the time and inclination, venture out and explore some of the extracurricular activities and sites nearby, including Disney World and Epcot, Universal Studios, and spring training baseball. The meeting will be special, hopefully even magical, and the absolute best the Academy has to offer, set in an attractive area with the promise of good weather and Mickey and Minnie nearby. Can’t ask for more than that!