By Allison Vidimos, MD
Chair of the AAD Scientific Assembly Committee
I’m pleased to be the Scientific Assembly Committee (SAC) chair during such an exciting time in dermatology. There are many medical meetings that offer good educational material, but as I review this program with over 375 available sessions chosen by the Scientific Assembly Committee, I have to say this is truly great content.
The meeting has continued to grow, with more hands-on offerings, including sessions for lasers, scar revision, practical anatomy for dermal fillers, nail surgery, innovative suture techniques, electrosurgery and cryosurgery, wound closures, and varicose and telangiectatic veins. Additional interactive sessions include “Medication Management,” “The Difficult Patient,” “Breaking Bad News,” and “Total Body Skin Exam.”
Like many years before, the Plenary will again be one of the main attractions of the Annual Meeting, and will include numerous icons from across the specialty on topics of broad interest. Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, will cover both the challenges and improvements that dermatologists will encounter as new models of health care delivery systems continue to evolve in her talk, “Telemedicine and the Future of Medicine.” Christine Léauté-Labrèze, MD, will present “Propranolol in Infantile Hemangiomas: A Successful Drug Repurposing.” Boris C. Bastian, MD, PhD, will share recent research on the molecular evolution of melanomas and a summary on the molecular taxonomy of melanocytic neoplasms in his lecture, “How Moles Become Cancer.” Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE, will present, “Getting to the Heart (and other Co-morbidities) of Psoriasis.” Our guest speaker, RADM Jordan Tappero, MD, MPH — director of the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), Center for Global Health (CGH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — will wrap up the Plenary with his talk, “The West African Ebola Epidemic and the Global Health Security Agenda.”
“Hot Topics,” “Late-Breaking Research,” live demonstrations, and so many other new and returning symposiums, workshops, and courses highlight the expansive list of offerings.
What’s more, we have expanded the number of sessions eligible for MOC self-assessment credit — including all the hands-on and audience response system sessions, in addition to the traditional question-based sessions. Please enjoy the opportunity to choose an enriching, up-to-date, and comprehensive education program.