Check out what’s new at the 74th Annual Meeting

The Connection is a new feature at the Annual Meeting, where attendees can meet with colleagues, attend the Plenary, view e-Posters, or take a break.

The Connection is a new feature at the Annual Meeting, where attendees can meet with colleagues, attend the Plenary, view e-Posters, or take a break.

The AAD has incorporated many new options and services to provide attendees with an overall enhanced experience. The new and exciting additions this year are as follows:

  • The Connection: For the first time at an Annual Meeting, the AAD is pleased to introduce a new service for attendees — “The Connection,” a unique, centralized location to chat with colleagues, attend the Plenary, view e-Posters, take a break, charge your phone, and much more.
  • Tuesday — General Sessions: The Annual Meeting will now end on Tuesday. The final two events are General Sessions that will conclude at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The sessions will offer attendees the chance to discover the latest developments in dermatology over the last 15 months at “What’s New in Dermatology,” or uncover practical diagnostic and therapeutic pearls on a wide range of diseases and disorders at “Therapeutic and Diagnostic Pearls.”
  • Focus Sessions, courses, and exhibit hall hours: All focus sessions are now one hour in length, and all afternoon courses will now take place between 1 and 4 p.m. The exhibit hall will be open during new hours and days: Friday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guest access to exhibit hall is only allowed on Sunday, March 6.
  • AAD Resource Center: There will be new hours and a new location, but attendees can still expect to find the same great service. Stop by Friday through Monday to catch one of the new product demos or see what’s new at the AAD.
  • Basic and advanced botulinum toxin video demonstrations: These will be similar to the popular live demonstrations, except expert faculty will perform injections at their practices and record on video what takes place before, during, and after the procedures to allow attendees to see actual results.
  • Standardized patient workshops: Sharpen your patient communication skills with these unique workshops offered in a one-on-one setting. Interact with an actor playing the role of a patient to practice real topics such as medication management, difficult patients, total body skin exam, and breaking bad news.
  • Hands-on workshops: The AAD has expanded its series of popular procedural workshops to include Nail Surgery, Dermal Filler Injections, and Suturing Techniques, as well as two new sessions — Wound Closures and Varicose and Telangiectatic Leg Veins. Expert faculty will demonstrate a variety of procedures in each of these topic areas and allow attendees to practice techniques using cadaveric specimens and/or simulation models.
  • Board Prep for Residents: Residents will have the opportunity to take a mock certification exam by reviewing histopathologic slides on microscopes and answering a series of multiple-choice questions. In the afternoon, expert faculty will review the mock exam with residents so they can gain a better understanding of what to expect.
  • Improve Psoriasis Comorbidity Screening while earning MOC PI credit: This educational session will provide an overview on the quality improvement process as well as discussion regarding the appropriate history-taking of the lifestyle behaviors of patients with psoriasis. This course has been approved by the ABD to meet part of Component 4 of Maintenance of Certification.
  • New way to claim credit: All attendees will be able to complete their session evaluations and claim CME credits online through My Events in the Online Learning Center at All attendees must verify attendance to access My Events in the Online Learning Center. Credit is calculated on a quarter-hour basis and will be reflected on AAD member transcripts at the conclusion of the meeting. If evaluations are filed after the meeting, credit will be reflected afterwards.

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