More than a Meeting: It’s an experience!


Standardized Patient workshops will focus on breaking bad news, medication management, the difficult patient, and the total body skin exam.

There are many exciting things that are being introduced — and returning — to the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re looking for hands-on experience, simulated patient encounters, or trending topics, the Annual Meeting has you covered with the best scientific sessions that dermatology has to offer. To search for information about education sessions, go the 2017 Annual Meeting portal.

Here are just a few of the many great reasons to attend this year:

  • Hands-on sessions: As the meeting continues to grow, so do the number of available hands-on sessions; including the new “Hands-on: Fire and Ice! Electrosurgery and Cryosurgery” (W014) and the popular “Hands-on: Practical Anatomy for Dermal Fillers,” which will be presented twice (W010 and W018). Other hands-on session topics include lasers, scar revision, nail surgery, suture techniques, wound closures, and varicose and telangiectatic veins.
  • Live demonstrations: In total, there will be three available Live Demonstration courses, which will include “Live Demonstration: The State of the Art of Aesthetic Dermatology” (C009), “Live Demonstration: Soft Tissue Augmentation and Neuromodulators — Simultaneous Cadaver Prosection and Live Patient Injections” (C012), and “Live Demonstration: Head and Neck Anatomy” (C019).
  • Hot Topics: One of the meeting’s most popular sessions allows attendees to choose the subjects they most want addressed. This session will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, and will touch on topics such as contact dermatitis, health care reform, facial sculpting and fillers, as well as new and emerging therapies for acne and atopic dermatitis.
  • Conquer the Boards: An Experiential Review: This highly popular session, which was formerly known as “Board Prep for Residents,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, and will provide attendees with hands-on experience by taking a simulated, shortened version of the ABD certification exam.
  • Botulinum Toxin: Video Instruction and Live Panel Discussion: This highly sought-after session involves master injectors from North America who will share video techniques and pearls with participants. Audience members will try to predict injection locations and botulinum toxin doses in this interactive session, while presenters challenge them with novel approaches that can be used immediately in any practice.
  • Managing Tough Real Life Dermatology Cases symposium: This is a new session that will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017, and will present common but difficult cases that represent medical, surgical, and pediatric dermatology. It will include an audience response system to benchmark how other members of the audience would manage the patient, and the faculty presenter and panel will discuss their approaches with participants.
  • Rewards and Awards: How to make QI Pay Off symposium: This session will be geared towards residents, with the last hour being a competition among attendees.
  • Practical Approaches to Assessing Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Patients in Clinic workshop: This highly popular session, presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, will focus on expanding the physician knowledge base and improving clinical confidence and effectiveness in assessing disease severity and quality of life tools in treating patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. 
  • Expanded number of eligible MOC self-assessment credit sessions: The American Board of Dermatology has expanded the number of sessions eligible for MOC self-assessment credits, including all hands-on and audience response system sessions, in addition to the traditional question-based sessions.
  • Standardized Patient Workshops: The Patient Encounter: These simulated sessions have always been a hit, which is why they’ll be returning to the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting. They are all hands-on, and focus on the following topics: breaking bad news, medication management, the difficult patient, and the total body skin exam.

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