An all-encompassing learning experience

The Annual Meeting offers a variety of education sessions topics and formats.

Get ready for the exciting educational opportunities that await at the upcoming 2018 AAD Annual Meeting. Our expert-led sessions are divided into 10 tracks, allowing you to customize your educational experience and make the most of your meeting time. Take part in engaging sessions and bring the latest in dermatology care back to your patients! Whether you’re looking for hands-on experience, simulated patient encounters, or trending topics in dermatology — the Annual Meeting has you covered.

Below are highlights of what you can expect at this year’s meeting.

  • Hands-on workshops. Don’t miss the seven actively engaging workshops, including the new and popular one from last year, “Hands-on: Fire and Ice! Electrosurgery and Cryosurgery” (W005). Other topics range from lasers, nail surgery, and wound closures, to anatomy for dermal fillers and more.
  • Live demos. Choose from two available Live Demonstration courses in Friday’s schedule: “Live Demonstration: Soft Tissue Augmentation and Neuromodulators – Simultaneous Cadaver Prosection and Live Patient Injections” (C001) and “Live Demonstration: The State of the Art Aesthetic Dermatology” (C008).
  • Hot Topics. One of the meeting’s most popular sessions, “Hot Topics” puts attendees in the driver’s seat to choose the topics that interest them most. This session will be presented from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. Areas of focus include cosmetic, medical, pediatric, and surgical.
  • Late-breaking Research. Learn about the most recent scientific findings in areas such as procedural dermatology, clinical trials, clinical studies/pediatric, and basic science/cutaneous oncology/pathology.
  • Symposium sessions. A potpourri of symposia is sprinkled throughout the meeting, including the two final sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Other featured fare are “Best Evidence-Based Opportunities for Cost-Effective Skin Care” (S003), “Rewards and Awards: How to Make QI Pay Off” (S033), and “Dermatologic Surgery: Cosmetic Tips and Pearls” (S039).
  • Standardized patient workshops: The Patient Encounter. These hands-on, simulated sessions are a long-running hit, which is why they’ll be returning in 2018. Categories include “Breaking Bad News,” “Giving Feedback,” “Medication Management,” “The Difficult Patient,” and “Total Body Skin Exam.” There are multiple ticketed options to participate in the workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Conquer the Boards: An Experimental Review. Geared toward dermatology residents, this valuable session replicates a shortened version of the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) certification exam. Register to attend the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.
  • Botulinum Toxin: Video Instruction and Live Panel Discussion. Master injectors from North America share video techniques and pearls on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants try to predict injection locations and doses in this interactive session, while presenters challenge them with novel approaches that can be applied in any practice.
  • Other new and popular sessions. These featured sessions are limited and sell out quickly, so reserve your space in advance.
    • The Patient Encounter: Giving Feedback 
    • Advanced Cosmetic Procedures: Lipo, Lifts, and Lids (S034) 
    • Hands-on: Practical Anatomy for Dermal Fillers (W003) 
    • Hands-on: Scar Revision (W007) 
    • Derm Exam Prep Course: Refresher (C006) 

In addition, the meeting has received approval from the ABD to offer an expanded number of sessions eligible for MOC self-assessment credit, including all hands-on and most audience response system sessions.

For more information on education sessions, including a list of topics and descriptions, visit the 2018 Annual Meeting portal.


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