Get ready for the educational “cavalcade”

By Erik J. Stratman, MD, Chair, AAD Scientific Assembly Committee

Erik Stratman, MD

With more than 350 sessions designed to address the educational needs and hot topics facing dermatology, the 2018 AAD Annual Meeting is shaping up to be an educational cavalcade. With a growing number of hands-on sessions, patient simulation assessments, and audience participation sessions that offer both CME and MOC credit, now, more than ever, dermatologists are able to learn by “doing” through active, adult-centered learning styles. Our technical exhibition will also feature over 400 companies representing the best products and services that dermatology has to offer.

As always, our Plenary session will be another can’t-miss event, with some of the most interesting speakers in dermatology and medicine. The Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture will be presented by Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD. His lecture tells us the story of “Infliximab: How a TNF Inhibitor Advanced from Modest Beginnings to Unforeseen Therapeutic Successes.”

Mary Margaret Chren, MD, an expert in quality-of-life measurement in dermatology, will talk about “The State of (Measuring) the Art of Dermatology” when she gives the Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship. The Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship will be given by Jennifer Doudna, PhD, who will address “CRISPR Systems: Nature’s Toolkit for Genome Editing,” and Alan Irvine, MD, will present the Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship on “Atopic Dermatitis.”

Our keynote guest speaker for the meeting is the 2015 Humanities Medalist, Abraham Verghese, MD. Dr. Verghese is a national best-selling author of such books as Cutting for Stone, and is a prominent voice in medicine with a uniquely humanistic view of the future of health care. We look forward to his presentation, “The Pathology Within: Burnout, Wellness, and the Search for Meaning in a Professional Life.”

We hope you can join us for this outstanding lineup of education delivered by top experts in the field!


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