Man of many meetings

Roy S. Rogers III, MD, has a long list of achievements over his career. He practiced dermatology and oral dermatology at Mayo Clinic Rochester from 1973-2010 and served as a consultant in dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Roy S. Rogers III, MD

In addition to his decades long service for the AAD in various roles, Dr. Rogers has had a long-standing interest in oral dermatology, oral pathology, and oral medicine. He has been recognized as an authority in that area having edited three volumes of the Dermatology Clinics and two more volumes for Clinics in Dermatology. To date he has contributed more than 250 scholarly publications.

While this might seem a full enough life, Roy Rogers III, MD, has not been formally recognized for another remarkable achievement. He has attended almost every AAD meeting in the past 50 years. The only exception was in 1970 when he stayed home for the birth of his daughter. Additionally, he has been giving formal presentations at every AAD Meeting for the past 47 years. For the 2019 Annual Meeting, Dr. Rogers will be presenting: F033 – Oral Diseases, Friday, March 1; and F094 – Oral Signs of Systemic Disease on Sunday, March 3.

Do you recall the early days of AAD Annual Meetings and your earliest presentations?

In the early days of the Academy, Meetings were held in December at the Palmer House in Chicago. The meeting dates were later moved to the late winter/early spring to accommodate families and holidays. I’m not sure when I started presenting, but found a record of a formal presentation I gave in 1972 at an AAD Young Investigator Session. I was presenting research results in some type of Young Investigator session sponsored by the SID in earlier years.

What are your current stats on meeting attendance and talks?

To the best of my recollection, I gave formal talks annually since 1972, which is 47 years running — but short of 50 years of talks. In addition, I was physically on site at the AAD for 49 years, again just short of 50 years.

Do you recall the details of when the AAD began Summer Meetings in addition to Annual Meetings?

Yes, I was one of three dermatologists selected by the Board of Directors to trial a summer conference in Chicago (at the Knickerbocker Hotel) to determine if there was interest in a summer academy focused on clinical topics. I was chair, 1981-1984, of the National Clinical Dermatology Conference committee and chaired the first Summer Academy in 1985 after a successful trial. The other two committee members were Dan Kent Chalker, MD (Med College of Georgia, deceased), and John Weiss, MD (representing Chicago Derm). Nasim Fazel, MD, will be presenting “Advanced Therapies and Practical Surgical Pearls in Oral Mucosal Diseases” at the 2019 Summer Academy, and it’s a nice tie-in historically with some things we’ve done in the past.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen over the years at the AAD Meetings?

The biggest changes have been hands-on teaching and procedural dermatology. Less “sages on the stage” and more “guides on the side” sessions. Also more casual clothing (almost everyone was in business attire in the old days). More diversity in attendees and teachers, both in gender and nationality. The added vibe and expertise from the international attendance (this was one of my contributions to the AAD chairing and trumpeting the international elements of our Annual Meeting). I’ve also liked the program providing good education for the younger learner — the resident, the international scholarship recipients, and the newly minted, young dermatologists.

You are presenting during the Oral Diseases session at the Annual Meeting. How has presenting this changed over the years, what’s different about education in this area?

Better AV, from 2.25 inch glass slides to 35 mm Kodachromes to PowerPoint presentations. I don’t miss the days when, occasionally, a slide carousel would be mishandled, fall to the floor and the slides would fall out! All the CME requirements, including practice gaps, have made presentations better adapted to the needs of the learners. I have two talks this year, both PowerPoints with all the CME bells and whistles accounted for. No handouts. Which is great. It saves paper and money!

Do you have a memorable meeting from the past?

Snowy Chicago and Christmas decorations in downtown Chicago, lunch at Marshall Fields, purchasing a Christmas dress at Marshall Fields for our daughter each year. The huge, beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Palmer House and the department stores. Meeting the professors in the Pump Room of the Palmer House as a newly minted dermatologist or in the halls or elevators. They were wearing badges bedecked with many ribbons (looking like the generals of a banana republic as noted by our son). Departmental reunions at the flagship hotel on Saturday evening, seeing everyone going and coming from their department event. This has been embellished by Friday evening receptions at the present AAD Annual Meetings.

After presenting for so many years, what keeps it fresh for you?

I love to teach, there are always new learners, international learners, and all levels of sophistication. I love to learn so I stay up to date.

About Roy Rogers III, MD

Dr. Rogers practiced dermatology and oral dermatology at Mayo Clinic Rochester from 1973-2010 and served as a consultant in dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Rogers was Student and then academic dean of Mayo Medical School (1982-1989). Later, he became dean, Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences, for 10 years. He was chosen Distinguished Educator by Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2004. During his career, Dr. Rogers has received many awards and honors. These include: two Presidential Citations, the Gold Triangle Award, the Thomas G. Pearson Memorial Education Achievement Award, the Everett C. Fox, MD Memorial Lectureship, and honorary membership, all from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). He served on the Board of Directors twice and was vice president in 1999-2000. In 2015, the AAD recognized him with the Master Dermatologist Award, a prestigious award given to one dermatologist each year.

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