Dermatology conferences and meetings offer great resources to network, learn from industry experts, and bring back useful information which can be used in your everyday practice. The WDS Practice Advisory Committee (PAC) has put together a list of their recommended meetings to attend related to business and practice management for both dermatologists and office managers.
AAD - American Academy of DermatologyI love the "Hands On" courses at the AAD! These are a fantastic way to update existing skills and learn new skills one-on-one from experts around the country and world.
ADAM - Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers Annual MeetingOur office manager feels ADAM, Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers Annual Meeting, is the most comprehensive and efficient way to learn about changes that happen each year. This meeting happens in conjunction with the AAD.
It is better than attending general dermatology meetings because the meeting focuses on only the manager role. Often other meetings include medical, surgical, or other clinical highlights that do not pertain to the office manager or business. Other management courses are often broad overviews, and this meeting is very focused and detailed. It includes more than just the basic information.
ADAM discusses everyday problems and resolutions that managers can benefit from. Interaction and networking with other practice managers is invaluable. ADAM has a fantastic annual survey that gives insight into trends in dermatology and is not weighted by a company selling anything.
ASDS - American Society for Dermatologic SurgeryThe ASDS annual meeting features diverse learning topics covering skin care, new techniques, new technologies as well as providing a great forum to connect with colleagues practicing procedural and aesthetic dermatology. I particularly enjoy the Unplugged session that takes place before the official start of the conference - there I learn about unique practices, pearls and perspectives on products, devices and approaches.
- Monica Li, MD, FRCPC, FAAD
ASLMS - American Society for Laser Medicine and SurgeryThe ASLMS Annual Conference is great for both for dermatologists with experience in lasers and those looking to expand their practice with laser medicine. As technology with medical lasers and energy-based devices are rapidly expanding, this conference offers insights into cutting edge evidence-based research and real-life experiences from some of the best laser experts in the country. If you are looking to purchase a new device or grow your expertise in using devices that you already have access to this conference is a must!
- Jeanette M. Black, MD