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The Latest in Educational Opportunities in 2020

The Latest in Educational Opportunities in 2020

With the rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the globe, medical conferences have been put on hold. Not immune to the virus was the 2020 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting, which was scheduled for late March. Even future meetings, including the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants 2020 Summer Dermatology Conference (formerly set to take place May 13-17, 2020), have canceled their events to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dermatology is full of innovation, and some conferences are turning to the web to make sure the latest research and best practices are still promoted. Among those that have turned digital is Revolutionizing Atopic Dermatitis (RAD), which transformed into an online experience on April 5. RAD provided two cycles of mini-symposium and late-breaking research presentations, led by Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH.

As meetings are rescheduled, planned, or pushed online, The Dermatologist will share that information across our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).



American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)

Annual Meeting Online Experience

The ACDS has worked with a number of its speakers to create a virtual platform to share presentations on demand for CME credits. Prerecorded presentations include “Patch Test Billing and Reimbursement” by Jenny Murase, MD, and slide-only presentations include “Non-Metallic Medical Device Dermatitis” by Sara Hylwa, MD. Accepted posters are also online and are not eligible for CME.



Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit

Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12
New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY

This multispecialty conference brings together experts in rheumatology, dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology, and internal medicine to address immune-mediated diseases. Sessions include “Cutaneous Manifestations of Gastrointestinal Disease and Approach to Management” by Bridget Shields, MD, and “Patient Demonstration: Clinical Assessment of PSO/PsA” by Joseph F. Merola, MD, MMSc.

Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) 38th Annual Convention

Wednesday, July 15, to Saturday, July 18
Crowne Plaza Denver, Denver, CO

The DNA’s convention was rescheduled to a later date in July, and registrants have the option to attend the new conference date or access recorded sessions for CNE credits shortly after the convention’s conclusion. Sessions include “Atypical Leg Wounds and Dermatological Nursing: Climbing to New Heights” presented by Jessica Simmons, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CWOBm, DNC, and “Tips & Tricks for Assisting a Mohs Surgeon” presented by Renata Prado, MD.

Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education (SCALE)

Wednesday, July 22, to Saturday, July 25
Music City Convention Center, Nashville, TN

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, Music City SCALE brings together aesthetic and medical dermatology’s key leaders and researchers for a comprehensive conference in the roaring city of Nashville. SCALE codirector and The Dermatologist editorial advisory board member Dr Michael Gold writes more about the conference on page 11.



AAD Innovation Academy

Thursday, August 13, to Sunday, August 16
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

The AAD has transformed their summer conference into the Innovation Academy, a new meeting offering the latest clinical information, practice trends and techniques, and emerging products. Parallel sessions focused on a single topic will run daily throughout the conference, allowing attendees to focus on one area of an interest without jumping from session to session.

Note: this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you attend a great conference or meeting and want to share it with your peers, please send your recommendation to

Disclosure: Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit is an event run by HMP Global, the publisher of The Dermatologist.

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