ASDS Celebrates 50th Anniversary During 2020 ASDS Virtual Annual Meeting

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Board certified dermatologists to gather virtually for continuing education and networking on Oct. 9-11

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ASDS will offer uncontested sessions around diversity, COVID-19 and emerging therapies, as well as dedicated time to meet industry representatives in the live Exhibit Engagement Lounge and spotlight breaks to learn about products, solutions and services from industry sponsors.

All board certified dermatologists and their office staff are invited to attend the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Virtual Annual Meeting on Oct. 9-11, which will honor the Society’s 50-year history and celebrate its bright future.

In recognizing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASDS is transitioning its annual in-person meeting to an interactive and impactful digital experience. With 50 educational sessions, the conference’s four tracks will cover everything from essential office procedures during COVID-19 to the latest advances, techniques and innovations for cosmetic, Mohs, reconstructive and general dermatologic surgery.

“The ASDS Annual Meeting Work Group has put together a tremendous virtual program that allows for the live networking and Q&A that our attendees love,” said ASDS President Marc Brown, MD. “ASDS will offer uncontested sessions around diversity, COVID-19 and emerging therapies, as well as dedicated time to meet industry representatives in the live Exhibit Engagement Lounge and spotlight breaks to learn about products, solutions and services from industry sponsors. This virtual, must-attend event delivers topics that reflect the most significant developments and important issues dermatologic surgeons face in this new COVID-19 diverse world. ”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the meeting will feature:

  • An ASDS Turns 50 exhibit booth with anniversary activities.
  • A 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday evening.
  • Historical fun facts integrated in the gamification activities.

“We’re looking forward to an innovative conference that will cover topics for everyone from residents and early-career dermatologists to our core membership of board certified dermatologists and their practice staff,” said ASDS Annual Meeting Work Group Chair Shannon Humphrey, MD, FRCPC. “Attendees will learn new skills and success strategies – so they are better prepared to handle this rapidly changing landscape – and benefit from opportunities with faculty and peer interaction without leaving their home or office. They’ll also be able to claim up to 35.75 CME credits.”

Psychologist and author Nancy Etcoff, M.Ed, PhD, will open the meeting on Oct. 9 with her keynote presentation. Dr. Etcoff conducts groundbreaking and highly cited scientific investigations in the psychology and neuroscience of emotion and the psychology and biology of beauty and aesthetics. Her book, "Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty," has been published in over a dozen languages and is the subject of a one-hour Discovery Channel documentary.

Favorite special events such as the Annual Membership Meeting, Golden Scalpel Knowledge Bowl and Iron Surgeon Competition will still be held. New in 2020, ASDS is hosting the ASDS Got Talent competition to showcase its members’ broad creative and artistic talents. Any ASDS member registered to attend the meeting is eligible to participate by submitting a video before Friday, Sept. 11. Full details can be found at https://asds.net/talent.

Register at https://asds.net/AnnualMeeting by Wednesday, Sept. 16 to receive the 50th Celebration package and access the educational sessions following the meeting. Questions can be sent to education@asds.net.

About the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin throughout every stage of life. ASDS members are recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic and medically necessary skin surgery. They also are pioneers in the field; many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit https://asds.net.

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