AADA Advisory Board and state societies work to advance specialty

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By Robert Durst, MD

Each year the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) convenes to deliberate on important issues to individual practitioners and bring proposed policies in the form of resolutions to the Academy’s Board of Directors for consideration. Advisory Board representatives are liaisons between individual state, local, and regional dermatology societies, and the Academy. Members of the Advisory Board serve a critical role in the Academy’s organizational structure — they are considered the eyes and ears of the practicing physician. 

Through the resolution process, representatives contribute to the formulation of Academy positions, identify trends affecting dermatology, and help develop and support AADA advocacy efforts. This process not only encourages member engagement, but also allows dermatology societies to have input into Academy policies and procedures. Resolutions can be brought forth by a society or individual Academy members. 

State societies have made significant contributions to the specialty by working with the Advisory Board. One society in particular, the Ohio Dermatological Society, was extremely successful in proposing that the AADA develop model indoor tanning legislation, which is now available on the Academy website. The model indoor tanning legislation prohibits the sale of tanning parlor ultraviolet radiation to all children 17 years of age and younger and includes recommendations for enforcement. The resolution was debated by the Advisory Board and ultimately adopted by the Academy’s Board of Directors. As a result, AADA members and dermatology societies have been able to use this legislation to maximize their efficiency, productivity, and opportunities to help legislatures promote the health and safety of all children and reduce their future health care costs.  

Now it’s your turn to get involved and make a difference! If you or your society has an issue of interest and/or concern, now is the time to submit a resolution. Your resolution has the potential to become an official Academy position. I encourage you to work with your dermatologic societies to bring forward thoughtful, timely resolutions for consideration. 

The author, or his/her representative, must be present at the Reference Committee Hearing on Friday, March 21 at the Academy’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver to introduce and discuss the resolution. The full Advisory Board will vote on resolutions at the General Business Meeting on Sunday, March 23. All resolutions should be submitted in the proper format. For more information regarding the resolution process and/or the Advisory Board please contact Abigail Osborne, staff liaison to the Advisory Board, at aosborne@aad.org or visit the Advisory Board Web page.

I, and the rest of the Advisory Board members, look forward to hearing your voices, so be sure to submit your policy resolutions. 

Dr. Durst is a private practicing dermatologist in Topeka, Kan.  He has served on the Advisory Board for over 10 years and is currently the chair. Dr. Durst is a member of the AAD/A Board of Directors, the Organizational Structure Committee, and Council on Government Affairs, Health Policy and Practice.