Schedule and faculty



7 a.m.   


7:30 a.m.


7:35 a.m.

How Private Practice Works in 2015

8:00 a.m.

What you Need to Know about Working at an Academic Medical Center

8:30 a.m.

Employment Contracts: How to Read Them and What to Look For 

9:00 a.m.

Tips for Studying for the Boards

9:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.  Introduction to Coding
10:00 a.m. Learn From My Mistakes
11:00 a.m. Why You Need to Get Involved Politically 
11:15 a.m Young Dermatologists Panel: A Few of Our Favorite Things
11:45 a.m A Brief Lesson on Meaningful Use and PQRS
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Power Hour Panel: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Started
2:15 p.m. 15 questions panel: Answers from the experts
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Case-based learning: Surgical Coding
3:30 p.m. Case-based learning: Medical Coding
4:00 p.m. Does it Make Sense (and Cents) to Add Cosmetics?
4:30 p.m.  Financial mistakes that young dermatologists make
5:00 p.m.  Adjourn

Schedules and faculty are subject to change; the Academy strives to provide the best-quality educational experience.

Featured faculty

Course directors
Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD
Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery
Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center
New York, NY

Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD
SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill, MA

Invited Faculty
Murad Alam, MD
Professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology and Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

April W. Armstrong, MD
Vice Chair of Clinic Research
Department of Dermatology
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO

Ashish Bhatia, MD, FAAD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Annie Chiu, MD
The Derm Institute
Redondo Beach, CA

Scott Dinehart, MD, FAAD
Director, Arkansas Skin Center
Little Rock, AR

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD
Director, Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology
New York, NY

Michael Kaminer, MD
Skin Care Physicians of Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill, MA

Mark Kaufmann, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Dermatology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
New York, NY

Ken Lee, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

Keith G. LeBlanc, MD
The Skin Surgery Centre
Metairie, LA

Gary D. Monheit, MD, FAAD
Director, Total Skin & Beauty Dermatology Center
Birmingham, AL

Rajiv Nijhawan, MD
Assistant Professor
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Seth J. Orlow, MD, FAAD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

Marina Peredo, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology
Mt Sinai Hospital
New York, NY

Susan Poelman MD, FAAD
Clinical Lecturer
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Darrell S. Rigel, MD, FAAD
Clinical Professor of Dermatology
New York University Medical Center
New York, NY

Julie E. Russak, MD, FAAD
Russak Dermatology Clinic
New York, NY

Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD
Clinical Professor of Dermatology
SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Brooklyn, NY

Abel Torres, MD, JD, FAAD    
Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA

Marta Van Beek, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Dermatology
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, IA

Faculty disclosure of relevant financial relationship(s)

It is the policy of AAD that all faculty participating in an educational activity are required to disclose to AAD and to learners relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest(s) that they or their first-degree relative (spouse, parent, sibling, or child).  “Relevant financial relationships”[1] include financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest[2]. Typically, such relationships would be with companies that sell health care products or services that are consumed by or used in the treatment of patients. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in CME-certified educational activities by individuals with a relevant financial relationship with commercial interest(s), but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether or not said relationship(s) influenced the content of the educational activity.

Planner and faculty disclosure information is located within the syllabus distributed at the course. Faculty have been asked to also make a verbal disclosure at the start of their presentations supplemented by a disclosure slide to verify the accuracy of the disclosure information printed in the syllabus and ensure their disclosure information is shared with the learners PRIOR to the presentation taking place.

Resolution of conflicts of interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Academy of Dermatology has implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and mitigate conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control the content of this CME activity.

[1] Relevant Financial Relationships: The ACCME defines ‟relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. Source:

[2] Conflict of Interest: When an individual’s interests are aligned with those of a commercial interest the interests of the individual are in “conflict‟ with the interests of the public. Source: