Innovation Inspires 2019 ASDS Annual Meeting Format and Content

Innovation Inspires 2019 ASDS Annual Meeting Format and Content

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This year’s meeting will be exciting as we introduce several new strategies intended to promote greater outcomes for all participants. There will be more opportunities for interaction, dialogue and inquiry.

Each year, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) provides the most comprehensive educational experience spanning the field of dermatologic surgery, including cosmetic, Mohs, skin cancer, reconstructive and general dermatologic surgery procedures, as well as practice management. Attendee feedback shaped the programming of the 2019 ASDS Annual Meeting, which will take place on Oct. 24-27 in Chicago.

“Our Annual Meeting Work Group listened to attendees and evaluated every aspect of the four-day meeting and pre-conference,” said ASDS President Murad Alam, MD, MBA. “The improvements being made will provide enhanced learning opportunities and enrich the overall attendee experience.”

Beginning with a pre-conference of hands-on surgical and chemical peel workshops, a new Innovation Summit and the popular Unplugged session, dermatologists from around the globe will experience innovation like never before.

For the first time, ASDS Annual Meeting attendees will encounter interactive e-Posters, industry educational dinner sessions, expanded patient demonstrations and personalized “Dine-arounds.” Programming additions also span to the Exhibit Hall where industry representatives will host informal lunchtime talks, and a cosmeceutical bar will allow attendees to learn about ingredients and get hands-on with in-demand products.

General registration now includes the Unplugged pre-conference and all Morning Masters sessions at no additional cost. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend seven new unopposed plenary sessions covering all areas of clinical practice, with each featuring the newest innovations in the field. The topics include:

  • Emerging Therapies in Dermatologic Surgery
  • Technology Disrupters in Dermatologic Surgery
  • Diversity: Preparing Yourself to Work in a Changing Landscape
  • Blade or Light: Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions to Common Problems
  • Integrative and Holistic Dermatology
  • Complications and Catastrophes: Preventing and Dealing with Undesirable Outcomes
  • Breaking Bad: Confessions of Managing Cosmetic and Reconstructive Complications

“This year’s meeting will be exciting as we introduce several new strategies intended to promote greater outcomes for all participants,” said Maral K. Skelsey, MD, Chair of the ASDS Annual Meeting Work Group. “There will be more opportunities for interaction, dialogue and inquiry.”

Chef Grant Achatz – who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of the tongue in 2008 – will tell his incredible success story at the keynote address on Thursday, Oct. 24. New for 2019, the Vic Narurkar Innovations in Aesthetic Leadership Keynote – graciously supported by Allergan – will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10:15 a.m.

The 2019 ASDS Annual Meeting also features round table discussions exclusively for residents and early-career physicians, including:

  • What I Wish I Had Known: Navigating Contracts, the Art of Negotiation and Securing Your Dream Job (Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Real Life Perspectives on Practice Management, Networking and Leadership (Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 a.m.)
  • Pearls to Implement, Integrate and Master Aesthetics in Your Practice (Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 a.m.)

First-time ASDS Annual Meeting attendees are invited to a reception on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the opportunities for continued learning and networking throughout the year.

Attendees save $200 when registering by Sept. 18. For more information or to register, visit

About 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

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Published at Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000