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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Education Insider: Education and Training

With ASDS, you can trust that you are receiving the most innovative, effective, evidence-based educational programs that will help you provide the highest quality patient care. Content is balanced, independent, objective and based on scientific rigor. Improving patient safety and outcomes through the newest techniques and technology options is the focus of ASDS educational offerings. From hands-on training to self-directed learning programs to mentorship programs, ASDS is committed to providing an educational experience you can’t find anywhere else!

ASDS Annual Meeting

The most significant research and latest techniques in cosmetic, medical, reconstructive and Mohs procedures are presented here by expert dermatologic surgeons in intimate sessions designed to foster idea generation and collaboration. Four concurrent tracks, with more than 90 scientific sessions and hands-on workshops, let you customize your education and learn cutting-edge perspectives and best practices that will improve your skills for years to come.

Educational Courses

ASDS presents unmatched live educational opportunities for dermatologic surgeons to assess and improve their knowledge and skills. The following courses are currently offered:

Masters Circuit: Advanced Aesthetics and Lasers Premier Annual Resident Cosmetic Symposium Advanced Injection Techniques: Maximize Safety and Minimize Complications 

Self-Directed Learning

Whether you want to learn something new or brush up on the latest techniques, ASDS self-directed learning resources help you stay on top of your game and provide optimal patient care year-round. From online tools to subscriptions to educational products and DVDs, ASDS is committed to providing you with options to fit your learning style and scheduling needs.

Live Learning Center Dermatologic Surgery Journal Experts in Action: Fillers and Neuromodulators DVD State-of-the-Art Cosmetic and Reconstructive Anatomy Course and Cadaver Laboratory DVD ASDS Education Podcasts 

Educational Exchange and Mentorship

Some of the most effective learning occurs when skills and experiences are shared among experts and rising dermatologic surgeons. The enhanced clinical expertise, practice management knowledge and leadership skills benefits both mentors and mentees by fostering professional relationships and perpetuating the cycle of knowledge to advance the specialty of dermatologic surgery.

Future Leaders Network  Resident Preceptorship Program Early-Career Preceptorship ProgramVisiting Professor Program International Educational Exchange Program


Through the Quest ASDS digital knowledge network, ASDS members can quickly search more than 40 years of Dermatologic Surgery journal and ASDS resources; assess their knowledge with ResQ procedure review or the Quest MOC-SA Case of the Week; and get real-time advice from peers though discussion groups – from anywhere, anytime on any web-based device.

ASDS E-Learning and CME Claims

The ASDS e-Learning portal provides opportunities to expand your knowledge through distance learning. The site offers ASDS clinical and practice management courses, My CME to claim credit for ASDS courses, and the ASDS Circle of Excellence program to demonstrate mastery in core areas of knowledge in dermatologic surgery.

Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program 

ASDS accredits cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship programs that meet specific standards of quality and promote practices that provide Fellows with the proper training and expertise to perform cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures. To comply with the required training and experience, all fellowship programs must document compliance of the guidelines specified in the Accreditation Handbook and participate in a site review of their facility.

International Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Recognition Program

ASDS recognizes international dermatologic surgery training programs that meet and comply with ASDS board-approved program standards. Training programs must promote practices that provide Fellows outside of the U.S. with the proper training and expertise to perform dermatologic surgery procedures. Find program application and guidelines.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

ASDS educational offerings are designated for CME credit support the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) MOC requirement for Life-long Learning. Learn more about ABD MOC Requirements.

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