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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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    1.5 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. Three concurrent tracks, with more than 75 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 experts explore the latest treatment options, tips and procedure techniques – presenting the best practices, real-world examples and applications from their own experience. Live patient demonstrations will let you see first-hand experts’ tips and approaches to improve results.

Premier Annual Resident Cosmetic SymposiumState-of-the-Art in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics: Global AdvancesPractice Management, Marketing and Social Media CourseAdvanced 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.

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.


The new ASDS digital knowledge network is available on all electronic platforms. Access the Dermatologic Surgery journal, Currents and other ASDS publications, add your own notes, images or videos and save your favorite articles to binders. Join your colleagues on the discussion boards for real-team advice.

Circle of Excellence  Circle of Excellence Program

Through the Circle of Excellence Program, ASDS members can participate in learning activities along a specific dermatologic surgery track, engage in a self-assessment, and upon passing with an 85 percent or higher score, receive a Circle of Excellence designation. Be one of the first to benefit from this new program by earning a Circle of Excellence in Fillers designation that will serve as an attestation to your peers and patients that you have taken the extra step toward a commitment to excellence!

Cosmetic Accreditation Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Training Accreditation Program

ASDS accredits Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Training 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 Training Programs must document compliance of the guidelines specified in the Accreditation Handbook and participate in a site review of their facility.

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. Watch the ASDS website for additional opportunities for MOC self-assessment activities. Learn more about ABD MOC Requirements.

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