“I believe that those who direct the surgical education for residents have not really had an adequate forum to interact and advocate,” said Naomi Lawrence, MD, Chair of the Surgical Directors Forum. “There are also many mutual issues with the fellowship directors both cosmetic and micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology. I am very excited to see that this Forum is gaining traction and developing its cohesive identity.”

If you are in charge of surgical education and want to participate in the upcoming Forum meetings, please contact Hana Herron to receive future meeting invites.

Naomi Lawrence, MD, Chair, Surgical Directors Forum

Surgical Directors Forum Focus

2020 – Implementing a residency laser rental program and distributing a business plan for building a sustainable cosmetic practice within an academic setting.

ASDS task force developed a business plan that may assist dermatologists in building a sustainable cosmetic practice within an academic setting that also emphasizes resident education and patient safety.

Go to Tips for Running an Academic Cosmetic Clinic (PDF) to access the latest publication. 

2019 - Supporting increased cosmetic procedures in residency training requirements and academic metrics.

  • Chair Naomi Lawrence, MD, published an article in Vol. 2019 Issue 4 of Currents (PDF) detailing the surgical directors’ goal of improving residents’ case logging in order to reinstitute the hands-on cosmetic procedures requirements from Level 2 “Surgeon or Observed” to Level 1 “Surgeon.” 

2018 - Collaborating on multi-site research proposals; EMR transition; compounding; developing business plans for academic cosmetic practice; survey of cosmetic training in residency; and studies demonstrating the safety of cosmetic procedures.

2017 - Developing an industry-sponsored program to provide residencies with supplies / devices for training; collaborating on multi-site research proposals for demonstration of patient satisfaction of dermatologic surgery care / dermatologic surgeon care; and studies demonstrating cost effectiveness of care as provided by dermatologic surgeons.

2016 - Building a dialog with the Joint Commission on accreditation standards; discussing Accountable Care Organizations in the academic setting; and strengthening the network of Surgical Directors to collaborate on research and educational resources.

2015 - Supporting the ASDS decision to send a letter to ACGME requesting reversal of the elimination of sclerotherapy, chemical peels and dermabrasion from the residency training curriculum. The results: The ACGME Residency Review Committee posted the revision for public review and comment in January and then agreed in July to reinstate the curriculum requirements.