Advocacy Guide for Residents

The mission of ASDSA is to speak in a unified voice to promote, protect and advance surgical and cosmetic dermatology through education and advocacy. As a resident dermatologic surgeon, YOU are uniquely qualified to advocate for patient safety and the field of dermatologic surgery. ASDSA provides members with resources, tools and information and offers a variety of ways to get involved in important advocacy efforts.

What Are Our Advocacy Priorities?

Learn about ASDSA Position Statements including statements on Delegation and Truth in Advertising. These statements help underpin the need for patient safety in our field, and highlight board certified dermatologists, on-site supervision by physicians and our work to keep the physician as the head of the health care team.

Three ASDSA-created pieces of model legislation help bring our policy visions to the states. Whether adopted in whole or part, or even utilized in the regulatory arena, they are tangible ways members can impact state policy: 

What ASDSA Resources Support You During Residency?

  • Get member only updates and guidance to support your practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Access the latest reimbursement resources.
  • Navigate patient safety laws and regulations by state with patient safety resources.

Utilize the new shared decision-making tools on Low Risk Basal Cell Skin Cancer on the Head and Neck (over age 80) and Melanoma in Situ of the Head and Neck in Patients 65 and Older for you to use with your patients to better understand treatment options.