AAD wraps up live meeting in Boston
More than 15,000 attended the AAD's Annual Meeting 2022 in Boston, including more than 7,500 medical personnel, more than 3,000 members, and more than 2,000 residents/fellows.
On the eve of AAD’s Annual Meeting, a medical emergency occurred on a flight en route from Houston to Boston. Help was needed fast. Was there a doctor on the plane? Eight passengers stood up. All dermatologists. It was a team of Baylor dermatologists on their way to AAD’s Annual Meeting 2022 in Boston. Two of them had training in internal medicine. One of them spoke Arabic and was able to calm the man in his own language. The patient survived.
The story — which exemplifies the diverse qualifications and talents of dermatologists, plus their willingness to show up and step up — seemed an apt prelude to the AAD’s Annual Meeting in Boston, the first live AAD Annual Meeting since 2019, the largest dermatology meeting in the world, and an event that has perennially showcased the depth and breadth of dermatology in all its broad topics and fascinating minutiae.
More than 15,000 showed up for the Boston Convention Center to take in the Academy’s rich and varied offerings, including more than 7,500 medical personnel, more than 3,000 members, and more than 2,000 residents/fellows, many of whom were both grateful and agog while experiencing their very first AAD Meeting. There were also more than 1,900 non-medical personnel in attendance.
The AAD had more than 1,000 expert speakers lined up to cover more than 300 sessions, and the comprehensive program featured a host of favorites, like Hot Topics, What’s New in Dermatology, live/hands-on demonstrations, and four new Late Breaking Research symposiums, among others. New sessions, like the 2022 Debates: Controversies in Dermatology and COVID-19 Dermatology and Vaccines, experienced strong attendance.
During the Plenary, leadership and lecturers took the stage and presented their expert perspective. As part of her presentation of the new John Kenney Jr., MD Lifetime Achievement Award and Lectureship, Susan Taylor, MD, FAAD, introduced Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology, a new AAD, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, and Janssen initiative to increase the number of practicing dermatologists who are underrepresented minorities in medicine.
Many attendees took to social media, using #AAD2022 to take part in AAD’s social media challenges and express their enthusiasm for the meeting. Asked what their favorite part of the meeting was, the resounding response was related to the sense of re-connection.
“My favorite part was meeting so many that we have connected with virtually, finally in person," one attendee said, expressing the sentiment of many.
“Loved my first AAD meeting!” Brigitte Cochran, DO, said. “I really enjoyed how organized the AAD app was; it helped me schedule what talks I wanted to attend as well as locate specific exhibitors. Wonderful job and I can’t wait for #AAD2023 in New Orleans!”
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