About the American Academy of Dermatology

22 Feb About the American Academy of Dermatology

Our knowledgeable dermatologists here at Ulmer and Wu Dermatology in Long Beach, California, are all proud members of the American Academy of Dermatology, which was founded in 1938 by distinguished dermatologists. The mission of the American Academy of Dermatology (also referred to as “AAD”) is to promote “leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy” by dermatologists.

Values of the American Academy of Dermatology include patient focus, professionalism, continuing education, social responsibility, collaboration, diversity and mental inquiry. The key priorities of the American Academy of Dermatology are quality patient care, leadership, vitality, support to all AAD members and providing an influential and trusted voice.

The American Academy of Dermatology is the largest organization of dermatologists in the world, with some 16,000 members in the United States and Canada. Since 1979, the American Academy of Dermatology has also published a monthly medical journal exploring medical studies and advances in dermatology, called the Journal of Academy of Dermatology.

There are various levels of membership within the American Academy of Dermatology. To become a Fellow or FAAD (short for Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology), which is the highest level of membership, a dermatologist must be Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Non-Fellows are Associate Members. To qualify as an Associate Member, a dermatologist must have a minimum of three years experience practicing dermatology and be eligible to sit for a Board Exam.

An overarching goal of the American Academy of Dermatology is to reduce the instances of skin cancer, particularly those forms that are associated with prolonged or excessive exposure to the sun. As part of this goal, the American Academy of Dermatology has developed a “seal of recognition” placed on products that the American Academy of Dermatology certified to help protect consumers. Aveeno and Johnson & Johnson were the first companies to receive a seal on their products by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2007.

The American Academy of Dermatology also oversees the Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education, a grant-giving organization that provides funds for research and education pertaining to dermatologic study. Every fall, the Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education grants one or two awards to fund research designed to improve the study, understanding and practice of dermatology. In the most recent years, the grants have been awarded to dermatologic surgery research. At present, the American Academy of Dermatology is placing a focus on cosmetic dermatologists, making all the doctors here at Ulmer and Wu Dermatology on the cutting edge of their field.

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