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 2022 Annual Meeting - June 24-26, 2022

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 Message from the President

Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD
President, Florida Academy of Dermatology
Exciting News from the (FORMER) FSDDS!

Dear Members:

As your President, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your membership and dedication to the FSDDS. Without wonderful members and dedicated leadership within the FSDDS, we would not be one of the largest and most successful state dermatology organizations in the country. Today, it is my great privilege to share the following exciting news with you:

FSDDS Rebranding
The world has changed, and we are changing for you! On Monday, March 9, 2022, the FSDDS Board of Directors and membership held a special meeting and voted in favor of changing our society’s name and logo to better reflect our goals as an organization. I am excited to announce that the FSDDS will now be known as the Florida Academy of Dermatology, and our acronym will be FAD. Our new name now better differentiates us from our sibling society, the Florida Society for Dermatologic Surgeons (FSDS), and parallels our largest national dermatology society, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Just as the American Academy of Dermatology represents all of our nation’s dermatologists and advocates on their behalf, the Florida Academy of Dermatology has a similar name that emphasizes who we are as an organization and who our organization represents and advocates on behalf of—all Florida dermatologists and dermatologic subspecialties. As we transition to our new name, we are working on a robust rebranding campaign to create a unique and recognizable FAD brand. Our new logo is attached to this email. Please use it with pride at you share this exciting news with colleagues and friends.

AAD Model State Award Recipient with Highest Honors
Every year, the AAD grants their Model State Award to state dermatology societies that demonstrate excellence in education, patient support, community engagement, legislative advocacy, and membership development, in addition to outstanding programs and initiatives that support the specialty of dermatology. We are delighted to announce that the FAD has been awarded the AAD Model State Award with Highest Honors for the 9th year in a row! This award grant will allow your newly branded FAD to amplify its educational and advocacy agenda. The AAD recognized the FAD at the State Society Awards Reception on Friday, March 25th at the AAD Annual Meeting in Boston. We sincerely thank our many volunteer members who contributed their time and energy to the efforts of our FAD in order to enable our organization to achieve this lauded accomplishment.

Adopt-a-Shade Program - Sun Shade Structure
The FAD is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the AAD to sponsor a shade structure for an underserved community in Naples, Florida. Thanks to a well-established AAD shade structure program and the behind-the-scenes efforts of many FAD staff, a 20x20 shade structure is scheduled to be installed prior to June 1st at the Naples River Park Aquatic Center.

Please join us for the 2022 FAD Annual Meeting: Art in Dermatology. The meeting will be held at the Naples Grande from June 24-26, 2022. We have a stand-out lineup of over 30 speakers from Florida and around the country. It will be a very exciting meeting in a beautiful ocean-front venue in which every hotel room faces the ocean.

FAD 2022 will include a tribute to art in dermatology, so please bring your artwork or the artwork of family or patients. Artwork registration information will be available online and in your emails in May. We will display the artwork of members, families and patients near the registration area for all to enjoy throughout the meeting. Our panelist of judges with choose the winning artwork in several categories, and the winners will be announced during the FAD business meeting on Saturday, June 26, 2022.

Music is another form of art, which is why we have a special musical treat for our President’s Dinner on Saturday evening—the Ben Allen Band. Ben Allen himself is a phenomenal modern country music singer, and he was a top-5 finalist on the nationally syndicated program The Voice. Wear your cowboy boots, cowboy hat, favorite jeans, and significant other to enjoy a totally casual, fun and laid back night of country music bliss as you network with your colleagues, enjoy some great presentations and support the Florida Academy of Dermatology!

Most sincerely,
Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD
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2021 Legislative Wrap Up with Chris Nuland, Esq.

Dr. Brad Glick and Dr. Andy Weinstein, along with the FSDDS legal counsel, Chris Nuland, spoke with Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez today about topics in the legislature. The FSDDS Leadership team discussed Scope of Practice, Truth in Medical Education and COVID Relief issues with Senator Ana Maria Rodrigues and Jon Johnson, from the FSDDS lobbyist team.

Following the above discussed with Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez, the FSDDS Board also had the privilege of speaking with Senator Rod Rodrigues. FSDDS President Brad Glick, DO and Immediate Past President of the FSDDS, J. Matthew Knight, MD, along with their team, spoke to Senator Rodrigues on some upcoming concerns in the legislature.

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