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Missouri Won the 2014 “Model State Award” from American Academy of Dermatology Association

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) named the recipients of its Model State Program Award. The AADA Model State Program was initiated in 2000 to recognize the significant accomplishments of state dermatology societies.

“These awards encourage state dermatology societies to develop or to continue to develop essential services to their membership, including leadership opportunities, involvement in state and federal legislation that affects dermatology, and community service,” said dermatologist Bruce A. Brod, MD,  chair of the State Society Development Task Force of the AADA.

The Model State Program Award was presented to the following state dermatology societies, each with a membership of more than 200 members:

  • Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
  • Georgia Society of Dermatologists
  • Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology
  • Missouri Dermatological Society
  • North Carolina Dermatology Association
  • Ohio Dermatological Association
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
  • South Carolina Dermatological Association

Awards were bestowed to state dermatology societies based on the size of their membership and on a variety of other programmatic requirements, including the development and implementation of a three-to-five year plan for the society; having an active political action committee; and offering at least one active community service or patient education program.

                                                                                                                                             

In 2014, the Mo Derm Society members once again traveled to Jefferson City for our annual “Healthy Skin Day.” That year, we decided to have our event in conjunction with the annual White Coat Rally in which physicians from all over the state came to advocated for medical malpractice reform and patient safety. With mobile exam rooms set-up outside the rotunda of the Capitol, our physician members saw a record number of skin screenings; over 50 members of the Missouri legislators as well as members of their staff and the general public.

See a couple pictures from this year’s “Healthy Skin Day” and White Coat Rally below:

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