WHAT IS THE ACADEMY AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM THE BOARD?
The American Board of Dermatology (ABD), located in Detroit, Michigan, is a separate and autonomous body that acts as the certifying agency for the specialty of dermatology. The ABD also works with the Residency Review Committee for Dermatology in the accreditation of dermatology residency training programs.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), located in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the largest national professional society for the specialty of dermatology. Its purposes are to educate dermatologists and the public, and to represent the specialty on issues concerning other professional organizations, the public, industry, and the government. Membership in the AAD is not limited to Board certified dermatologists, but includes other dermatologists, other physicians and health care providers from all over the world who have an interest in the field of dermatology.
The differences between certifying Boards and professional Societies are discussed by Harry J. Hurley, M.D. in an article entitled, "Boards Evaluate, Societies Educate." (Arch Dermatology 2000;136:54-56) http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/136/1/54