What is the difference between the ABD and the AAD?

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD), located in Newton, Massachusetts, 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), is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 20,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.

For more information on how to become a member visit aad.org, or contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376). 

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