New developments in dermatologic surgery, ranging from research breakthroughs and innovative technologies to advances in skin cancer and cosmetic skin treatments, will headline the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

Nearly 1000 dermatologists and others in the dermatologic surgery field are expected to attend the ASDS Annual Meeting, being held 6–9 November in San Diego. Participants will learn the latest breakthroughs and advances in injectables, lasers, sclerotherapy, body sculpting, fat transfer, skin tightening, hair transplantation, flaps and grafts, and more.

The 90-plus hours of scientific and educational sessions are divided into four comprehensive curriculum tracks: cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic surgery, Mohs and reconstructive surgery, practice management, and young dermatologic surgeons/residents. In total, more than 65 sessions will cover the entire breadth of the specialty.

‘The ASDS Annual Meeting is the largest and most comprehensive educational program in the country devoted exclusively to cosmetic and oncologic dermatologic surgery,’ said ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, MD.

‘It’s the premier educational forum, with experts from all over the world teaching the latest clinical information and techniques in cosmetic dermatology, Mohs and reconstructive surgery and helping them stay at the forefront of the field.’

In addition to the educational sessions, the ASDS Annual Meeting features hands-on training workshops on tumour excision, injectable techniques and advanced suturing as well as live patient demonstrations and an exhibit hall with more than 150 booths.

A number of networking functions include the Ninth Annual Gala, Fifth Annual Flight with the Masters Wine Tasting, and the Welcome Reception. The meeting, sessions, exhibit hall and social events will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, along the waterfront in San Diego.

‘The ASDS Annual Meeting allows participants to learn from the masters and to both share and absorb surgical expertise,’ said Kimberly J. Butterwick, MD, 2014 Annual Meeting Work Group Chair.

‘It covers the depth and scope of dermatologic surgery — everything from the basics of new procedures to nuances in traditional procedures to brand-new techniques and devices — all in a collegial setting. Attendees hear the latest and greatest from the podium and from the people sitting next to them. It’s highly interactive, and creative, energetic ideas are everywhere. People leave having learned how to offer even better care to their patients.’

Registration for the 2014 ASDS Annual Meeting opens in early June, and an early registration discount is available until 15 October. Registration is open to member and non-member board-certified dermatologists who are actively practicing in or employed full-time by a medical practice that is focused on dermatologic surgery.

In addition, allied health personnel who are employed by a dermatologic surgeon may attend with their employer.