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NCDA Officer Attends AAD Leadership Summit

What do young physicians want? That question was one of several topics covered at the 2016 AAD State Society Leadership Summit, September 10-11 in Washington, DC. Officers and executive directors from several states participated in the conference. NCDA Secretary-Treasurer Donna Culton, MD, PhD (Chapel Hill) attended on behalf of the NCDA for two days of educational content focused on state society leadership. “The program was fantastic,” said Dr. Culton, “and it was nice to meet leaders from other state societies to share ideas.”

The program included valuable sessions on Enhancing Your Board, Running an Effective Meeting and Engaging Members, among other key association management topics. The session that generated the greatest interest and discussion was one that addressed, “What do young physicians want?” AAD defines young physicians as under the age of 40 or within eight years of completing residency training. Participants considered ways that their state society might evolve to serve the needs of young physicians in a changing social and professional environment. Dr. Bethanee Schlosser provided an excellent commentary in the YP Focus article, “Your State Society Wants You!

NCDA Delegation Lobbies Congress for Patient Access to Pharmaceutical Treatments and Other Priority Legislative Issues

William Huang, MD (Winston-Salem), Linda Markham, RN (Southern Pines), Robin Inabinet, RN (Winston-Salem) and NCDA Executive Director Alan Skipper, CAE participated in this year’s American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) Legislative Conference. The meeting was held September 11-13 in Washington, DC.

Pictured (L-R): Ms. Inabinet, Dr. Huang, Sen. Burr,
Ms. Markham and Mr. Skipper.

The key issues that participants educated members of Congress on included improving patient access to pharmaceutical treatments, providing regulatory relief for physicians and ways to promote public health through skin cancer awareness and medical research. The following AADA materials were shared with legislators during meetings at the Capitol:

The conference included educational sessions designed to broaden participants’ understanding of the issues being presented to members of Congress during meetings with legislators and a keynote address from legendary news anchor and presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer. A special SkinPAC donor event was also held.

NCDA-backed Legislative Priority Becomes State Law

Prom is now a whole a lot healthier, thanks to the NCDA’s leadership and support of the Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act. The NCDA-backed legislation achieved its final hurdle on May 21, 2015 when N.C. Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law. The new law, which took effect on October 1, 2015, prohibits tanning facilities from allowing minors under the age of 18 to use indoor tanning equipment. Governor McCrory signed the hard-won Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act into law at the Executive Mansion with the late Rep. Fulghum’s wife Mary Susan, and his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter at the Governor’s side.

“This law will save lives and significantly help protect children and young adults from the growing epidemic of skin cancer,” said NCDA President Russell Kilpatrick, MD. “We thank our legislators and the governor for their support and action on this important health issue.”

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