Letters of endorsement must be received from three ASDS Fellows, one of whom must reside in your city, state or province. Log on to asds.net to get a list of ASDS Fellows in your state and nationwide, and for a sample endorsement letter. If you are an AAD member or if you are applying for Corresponding Membership, only one letter of endorsement is required. When applying online, please send your endorsement letter(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 847-956-0999 or mail to:
5550 Meadowbrook Drive, Suite 120
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
The ASDS office will notify applicants when their application is complete. An application is complete only when the form, application fee, dues and three valid endorsements letters have been received. If you are an AAD member or a Corresponding Fellow applicant, only one endorsement letter is required. Corresponding Fellow applicants must also provide proof of dermatology certification (in English) from country in which they are practicing. Physicians in an approved Training Program must submit a signed letter documenting program involvement from their immediate supervisor. Upon acceptance into membership, applicants will begin to receive Dermatologic Surgery journal, Currents member magazine as well as access to the members-only section of the ASDS website and Quest digital knowledge network.
Summary of Membership Categories
Any physician in good standing who resides in the United States or Canada and who has been certified in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada shall be eligible to be a Fellow. Fellows shall have the rights to attend membership meetings, to participate in discussion, to vote on matters submitted to a vote of the membership, to hold elective office and to serve on committees and councils.
Any physician in good standing who does not reside in the United States or Canada and who is a teacher or researcher or has three years of experience specializing in the practice of dermatology shall be eligible to be a Corresponding Fellow. Educational and professional requirements for Corresponding Fellows shall be equivalent to the requirements for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Corresponding Fellows shall have all rights of Fellows except that they shall not be eligible to serve in any elective office.
Developing Countries: A Corresponding Fellow candidate residing in countries defined by the World Bank as low income or lower-middle income economies are eligible for online-only membership. Dermatologic Surgery journal and Currents are viewed online only, other eligibility requirements and benefits are the same as Corresponding Fellows. For a list of eligible countries, visit www.asds.net/benefitsofmembership.aspx or data.worldbank.org/country
Any physician in good standing who resides in the United States or Canada; has three (3) years of experience specializing in the practice of dermatology or is a teacher or graduate student of dermatology; and who meets or is pursuing the educational requirements for the certification examination in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada shall be eligible to be an Associate. Associates shall have all of the rights of Fellows except that they shall not be eligible to serve in any elective office.
Any osteopathic dermatologist in good standing who resides in the United States or Canada and who is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or who has previously been an osteopathic dermatology member of ASDS in good standing shall be eligible to be an Osteopathic Affiliate. Osteopathic Affiliates shall have all of the rights of Fellows except they shall not be eligible to serve in any elective office.
Any physician in good standing, who resides in the United States or Canada, and is participating in an approved dermatology fellowship program is eligible for ASDS membership. Annual dues are tiered at a significantly reduced rate the first two years of training. A signed letter documenting program involvement from the immediate supervisor must be submitted. Please contact ASDS Membership for details.
Any physician in good standing who resides in the United States or Canada and is enrolled in an approved dermatology residency training program is eligible for complimentary ASDS membership. Please contact ASDS Membership for details.
Any individual who works for a commercial firm, consultant or other organization that supplies products and/or services to the dermatology/dermatologic surgery market and who is not directly involved in patient care shall be eligible to be an Adjunct Member. Adjunct Members shall have the right to attend membership meetings and to serve on committees and councils, but shall not be eligible to vote or serve in any elective office. To become an Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Member, please contact the staff office at 847-956-0900. APPLICANTS FOR ADJUNCT MEMBERSHIP: contact Steven Hlavik at 847-956-9124.
For a full delineation of the duties, responsibilities and requirements for each category of membership, please review the ASDS Bylaws.