The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is the national voice of Canada’s Certified Dermatologists, the physician experts in skin health. The CDA is committed to uniting dermatologists through education and advocacy, fostering a strong, united professional community, and promoting excellent patient care through continued professional development. Together, we advocate for the certified dermatologist and their essential role in the Canadian healthcare system; protect the value of our specialty and the expertise of our members.

Benefits of Membership for Practicing Certified Dermatologists

Education and Continuing Professional Development

  • Heavily discounted registration fees for the CDA Annual Conference ($1,000+ value).
  • Exclusive registration access to the bi-annual CDA Women in Dermatology Leadership Conference.
  • Members’ only access to accredited online content, including webinars and self-assessment learning modules.
  • Complimentary Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accreditation services for smaller educational events organized by members for members.

Access to Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (JCMS)

  • Complimentary online and print editions of the JCMS ($500 value).
  • Reduced author submission fees to the JCMS Case Reports ($850 value).
  • Opportunity to join the JCMS Editorial Board to review articles for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit.

Professional Promotion

  • Include your office details and contact information within our widely accessed public “Find a Dermatologist” directory.
  • Exclusive access to the CDA Member logo to use on your website and promotional materials.
  • Procure and distribute CDA-created patient education materials, available in both digital and print formats, covering a wide array of skin, hair, or nail conditions.
  • Nomination eligibility for annual CDA Member Awards

Networking and Community

  • Connect with colleagues at the CDA Annual Conference.
  • Post a job opportunity, ask a question or leave a message for other members in our members’ only discussion forum.
  • Stay updated on dermatology and association news with the CDA’s monthly eBulletin email.
  • Build relationships with peers by volunteering on a CDA committee, working group or advisory board.

Public Awareness and Advocacy

In the coming years, the CDA will continue to identify tactical measures to advocate, protect and support the interests of Certified Dermatologists and the specialty of dermatology through:

  • Outreach to provincial/regional dermatology societies as a first step towards collaboration on our shared priorities.
  • Relationship-building with federal and provincial stakeholders to elevate the issues concerning the specialty.
  • Actively engaging with provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons on cases of misrepresentation.
  • Continued monitoring and advocating for reimbursement recommendations to government regulatory bodies.
  • Backing stakeholders dedicated to promoting awareness of healthcare disparities for dermatology patients in underserved regions.

Other Initiatives

  • Sun Awareness Campaign – this annual campaign launches every May  highlighting the significance of year-round sun safety for everyone, using diverse media and social platforms to reach the public.
  • CDA Product Recognition Programs – designed to assist consumers in locating sunscreen and skin health products that meet rigorous standards set by the CDA’s panel of expert member dermatologists, the CDA logo is now featured on 220 products across the country as of 2023.