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Today’s Association

As the largest professional organization in Canada for certified dermatologists, CDA exists to serve the interests of Canadian dermatology, by advancing dermatological issues, providing leadership in medical and public education, and promoting and disseminating dermatological research and knowledge in the furtherance of quality dermatologic patient care.

Why Join CDA?

The Canadian Dermatology Association brings together the vast majority of Canada’s dermatologists, raises the profile of the specialty of dermatology, supports members in their practice and advocates on dermatologic issues.

Canada’s dermatologists are few and far in number, dispersed across a vast country and have a diversity of careers and practices.  The CDA serves to bring these specialists together, virtually and face to face in furtherance of mutual goals.

As a collective voice for all dermatologists, CDA encourages you to get involved by:

  • Becoming a member
  • Attending CDA Annual Conferences
  • Serving on a CDA committee
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Being a part of CDA’s scientific sessions
  • Contributing to the JCMS
  • Becoming a Sun Awareness Program spokesperson
  • Helping identify patient support groups

Continuing Professional Development

CDA is the leading Canadian source of accredited high-quality dermatologic CPD comprising both medical education and leadership development.  As a benefit of membership, members can register for CDA’s four-day annual conference and other special educational activities at a markedly discounted rate. CDA’s educational programs are recognized by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) for CPD credits.

Accreditation Services

CDA has been awarded the status of accredited provider by the RCPSC.  If you are planning an educational event eligible for accreditation, CDA can review and accredit your event for both Canadian (RCPSC) and American (AAD and soon AMA PRA) CPD credits if desired.  As a benefit of membership, smaller educational events organized for fellow members can receive this service at no charge.


Connect with your peers across the country as a member on one of CDA’s various committees to help direct the future of the association and move the dermatology agenda forward.  Participate in one or more of CDA’s programs that offer public education on the treatment and management of diseases of the skin, hair and nails, increased awareness of the practice of dermatology and enhanced visibility of the specialty by decision-makers.

Sun Protection Program

CDA launched its Sun Protection Program in 1989.  This program takes a proactive stance in educating Canadians of all ages about protecting their skin against UV damage.

National Sun Awareness Program

The National Sun Awareness Program is launched each spring and focuses on different age groups and activities.  Some regional initiative funds are available to assist CDA member dermatologists in promoting this message and other sun safety messages.

Annual Disease Awareness Campaign

Featuring a unique disease or condition each year, CDA produces brochures, web content and other public education materials designed to increase awareness of the treatment and management of diseases of the skin, hair and nails.

As a benefit of membership, various educational materials such as brochures, bookmarks,

videos, and work safety manuals are available free of charge for each member’s private practice.

Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (JCMS)

Indexed in Medline-Index Medicus, Science Citation Index Expanded, ISI-Current Contents, and Excerpta Medica-EMBASE, the JCMS, published six times a year, targets both the national and international dermatologic, and cutaneous biology communities.

The journal contains reviews, basic and clinical science articles, editorials, book reviews, case reports/letters to the editor and grand rounds.

CDA eBulletin

The CDA eBulletin is published monthly by the Canadian Dermatology Association as a forum for association news, information of interest to members and members’ opinions. Statements and opinions expressed in the eBulletin reflect the opinions of the authors and not necessarily the CDA. The CDA does not assume responsibility or liability for damages arising from errors or omissions, or from the use of information or advice contained in the eBulletin articles or letters.

The CDA has collaborated with a number of organizations over the years and will continue to seek new partnership as it pursues its mission to:

  • Provide excellent Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Promote public education on skin care and safety
  • Further research in dermatology
  • Support sub-specialty interests in the field of dermatology
  • Work together with patient groups and other medical specialist associations on common causes.

The Canadian Dermatology Association is proud to give back to the dermatology community by being actively involved with the Regional Dermatology Training Centres in Tanzania and Mali and through the International League of Dermatological Societies.