CDS Connections

Maintaining our camaraderie and exploring new concepts within the Chicago dermatological community

VIEW information about the next session on 4/27/2021


Members and residents in the Chicago Dermatological Society are invited to drop in to virtual sessions each month for fellowship, discussion and personal growth.  These are recurring virtual meetings on Zoom... no formal registration required, just drop in and participate!  Our overriding goal is to maintain the joy and fun in practicing dermatology!

With four sessions under our belt now, we are fine-tuning the presentations at bit.  CDS Connections is open to all members and residents.  We've organized the evening into two, related sessions.

Connections Through Knowledge -- 1st hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

During the first portion of the evening, our guest experts give a presentation pertaining to the topic of the evening.  This basically "sets the table" for the second session.

Connections Through Experience -- 2nd hour from 7 to 8 p.m.

The second segment of the meeting is designed to solidify our learning through experience.  The guest speakers will lead the group through exercises and dialog. 

Come prepared to participate!  This definitely is not a time to passively listen to a lecture.  If you have a suggestion for a discussion topic or an exercise, please send an email to David Mann so we can put it on the docket.  CDS Connections is intended to be for you... the members and residents in training.  We want it to be something you desire and has value.

Connections - April 2021

The next program will be on on April 27, 2021 -- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Topic:  Healthcare Policy and How MDs can be an Effective Influence 

We have a really interesting topic that definitely has a profound impact on you, your practice and your patients.  You've all heard it before . . .  Doctors need to be an advocate for their patients and their profession.  But it really is true.  As has been said by many a wise lobbyist:  "If you don't have a seat at the table, you surely will be on the menu."  Spend a couple of hours with our expert presenters to learn what issues are affecting dermatology and how you can be a positive influence by putting forth just a little bit of effort.

Our presenters for the evening . . .

  • Regan Thomas, MD - President, Illinois State Medical Society
  • Lisa Albany - Director of Public Policy, American Academy of Dermatology 
  • Aaron Hersch, MD - MetaOptima
  • Joerg Albrecht, MD - Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Richard Paul - Executive Director, Chicago Dermatological Society

Read more about our guest presenters -- CLICK HERE . . . 


Please note . . . You may use the button above to register for the session.  This will take you to a brief Zoom form where you'll be asked to enter your name and email address.  You can complete this process at any time up until the actual Connections session.  Then you'll immediately receive the sign-in for the Connections session.  An email with this same information will be sent to you.  Please note the starting time and log-in a few minutes before the posted time.

Here's a list of the planned meeting dates (subject to change) . . . 

  • Next Meeting Coming Up -- Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Ideas for future sessions?  Submit topic suggestions HERE.