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82nd Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists

The 82nd Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists took place at Edinburgh ICC 9th - 12th July 2002.

Report by Dr Richard Williams (Denbighshire)

“Auld Reekie” was the magnificent setting again this year for a highly successful annual meeting of the BAD. In spite of following on almost immediately from the World Congress in Paris, a large number of delegates descended on the Scottish capital in eager pursuit of further CPD points. They were not disappointed.

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre is ideal for the BAD annual meeting. Large enough, yet compact. Centrally situated very close to the main shopping centre of Prince’s Street yet giving the impression of being in a quiet backwater of its own. It also has the advantage of many excellent hotels within walking distance and large numbers of centre staff notable for their helpfulness and visibility.

The scientific programme was of its usual high standard. Topical subjects such as the two week guideline for skin cancer, teledermatology and cost effectiveness rationale being well represented. Guest speakers included Jean Roujeau on the subject of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and John Hanifin who gave the Arthur Rook oration sharing his wide experience of atopic dermatitis with a packed audience. All of the specialist interest groups held successful meetings as did our nursing and primary care colleagues.

The main discussion point at the annual general meeting was the development of general practitioners with a special interest in dermatology. Whilst fiercely held views were expressed on both sides of the argument the BAD position statement was finally accepted by a large majority. However, many aspects of this development remain unresolved particularly the effect of the high level of remuneration compared to both consultants and non-consultant career grade doctors. Are consultants happy to supervise people earning more than themselves?

What of the social side? The President’s reception was held at the futuristic Dynamic Earth. The annual Dowling-McGaw golf competition at the beautiful Bruntsfield links with the cup going to John Norris in spite of an unusual desire to play the 14th hole after the 3rd! The grand finale was the annual dinner held at the museum complex on Charlotte Street. Unusual to have the pre-dinner reception in one museum, namely the Museum of Scotland before moving through to another, the Royal Museum for the dinner itself! It was a pleasure to see so many of our nursing colleagues at the event and I hope this tendency will continue. Dancing into the wee hours afforded the opportunity to burn off the excess calories taken in during the week.

For the first time the meeting ran from Tuesday to Friday with the annual dinner on the Thursday night. This allowed delegates to return home for the weekend. This, I feel is a far more satisfactory arrangement than running into the Saturday morning as in previous years.

Rod Hay and the team at the BAD led by Emma Clayton should be congratulated on a highly successful meeting. The baton now passes to Alan Marsden, Meg Price and Brighton. Good luck!

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