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Dermatopathology Does Not Exist

Elston, Dirk M. MD

The American Journal of Dermatopathology: December 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 8 - p 867
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e31827ee464
Letters to the Editor

Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, New York, NY

The author declares no funding or conflicts of interest.

To the Editor:

Of course, we exist as specialists dedicated to diagnostic excellence, but American dermatopathologists have no official standing in the house of medicine. To have representation in processes such as development and valuation of Correct Procedural Terminology codes, a society has to have a seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. In this sense, we do not exist as a specialty with official standing in key discussions regarding American health care delivery, coding, and reimbursement.

AMA policy G-600.020 lists the necessary criteria for a society to obtain a seat in the AMA House of Delegates. In brief, we need to achieve the following: We must demonstrate that we have 1000 or more AMA members or that we have a minimum of 100 AMA members and that 25% of our members who are eligible are members of the AMA. The full policy can be accessed online at The key bylaws provisions are found in section 8.40.

I urge all American dermatopathologists to join the AMA, as this is the key step required for us to gain recognized standing in discussions of changes in American health care delivery, payment, and policy.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.