The American Board of Dermatology is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The American Board of Dermatology is an independent, non-profit organization.
The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 19,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.
The ODA was formed to promote and advance the common business interests of physicians and surgeons specializing in dermatology; to promote, advance, foster and stimulate the specialty of dermatology; to further by clinical study, laboratory research, publication and teaching, the knowledge of dermatology and the application of such knowledge to the prevention and treatment of diseases