Caribbean Dermatology Association

About the Caribbean Dermatology Association (CDA)

The Caribbean Dermatology Association was formed in 1992 by a group of mainly English speaking Dermatologists, with the first meeting taking place in Jamaica. The CDA membership now includes doctors from throughout the Caribbean including the Dutch speaking territories; the United Kingdom; Canada; the United States of America, and the US Virgin Islands.

The CDA annual conferences provide an opportunity for the CDA member community to maintain old friendships and form new ones. Each year, the conference is held in a different member-territory. The conferences serve to update participants on what is new in dermatology, while offering the opportunity to learn about members’ Caribbean islands and cultures.

Aims & Objectives of the CDA

1. To stimulate the co-operation of societies of Dermatology and co-operation within the field of Dermatology throughout the Caribbean.
2. To encourage the advancement of Dermatology and Dermatological science and education.
3. To promote personal and professional relations among the Dermatologists of the Caribbean.
4. To promote public information, education, and involvement in matters pertaining to Dermatology.
5. To promote research among members of the Association.
6. To represent Dermatology in other International Organizations.
7. To encourage closer ties with non-English speaking territories of the Caribbean.
8. To advise Caribbean Governments on matters pertaining to Dermatology, whenever necessary.
9. To hold a Caribbean Dermatology Association meeting every year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the CDA?

The Caribbean Dermatology Association (CDA) is a professional medical society comprised of dermatologists practising in, or originally from, the Caribbean. While the majority of the members are of Caribbean origin or heritage, many of our members practise in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America and the US Virgin Islands.

Does the CDA host continuing medical education activities?

The CDA hosts its annual meeting in the first week of November in a different member territory. Local symposia are organised by CDA members in their territories with the support and endorsement of the CDA.

Who can become a member of the CDA?

Ordinary Members – All those exclusively or largely engaged in the practice of Dermatology in the Caribbean (other than Residents in training in Dermatology), or those who have made a significant contribution to the field of Dermatology, who have completed an approved Dermatology residency programme, a Diploma or a Masters Degree in Dermatology and two (2) years of Supervised Clinical Experience.

Associate Members:

i.  Residents engaged in Dermatology training or
ii. Medical practitioners whose practice includes Dermatology and fields allied to dermatology.
iii.Other medical practitioners with special interest in dermatology.

Honorary Members: Honorary membership may be bestowed on those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Dermatology and fields allied to dermatology.

Overseas Members: Open to overseas doctors of Caribbean origin who fulfil the criteria for membership.

How can I join?

Complete the membership application form Here. Once the completed application is submitted you will be asked to pay an application fee of $50.