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IT IS of interest to know what is occurring in the dermatology societies of other countries. Allow me to introduce the Japanese Dermatological Association (JDA) and its annual meetings.
The total number of JDA members is 7720, including 3892 specialists in dermatology who were approved by the Dermatology Specialists Committee of the JDA before 1993. To be accepted as a member of the JDA, one must be a physician and obtain letters of endorsement from two members of the Council of the JDA, which consists of 194 councillors elected by members of the JDA in each of four areas of Japan. To be a licensed dermatology specialist, anyone who started training in dermatology before 1987 had to take four dermatology courses sponsored by the JDA, publish two original articles, and make an oral presentation of two papers at any of the dermatology meetings approved by the JDA during his or