Mary E. Maloney, MD - President (2017-2018)
I am honored to serve as president of the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) for 2017-2018. First and foremost, I want to thank Dr. Adelaide A. Hebert for her outstanding leadership over the last twelve months. I am eager to continue in that positive direction and look forward to carrying on the WDS mission.
As the society continues to expand, we have some exciting initiatives taking place in the months ahead. Communication between all levels of the organization is very important. We wish to create a culture of respect and approachability for board members going forward. We also hope to encourage increased communications between mentors and mentees, as well as, between members and our industry partners. With increased networking opportunities for each regional group, creating tools for online communications about best practices, and improving our involvement in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, we hope to provide all members with the resources they need to succeed.
Our second big initiative of 2017 is that we have re-structured the current committees to create a council system. This will streamline our committees and task forces. This restructuring has included adding a Strategic Alliance Council that will develop relationships with professional organizations, both internal and external to Dermatology, and determine how we can collaborate in order to value both organizations. We have also added a focus on international sections, with the hope to target international meetings and host networking receptions abroad. We are so excited to get this initiative underway, and I know our hard work will pay off.
Finally, to encourage participation within WDS, we want to launch a recognition program for newer members, as well as, senior members for those making a difference. There are so many exciting programs that we offer and allow you the chance to become more involved within your community. Our website will play a key role in communicating upcoming events, and supplying information for how to get involved. Expanding our outreach programs will help improve the quality of life and health of our communities.
The WDS mission is what keeps us moving forward. To be the premier organization cultivating personal and professional development of dermatologists dedicated to excellence in patient care, mentorship, volunteerism, and leadership. It takes many people to make WDS not only successful, but sustainable. I am grateful for the continued help of our leadership, the Board of Directors, the sponsors, as well as, all of our committed WDS members. I look forward to working with you all closely for the next year.
Thank you for your endless support and participation in the WDS, and remember that we always appreciate and welcome your feedback. If you have specific suggestions or questions that will help in the development of WDS, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Feel free to use the new e-mail address for the WDS president: President@womensderm.org.
Thank you for a great start. I look forward to the months ahead.
Mary E. Maloney, MD