AMD Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a forum to support Military Dermatology by recognizing academic excellence, leadership, and service to country; to bring together members of the uniformed services through the free exchange of ideas and solutions across all branches of service; to further improve the art and science of dermatology; to act as spokesperson for dermatologists serving in the uniformed services; and to offer a source of fellowship and camaraderie that spans all generations, young and old, retired and active, so that we can better serve our country and our fellow man.

“Diseases of the skin … are generally regarded as lesser maladies, that is to say, conditions which as a rule neither threaten life nor seriously impair health. For the individual this is true, but in the case of an army the collective results of such minor affections may become of high importance because, for military purposes, a man incapacitated for duty is a loss to the fighting force whatever the extent or cause of his personal disability.”{1}

– Major General Sir W. G. Macpherson, K.C.M.G., C.B., L.L.D.

{1} In: Macpherson WG, Horrocks WH, Beveridge WW, eds. Medical Services. Hygiene of the War. In: History of the Great War: Vol. 1. London, England: His Majesty’s Stationery Office; 1923: 68.