Membership Information

The Chicago Dermatological Society and the Illinois Dermatological Society have formed a partnership in which each organization supports membership in the other.  Dermatologists practicing in Illinois are expected to join both groups when applying for membership in the CDS.

Requirements for CDS Membership

Regular Members

Candidates for regular membership must be physicians who have completed residency training in dermatology in programs approved by the American Board of Dermatology, American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Regular members must have a valid license to practice medicine in the State or States in which they practice.

Affiliate Members

Candidates for affiliate membership must meet the following requirements:

  • Practicing dermatopathologists who are not eligible to be regular members.
  • Non-dermatologist physicians, Ph.D. degree holders and other scientists devoting a major portion of their time to dermatologic research and/or education in academic medical centers, teaching hospitals or industry.
  • Physicians who are certified in dermatology by a foreign board or its licensing equivalent or who satisfy educational and professional requirements approximately equivalent to the requirements for the American Board of Dermatology or for certification in dermatology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Corresponding Members

Any distinguished dermatologist in this country or abroad may be elected to corresponding membership.

Retired Members

These members no longer practice dermatology or maintain gainful employment within the general field of medicine.  Previous CDS members who are retired may retain their participation in the Society as a retired member by requesting a change of status.  Send a letter or an email to the CDS administrative office.

Emeritus Members

These members must be at least 70 years of age and have had at least 25 years of active participation in the Society.  To request a change in status to the “Emeritus” please send a letter or an email to the CDS administrative office.

Non-Resident Members

These members are those who are otherwise eligible for membership, but who live outside of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

How to Join

Please complete the membership application (see below) and submit to the CDS/IDS office along with the required application fee.  Note that the Chicago Dermatological Society requires a current member to sponsor an application for membership to the CDS.  

Detailed fact sheet listing membership categories and dues rates.


Contact the CDS administrative office:
  Taylor O’Sullivan, Executive Director
  1061 E. Main St., Ste. 300
  East Dundee, IL 60118
  Email:  [email protected]