Residents and fellows

The AAD strives to provide dermatology residents and fellows with the tools needed to be successful throughout training, Boards, and transition into practice.

Consider this page your hub for all the information you'll need along the way , including Board prep, practice transition issues, awards and grants, and information about continuing your AAD membership after you've completed residency or fellowship training.

SulzbergerAs a dermatology resident or fellow, the AAD provides you with a complimentary membership, which is valued at $750.

Here are some of the benefits we think you’ll enjoy:

Browse the tabs above for more details about some of the valuable benefits that an AAD membership affords. For a full list of the benefits available to you, see the AAD’s Membership Benefits Guide

Graduating this year? 

  • If you are going into practice, you must apply for membership to continue receiving your AAD benefits. Apply within the year you graduate and pay only $225 (normally $750) for your first year of membership.
  • If you are going into a fellowship, have your program director complete the Complimentary Graduate Fellowship Membership Request Form to continue receiving your complimentary membership.

One of the most anticipated, and terrifying, events in a resident’s career is taking the Boards. Learn more about Boards prep on the American Board of Dermatology site.

The AAD also offers a wide variety of resources to help you prepare.

Getting ready to transition into practice? The AAD offers a number of resources to guide you through this transition.

  • The practice management resources area of offers a wealth of resources about coding and reimbursement, compliance, health information technology, and more to keep you informed.
  • Browse current and past issues of Directions in Residency, a quarterly publication for residents.
  • Read Dermatology World, the Academy's flagship member publication, which offers practical insight and analysis to help dermatologists navigate practice, policy, and patient care issues in a changing health care environment. 
  • Attend the Resident Transitions course at the Annual Meeting to better understand the Boards exam process and the challenges of launching a career in dermatology.
  • Review the Professional and Ethical Standards for Dermatologists booklet.

Take advantage of the following awards and grants to get the most from your complimentary AAD membership.

  • Resident International Grant: Apply for a grant to participate in a four- to six-week elective in Botswana.
  • Native American Health Services Resident Rotation Program: Apply to be considered for a one- to two-week rural health elective in Chinle, Ariz.
  • International Society Meeting Travel Grant: Grants are available to attend the annual meetings of select international dermatology societies.
  • Young Investigators Award: This yearly award recognizes outstanding research by dermatologists-in-training in the United States and Canada, and the educational institutions that support their efforts.
  • Richard B Stoughton Memorial Fellowship: Apply by Feb. 4, 2013 for a fellowship to attend the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Meeting in Liverpool from July 9-11, 2013. The fellowship includes a waived registration fee, hotel accommodation, and free admittance to the President's Reception and the Annual Dinner. Email Kasia Kmieckowiak for more information. 
  • New Zealand Scientific Meeting: Scholarships are available to attend the scientific meeting in Dunedin August 27-30 2014. Award includes complimentary registration, 4 nights hotel accommodation (bed and breakfast), the Annual Dinner, and visits to New Zealand dermatology centres. Includes stipend of NZ$1500. Apply to the administrator Sue Peck by May 15, 2014 at
  • World Congress of Dermatology Scholarship: A limited number of scholarships to U.S. and Canadian dermatology residents, fellows, or young dermatologists within 5 years of dermatology residency to attend the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology June 8-13, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  Apply by August 1, 2014. 
  • Sulzberger Institute Grant: Grants typically provide seed funds to help dermatologists begin projects that eventually can improve patient care.  Apply by January 10, 2015.

Resources for medical students

If you're a medical student who wants to learn more about the specialty of dermatology, visit the following resources: