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Native American Health Service Resident Rotation Program

COVID-19 and Travel

Applications for the 2021 cycle have been cancelled due to the complex implications of COVID-19 and travel. More updates will be communicated in early 2022.

The AAD's Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee provides four grants per year to dermatology residents from the United States who are in their second or third year of residency to participate in a rural health elective in Chinle, Arizona. 

This elective takes place at the Indian Health Service for one to two weeks. Residents provide dermatologic care to the Navajo Nation population and work with primary health care providers to assist with diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases. Residents are expected to keep records of consults, prepare lectures, and submit a report/evaluation of activities to the Academy within one month of completing the rotation.

Application timeline

To be considered for the following rotations listed below, applications must be submitted by April 1. Grants received after this date will be considered for the following year's application cycle (same rotation months listed below).

  • November rotation

  • March rotation

  • May rotation

  • August rotation

Application materials

  • Recommendation from program director or department chair via the application platform. A separate letter is no longer needed.

  • 500-word (or less) expression of interest that includes how you feel you will be able to contribute to the host site.

  • Detailed curriculum vitae (including volunteer experience). 

Note: Residents need to have malpractice insurance through their own institution. The AAD does not provide insurance. 

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