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Native American Health Service Resident Rotation Program


COVID-19 and Travel

Due to the complex implications of COVID-19 and travel, no new applications will be accepted for the April 2020 and September 2020 deadlines. Those who had rotations cancelled in 2020 will have first priority in 2021 when and if the time is safe to travel. More updates will be communicated in early 2021.

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 2020-2021 rotations listed below, you had to submit your application by April 1, 2020. Grants received after this date will be considered for the next 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. 

For additional questions, contact RIGNAHS@aad.org


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