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Resident and Fellow Quality Improvement Project Award

The AAD is offering financial support to resident- and fellow-physicians engaged in quality improvement projects that help meet requirements for ACGME accreditation.  

Receive up to $2,500 and recognition for the valuable work that is a required part of today’s training. Funds can help cover expenses of data collection, materials and supplies, and even travel to the AAD Annual Meeting for a presentation. 

Selected applicants will be invited to reveal their quality improvement projects at the AAD Annual Meeting .

The award is now closed. Please check back in November 2019 to see the 2021 eligibility and timeline.

For more information, contact Amanda Grandinetti at

  • Timeline
  • Eligibility
  • Award review criteria
  • June 13, 2018: Application opens

    August 15, 2018: Submission deadline

    December 2018: Awardees selected

    March 2019: AAD Annual Meeting poster presentation

    April 2019: Progress report due

    The following are the application criteria:

    • Engages an improvement team

    • Focuses on systems-based challenges and seeks to implement system changes

    • Uses quality improvement frameworks, tools, and methodologies

    • Has a strong focus on measurable improvement

    • Is likely to achieve the project aim

    AAD Resident and Fellow Quality Improvement Project Awards are open to AAD member residents in an accredited dermatology residency in the US or Canada. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to apply.

    All candidates will receive a score of 0-5 in each of the following categories:

    • Strength of project design and knowledge of problem area

    • Adequate plan and strategy

    • Perceived impact on quality or safety

    • Perceived novel or innovative approaches, tools, or technologies