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Resident Scholarship to Legislative Conference

The American Academy of Dermatology Association’s (AADA) Legislative Conference offers a unique opportunity for residents to learn how federal legislation will impact the future of dermatology and sit down with members of Congress to discuss the most pressing health policy issues facing the specialty.

The AADA awards several scholarships for residents who will attend the Conference and commit to a year-long involvement in AADA advocacy activities. Scholarship recipients travel to Washington, D.C., on an all-expense paid trip, where they’ll receive advocacy training and mentorship by AADA physician leaders, learn how to effectively make their voices heard to lawmakers, and become leading advocates for dermatology. 

Application timeline: Because space is limited, interested residents are encouraged to apply as soon as they are able. Applications submitted after July 12 will be eligible to be considered for the next year's conference.

Apply for the scholarship

To apply, complete the Resident Scholarship Application.

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For more information, contact Academy staff at grassroots@aad.org or (202) 712-2601.

  • Requirements
  • Scholarship review process
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program at the start of the conference to qualify for this scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship must commit to a year-long involvement in AADA advocacy efforts by participating in grassroots email campaigns, discussions with district congressional offices, and actively promoting AADA advocacy amongst peers. AADA staff will provide reminders to recipients of reporting deadlines. 

    Residents are not required to have any political knowledge or experience in order to attend the Conference or receive the scholarship. Advocacy trainings will be offered by a panel of health policy experts, which covers all aspects of the legislative process, as well as information about the legislators themselves.

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the AADA Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup. Through the review process, the Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup may request additional information to address any questions or concerns about the application.