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Sulzberger Institute Grant

The Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education, part of the American Academy of Dermatology, provides grant support for innovative initiatives in education and technology. Grants typically provide seed funds to help dermatologists begin projects that will improve patient care. Apply below! There is also a separate award for a lectureship.

Proposals that focus on technology-based teaching applications that are novel and cutting-edge, and also further clinical education in dermatology, are encouraged. The number of awards and grant amounts is contingent upon the quality of the applications received.

Rajendra Singh, MD; Tammie Ferringer, MD; and Dirk Elston, MD, were awarded this grant to expand development of the MyDermPath mobile application, a mobile and web-based application that utilizes an algorithmic approach to diagnosis using histologic features. The MyDermPath+ app is now available for download.

Available grants

  • Seed grants (up to $30,000 per year) for a period of one to two years.

  • Small grants (up to $5,000) for a period of one year.


  • Grants are preferentially awarded to young dermatologists who have not previously received significant extramural funding.

  • Residents and fellows are encouraged to apply.

  • The Sulzberger Institute is not interested in funding commercial, for-profit organizations.

Note: Should any funded projects lead to intellectual property with commercial value, the AAD will have the right of first refusal of purchasing or otherwise acquiring this product.

Important dates

The 2021 submission window is closed. Applicants who submitted a Letter of intent by August 29, 2021 will receive answers in October.

You can see a preview of the full application form (PDF) to prepare your submission. The actual form becomes available in October.

July 1, 2021: Letter of intent form opens
August 19, 2021: Letter of intent form due
October 2021: Communication sent to all LOI form applicants
November 12, 2021: Full proposals due
April 2022: Grant recipients notified

Letter of intent

The letter of intent form for 2021 is closed.

Grant applicants must complete the letter of intent form online to be considered to submit a full proposal. The deadline to submit a letter was August 19, 2021. All submissions will receive a response from the committee by October 2021.

The letter of intent is brief and will include the following:

  • Grant type

  • Amount of funds requested

  • Project title

  • Specific aims of the project (no more than three)

  • Abstract (300 words or less)


If you have additional questions, please contact Janet Chester at

Image of selection process for Sulzberger institute grant
Past recipients


“A virtual textbook using deep learning to teach problem-solving in dermatopathology” – Kiran Motaparthi, MD, FAAD

“An Education Intervention to Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA): A Pilot Study” by Krystal Mitchell-GBA, MD, Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH, FAAD, and Fran Cook-Bolden, MD, FAAD


“An Internet Instructional Video Series on The Basics of Patch Testing” Jennifer Chen, MD

“Development of Teaching Modules for Immunobullous Disease” Erin Foster, MD, PhD


“Novel Diagnostic Educational Resource: A Novel Web Application for Teaching Dermatopathology to Residents and Fellows” PI: Christa Slaught, MD

“Trichoscopy Education via Online and Mobile Platforms” PI: Kumar Sukhdeo, MD, PhD


"Comprehensive Care of the Pediatric Psoriasis Patient: Education and Comorbidity Screening via a Novel Electronic Platform"
PI: Jusleen Ahluwalia, MD


"An Internet Instructional Video Series on Topical Treatment Regimens in Dermatology"
PI: Andrea Suarez, MD, PhD, FAAD"

Animated Illustrations to Teach Dermatologic Surgery"
PI: Satori Iwamoto, MD, PhD

"Using 3-Dimensional Augmented Reality Images in Dermatology Medical Education"
PI: Sean D. Reynolds, MD


“A Mobile Educational Application for Teaching Intuitive Diagnosis of Skin Cancer”
PI: Garrett Coman, MD, MS

“3-Dimensional Panoramic Stereographic Video Cases”
PI: Azeen Sadeghian, MD  


“Development of a novel, web-based autoimmune connective tissue disease and vasculitis curriculum”
PI: Nicole Fett, MD

“Mobile Application for Direct Observation Evaluation of Dermatology Residents”
PI: Daniel O’Connor, MD

“Dermatology knowledge acquisition among primary care providers using a teledermatology service”
PI: Robert Stavert, MD

“Development of a Tertiary Hospital Case-based Dermatopathology Resource with Clinicopathologic Correlation via Interdepartmental and Intersocietal Collaboration”
PI: Laura Taylor, MD


Seed grants

"The Basic Science of Hair"
PI: Eduardo Vidal, MD

"The effect of mobile application-based peri-operative education on dermatologic surgery outcomes"
PI: Daniel Pearce, MD

Small grants

"Dermal Club: An Evidence-Based Dermatology Journal Club App"
PI: Vinod Nambudiri, MD, MBA

"Development of Online Educational Courses Material for Caregivers of Children with Atopic Dermatitis"
PI: Nanette Silverberg, MD


Seed grants

"A Modern Day Tool for Teaching Dermatology and Dermatopathology"
PI: Rajendra Singh, MD

"Safety in Dermatology through Multimedia Education"
PI: Jacob Levitt, MD

Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Virtual Grant Rounds in Dermatology: An Innovative Teledermatology Resource for Extending Specialty Care and Continuing Education Beyond Borders"
PI: Stephanie Hu, MD

"Multidisciplinary Tele-education: Real-Time Interactive Webinars in Mucosal Diseases" PI: Parastoo Davari, MD


Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Dermatology curriculum development for mid-level providers in Ghana"
PI: Bethany Lewis, MD

"Hemangioma Education on the World-Wide Web"
PI: Kimberly Morel, MD


Seed grant for the development of technology-based programs

"Comparative efficacy of high-definition video versus still photographs as instructional tools in online pediatric dermatology professional education modules"
PI: Erin Mathes, MD

"Preparing residents for the changing practice of dermatology through developing a teledermatology curriculum"
PI: Ive Lee, MD

"Rapid introduction to dermatopathology: A programmed course"
PI: Ron Birnbaum, MD

Small grants Initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Impact of a Dermatology Education Wiki Website on Dermatology Education and Trainee Satisfaction"
PI: Lixia Z. Ellis, MD

"Comprehensive Web-based dermatopathology education through digital slide archive, Web-based slide viewing and blog-style clinical-pathologic grand rounds"
PI: Chong Wee Foo, MD


Seed grant for the development of technology-based programs

"Videos in Dermatology Education"
PI: Mathew Molenda, MD

Small grants Initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Dermatology Global Grand Rounds: A Novel Transcultural Tele-Education Program"
PI: Cindy Chambers, MPH


Seed grants for the development of technology-based programs

"De-mystifying hereditary melanoma: A novel, Web-based virtual case continual CME program"
PI: Sancy Leachman, MD

"Logistical design and implementation of a distance based video/audio transcription system"
PI: Rashid Rashid, MD

"Using mobile teledermatology to assist in relieving the burden of skin disease in developing countries through increasing clinician education"
PI: Carrie Kovarik, MD

"Three-dimensional virtual epidermal basement membrane interactive DVD"
PI: Eduardo Vidal, MD

Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Psoriasis Internet education effects on veteran symptom management and health-related quality of life"
PI: Nicholas Scaletta, MD


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"Distance education program on sexually transmitted infections, HIV-related skin conditions and clinical research methods for resource-scarce settings in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries"
PI: Mauro Ramos, MD

Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"YouTube contest to promote sun safety public health messaging"
PI: William Howe, MD

"A computer-based teaching module for psoriasis education"
PI: Moshin Malik, MD

"Infantile hemangiomas and the development of educational resources on the World Wide Web"
PI: Maria Garzon, MD

"Pediatric dermatology Web-based curriculum"
PI: Sheila Galbraith, MD

"Self-study preferences of dermatology residents"
PI: Samantha Hill, MD


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"DermBase: A real-time database for dermatology research"
Co-PIs: John Strasswimmer, MD, PhD, and Brian Jiang, MD


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"A Web-based portal for promoting evidence-based dermatology education and practice"
PI: David A. Barzilai, MD


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"The eDerm curriculum"
PI: Timothy Berger, MD

"Derma share image sharing and storage"
PI: Joseph C. Kvedar, MD


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"Dermatology problem-based learning competency assessment"
PI: Erik J. Stratman, MD