Affiliate membership

Affiliate membership is offered to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • DOs certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.
  • MDs who are certified in dermatology by a non-U.S. or Canadian Board
  • Board-certified dermatopathologists who are not eligible to be Fellows or Associates (see note following).

Note: Dermatopathologists are defined as having a subspecialty certification in dermatopathology.  

Dermatopathologists who have a subspecialty certification in dermatopathology from at least one of the following boards are eligible for Affiliate membership with the Academy:     

  • American Board of Pathology (ABP)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Pathology (AOBP)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD) 

Dermatopathologists who are certified in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology are eligible to be Fellows of the American Academy of Dermatology. 


  • Affiliate: $800 (USD) per year

There is a $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee.

DOs eligible for American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology certification and who are new graduates completing residency or a fellowship training program in the year in which they apply, qualify for a discounted dues rate of $125 (USD) for the first year's dues plus a $100 non-refundable application fee. Membership begins Jan. 1 or July 1 of each year.

For additional details, please refer to Article III, Section 2(d) of the Academy Bylaws

Dues paid to the AADA are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as a business expense related to your practice, excluding the 12 percent of dues attributed to lobbying activities.

Application checklist

All of the following items must be submitted to the Academy before your application can be processed.

  • Letters of endorsement: You must have two (2) non-related Fellows of the Academy submit letters of endorsement directly to the Department of Member Services. Endorsement letters should be addressed to Membership Committee Chair. Endorsement letters MUST include ALL of the following items: Nature and duration of your association with the Fellow, summary of your activities in dermatology, and attestation of your moral character. Incomplete letters will delay application processing. (This is not a requirement for those DOs who have completed a dermatology residency and are certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.)

  • U.S. or Canadian medical license: Include a photocopy of your state medical license(s).
  • Dermatology or pathology residency diploma: Include a copy of your diploma.
  • Board equivalency: Include a copy of any Board certification that may help clarify your membership request. This may include non-U.S. or non-Canadian dermatology board equivalents for those physicians permanently residing in the United States or Canada but who are not eligible for certification in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Osteopathic physicians must provide a copy of their American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology certification.

  • Curriculum vitae: This should include institutions attended, cumulative dates of attendance, and degrees obtained for undergraduate, graduate, residency training and other specialty training. Also include information about institutional and academic affiliations, memberships in medical societies, or professional organizations. The curriculum vitae should include evidence of meeting the criteria for Affiliate membership as established in the Bylaws Article III, Section 2(d)(i-iii).

  • Dermatologic activities: Include a detailed statement outlining your current activities in dermatology. This must be received for your application to be processed.

Action on your request for membership will be made by the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors in December. You will be notified of their decision by the middle of December.

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