Become a mentor

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Use your practical observations, skills, and lessons learned to help foster early career dermatologists. Once you’ve found an AAD program or opportunity, join our database of mentors by completing your unique mentor profile. Upload a photo or CV, and include information about your hobbies, interests, and core values. This information will be shared with mentees in our fully searchable online mentor database.



The Academic Dermatology Leadership Program: Advise young faculty members and help guide them through the early stages of teaching dermatology to students.

JAAD Editorial Mentorship Program: Designed for young physicians who are interested in developing critical appraisal and editorial skills.

The Diversity Mentorship Program: Counsel diverse medical students who are considering a career in dermatology.

Additional opportunities:

Academic dermatology (non-Academic Dermatology Leadership Program (ADLP)): Provide guidance and support to meet the unique challenges of a career in academic dermatology, including research projects, writing manuscripts, teaching (both lectures and at the bedside), and promotions. Insights into balancing clinical responsibilities with the need for academic time to write and conduct research also are welcome.

Business, management, and private practice issues: Share your knowledge of best practices for office management, the importance of building relationships, and work/life balance with members in private practice.

Dermatology advocacy (local, state, or national): Guide members who are new to Academy advocacy efforts on how to establish relationships with elected officials. Offer suggestions about how to get involved at the local, state, or national level.

Organized medicine (local, state, or national): Advise and guide members on how to navigate politics, build and manage effective work groups, and persuade and motivate others in organized medicine.

Research — Clinical: Advise members on the design of clinical research projects, how to form collaborations, practical aspects of IRB approval and data collection, and sources of funding. Advice on the writing of manuscripts also is welcome.
Research — Basic science/translational: Provide guidance on the importance of collaboration, data sharing, and maintaining standards.

Resident mentor: Offer expertise and guidance to AAD residents and fellows as they progress through training in areas such as work/life balance, leadership skills, practice management, research opportunities, and transitions to clinical practice.


Recognize your mentor with a gold star! For a small donation, your mentor will receive a gold star to wear at Annual Meeting.

My mentor is a star!