Academic Dermatology Leadership Program (mentor)

Program description

The AAD invites current members to participate as volunteer mentors in the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program (ADLP). 

Get information about participating in the ADLP as a mentee.

The ADLP is a year-long program available to early-career (within nine years of completion of residency training) academic dermatologists who have expressed a strong commitment to the field and are recognized as emerging leaders in academic dermatology.

The ADLP focuses on providing management and leadership training for the academic career path and includes the Leadership Forum, other onsite leadership training sessions, and the opportunity to work with a mentor for the year. 

If you devote at least 75 percent of your professional time to academics and have a strong commitment to the field, please consider volunteering to serve as an ADLP mentor. 


  • Attend the ADLP session in conjunction with Annual Meeting.
  • Work with your mentee to set a schedule of meetings (at least monthly) throughout the program. In general meetings will be via phone, but could also include face-to-face meetings and email exchanges.

As an ADLP mentor, in addition to attending the required session at Annual Meeting, you also will be invited to attend optional events, including:

  • Leadership and Mentoring Reception at Annual and Summer Academy meetings.
  • Leadership Forum

If you would like to be an ADLP mentor, please complete your mentor profile by Oct. 2, 2017, so the mentor profile roster can be shared with the incoming class. 

Volunteer Recognition Program

If you have been involved in mentoring, please log your hours. Logging your hours supports the Academy's efforts to enhance the image of the specialty by promoting your dedication to helping patients, communities, and the profession.