Affiliate membership

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

  • 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 below).

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.


Member category
Dues per year (USD)
Affiliate Dermpath

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

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 15 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.

  • Two letters of endorsement (Required only for MDs certified in dermatology by a non-U.S. or Canadian Board): Two 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 Bylaws Article III, Section 2(d)(i-iii).

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.