International fellow membership

International fellow membership

The International fellow membership is for dermatologists that reside outside the United States or Canada and have obtained board certification approximately equivalent to that of the American Board of Dermatology.

International fellow electronic membership

An electronic-only membership option is available to dermatologists from low to upper middle income economies that are eligible for International fellow membership. The electronic option provides access to Academy membership benefits at almost half the cost of the regular international fellow membership dues. This membership offers the member rate for meeting attendance and product orders, and allows access to all online information, including the members-only section of the AAD website and the online Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD). In addition, you will receive any member benefit that can be provided electronically. If you select electronic membership, you will not receive faxes or printed materials, including JAAD, Dermatology World, and the Annual Meeting program. However, you will be able to access these publications online.

Please refer to Article III, Section 2(b) of the Academy Bylaws for additional details about electronic membership. 


Member category
Dues per year (USD)
International electronic (developing countries only) $200

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

New graduates who are completing residency, or complete fellowship training directly after residency, and apply the same year qualify for a discounted dues rate of $115 (USD) for the first year's dues, plus a $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee. Applications must be received by November 1, in the graduating year to qualify for this discount.

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% of dues attributed to lobbying activities.

Application checklist

The following documentation must be submitted to the Academy before your application can be processed. Each item must be provided in English and in an 8 ½-in. x 11-in. format.

  • National dermatologic society membership in the country you reside: A current letter indicating the type of membership held within the dermatologic society and that the membership is in good standing.

  • License and diploma: Copies of license and dermatology residency diploma. Photocopies of license and diploma are acceptable. Include an English translation of both documents if applicable.

  • Board certification: A copy of your board certification (non-U.S. or non-Canadian). Certification should be approximately equivalent to certification by the American Board of Dermatology. This includes examination, society membership, specific training program, etc. Board equivalency must be demonstrated for your application request to be considered for international fellow membership. Include an English translation of this document if applicable. Your application will be delayed if this is not provided.

  • Curriculum vitae: This should include institutions attended, cumulative dates of attendance, and degrees obtained for undergraduate, graduate, residency training, and other specialty training, as well as any board certification. Also include information about institutional and academic affiliations, memberships in medical societies, or professional organizations.