Diversity Mentorship Program: Information for medical students

The application for the 2015 program is now closed.  

A lack of ethnic diversity exists among dermatology's physician population. This affects ethnic minority patients because they may seek medical care less frequently or when it is too late. 

The Diversity Mentorship Program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice. 

Who should apply: First- through fourth-year medical students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine* may apply to participate in the American Academy of Dermatology’s Diversity Mentorship Program.

View the Diversity Mentorship Program's frequently asked questions.

Application materials:

  • A copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • A copy of your medical school transcript.
  • First-year students must also provide MCAT scores & a letter in good standing from their medical school.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.

This mentorship encompasses 160 hours during the course of one month. Medical students commonly participate in this program in the summer months, but it must be complete by Dec. 1. The mentorship may be completed in a choice of environments such as a medical center or private practice.

Upon application to the program, a medical student may choose a mentor on his or her own, or he or she can choose from the AAD's mentor list. At this time, a stipend will not be provided for 2016 program participants.

View program FAQs.

  • Must be a first- through fourth-year medical student who is underrepresented in medicine. The Academy recognizes the following racial groups as underrepresented in the field of dermatology (as related to the U.S. population): African-American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Must be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent resident visa.
  • Select a mentor before you apply. We suggest contacting dermatologists at your university or within your community. The Academy also has a listing of eligible mentors in our online mentor list (please select the Diversity Mentorship Program in the "Mentor Program" field). Mentors must be AAD members to be considered for the program.
  • Upon completion of the mentorship program, participants are required to submit an evaluation of the program and a brief description of future plans to pursue dermatology.
For questions about the Diversity Mentorship Program, contact Tina Matillano at (847) 240-1344 or timatillano@aad.org.


Watch this video to learn more about diversity mentorship at the Academy.