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What we do


Build public awareness around skin health

Early detection. We’ve seen it make a difference. That’s why promoting awareness about skin health, detection, and prevention are a top priority for us. Your support and participation can literally save lives.

SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening Program

Our SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening Program is the AAD's longest-standing public health program.

Since its inception in 1985, dermatologists have conducted more than 2.7 million free skin cancer screenings with more than 271,000 suspicious lesions detected, and more than 30,000 suspected melanomas.

Host a free screening event in your area. The AAD will provide you with free screening forms and skin cancer handouts. Your screening event will also be advertised on the AAD website and toll-free hotline. 


Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™

Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ is a participant-driven fundraising event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign. AAD.org offers the public important education about skin, hair, and nails.

An alarming one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Together, we’re raising funds to reduce the incidence and mortality rates of skin cancer. Our efforts provide free early detection skin cancer screenings, funds to build shade structures where children learn and play, sunscreen dispensers in large outdoor public areas, and education programs on prevention and detection.


Improve lives around the world

Through volunteerism, resident international grants, outreach and other efforts, the AAD is making its mark globally.

  • In the US, the AAD has several regional summer camps for children with special needs.

  • We build shade structures nationally to protect against the sun’s rays.

  • In additional to our skin cancer screenings in the US, our outreach brings awareness, education, and skin cancer screenings to an underserved population of Latino outdoor workers.

  • We provide grants to individuals and organizations to fund international volunteer and humanitarian projects under the SkinCare for Developing Countries program.

  • We are providing education and care in Chinle, Arizona, Botswana, and everywhere in between.

In short, we are bringing dermatology to those who need it most, wherever they are in the world.

Global impact: Vietnam

After being a physician for so many years, it’s easy to think there aren’t many opportunities outside the office to learn something new about being a dermatologist.

Harvey Weinberg, MD — a practicing dermatologist for over 40 years — learned something he never would have experienced in his New Jersey practice when he volunteered in Hue, Vietnam with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) in 2015.


Global impact: Kenya

Ronald Harris, MD, has been involved in several global health projects in sub-Saharan Africa since 2003, and has been a visiting professor of dermatology in more than a dozen countries, lecturing on dermatologic emergencies and tropical dermatology.

“Volunteering or providing a contribution has a direct and profound impact on the lives of thousands of patients in Nakuru, Kenya,” Dr. Harris said.


Educate clinicians about dermatology

Through generous support of our members, and through our corporate and individual sponsors, we have been able to offer the world’s largest and most comprehensive continuing education meetings twice a year. Our AAD Annual Meeting, made possible through generous corporate sponsors, offers more than 350 sessions designed to address the educational needs and hot topics facing dermatology. Additionally, our Resident Education Grant is helping to ensure that the next generation is prepared for dermatology in the future.

“Attending my first AAD Annual Meeting was an eye-opening experience. The quality of the educational programs as well the support to foster residents and early career dermatologists aided my decision to pursue a career in academics. ”

─ Aaron Mangold, MD, AAD Fellow since 2016

“The Resident Education Grant program helps residents who are actively shaping their future career choices and gives us the opportunity to seek further education and mentorship at the lively annual meeting.”

─ Kate Oberlin, MD, dermatology resident

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