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The AAD’s Leadership Institute gives dermatologists the skills to succeed and become leaders in their communities. From the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program to the Advanced Leadership Forum, your support helps provides invaluable training, mentorship, and networking opportunities for dermatologists at all stages of their careers.


Leadership Institute – helping dermatologists become leaders in their communities

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905 AAD members have attended the Leadership Forum since 2002

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20 mentor-mentee relationships take place each year as part of the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program

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164 AAD members have attended the Advanced Leadership Forum since 2014


You help make a difference

Impact stories

Your support of the Leadership Institute helps dermatologists become leaders in their communities. Learn more about the impact of this initiative by reading these stories.

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Tammie C. Ferringer, MD, FAAD

“If you are considering doing the Leadership Forum, you will find it incredibly valuable. The self-awareness alone is very important. And the networking that it allows you to develop in the Academy is truly a value that you cannot retain in any other way….I really believe that a lot of the things that I’ve accomplished over the last 10 years are due to my Leadership Forum experience.”

─ Tammie C. Ferringer, MD, FAAD, past chair of the Leadership Development Steering Committee

Amanda R. Twigg, MD, FAAD

“This is a wonderful program! It came at a critical time in my career and has solidified my passion for academic medicine, leadership and administrative roles.”

─ Amanda R. Twigg, MD, FAAD, past Academic Dermatology Leadership Program participant

Thomas Knackstedt, MD, FAAD

“The Leadership Forum sessions and activities helped me realize my potential as an early career dermatologist. It helped me connect with peers and mentors which is an invaluable resource for professional growth. I would highly recommend this program for anyone.”

─ Thomas Knackstedt, MD, FAAD, past Leadership Forum participant

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