Native American Health Service Resident Rotation Program

The AAD's Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee provides four grants per year to dermatology residents from the United States who are in their second or third year of residency to participate in a rural health elective in Chinle, Arizona. 

This elective takes place at the Indian Health Service for one to two weeks. Residents provide dermatologic care to the Navajo Nation population and work with primary health care providers to assist with diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases. Residents are expected to keep records of consults, prepare lectures, and submit a report/evaluation of activities to the Academy within one month of completing the rotation.

Grant recipients receive a stipend for airfare, accommodations, and board. The AAD does not provide insurance. Any scheduling conflict must be resolved prior to applying for the grant.


  • Application timeline

    To be considered for the 2019-2020 rotations listed below, submit your application by April 1, 2019. Grants received after this date will be considered for the next year's application cycle (same rotation months listed below).

    • November 2019 rotation
    • March 2020 rotation
    • May 2020 rotation
    • August 2020 rotation
  • Application materials
    • Recommendation from program director or department chair via the application platform. A separate letter is no longer needed.

    • 500-word (or less) expression of interest that includes how you feel you will be able to contribute to the host site.

    • Detailed  curriculum vitae (including volunteer experience). 

    Note: Residents need to have malpractice insurance through their own institution. The AAD does not provide insurance.

    To learn more about the program, the following materials are available:

  • Questions
    For additional questions, please contact