Resident Scholarship to Legislative Conference

The American Academy of Dermatology Association’s (AADA) Legislative Conference offers a unique opportunity for residents to learn how federal legislation will impact the future of dermatology and sit down with members of Congress to discuss the most pressing health policy issues facing the specialty.

The AADA awards several scholarships for residents who will attend the Conference and commit to a year-long involvement in AADA advocacy activities. Scholarship recipients’ travel to Washington, D.C. on an all-expense paid trip, where they’ll receive advocacy training and mentorship by AADA physician leaders, learn how to effectively make their voices heard to lawmakers, and become leading advocates for dermatology.

Residents are not required to have any political knowledge or experience in order to attend the Conference or receive the scholarship. Advocacy trainings will be offered by a panel of health policy experts, which covers all aspects of the legislative process, as well as information about the legislators themselves.

Learn more about the AADA Legislative Conference.

Please note: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the AADA Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup. 

  • How to apply

    To apply, complete the Resident Scholarship Application. To attend the 2019 conference, applications must be submitted by July 12, 2019. Applications submitted after this date will be eligible for the 2020 conference.

    apply now


  • Scholarship requirements

    Applicants must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program at the start of the conference to qualify for this scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship must commit to a year-long involvement in AADA advocacy efforts by participating in grassroots email campaigns, discussions with district congressional offices, and actively promoting AADA advocacy amongst peers. AADA staff will provide reminders to recipients of reporting deadlines. View the advocacy checklist.

  • Scholarship review process
    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the AADA Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup. Through the review process; the Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup may request additional information to address any questions or concerns about the application.
  • Questions
    For more information about the conference, visit the AADA Legislative Conference website.  Should you have questions about the Legislative Conference or the AADA’s grassroots program, please contact AADA staff, Susie Dumond at or (202) 712-2611.

Related Resources

GrantsNative American Health Services Resident Rotation

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, Ariz. 

Learn more
AwardsAdvocate of the Year Award

The Advocate of the Year is awarded to one AADA member who sets an example for his or her peers by undertaking a significant amount of advocacy endeavors, at the state and/or federal level, on behalf of the specialty. The goal of the award is to promote year-around advocacy and acknowledge the positive effects of a single advocate.

learn more
GrantsInternational Society Annual Meeting Travel Grant

The AAD offers grants to dermatology residents, fellows, or young dermatologists (within five years of completing residency) from the United States and Canada for travel to dermatology meetings in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. 

Learn more