Volunteer and mentor opportunities


Demonstrate compassion. Foster goodwill. Get involved.

Be part of the inspiring effort among dermatologists dedicated to helping patients, communities, and the specialty. If you have suggestions for opportunities not listed below, please send an email to volunteer@aad.org.

Browse a wide selection of Academy volunteer opportunities from the following categories:

Patient/public outreach

AccessDerm: An Academy-sponsored teledermatology program that allows volunteer AAD dermatologists to provide care to underserved populations in the United States.

Camp Discovery: What would summer be without summer camp? Volunteer your time with the AAD’s summer camp program and help children with skin diseases.

Health Volunteers Overseas: Train local health care providers, giving them the knowledge and skills to help their communities. Opportunities are available in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Native American Health Services Resident Rotation: Participate in a one- to two-week rotation where residents provide dermatologic care to the Navajo Nation population and work with primary health care providers to assist with diagnosis and management of diseases.

Resident International Grant: Participate in a four- to six-week elective in Gaborone, Botswana, where residents take part in dermatologic HIV care of children and adults.

Shade Structure Program: Sponsor public schools and non-profit organizations in need of shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun.

Skin Care for Developing Countries Grant: The AAD offers grants to individuals and organizations to fund international volunteer and humanitarian projects. Grants vary between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on the proposal, scope of the project, and availability of funds

SPOTme™ Skin Cancer Screening Program: Conduct free skin cancer screenings in your community.

SPOT Skin Cancer™: The Academy’s national, broad-based public education initiative to harness the passion of the skin cancer community in the fight against skin cancer.

Mentor young physicians

Academic Dermatology Leadership Program: Advise young faculty members and help guide them through the early stages of teaching dermatology to students.

Diversity Mentorship Program: Counsel medical students from minority backgrounds who are considering a career in dermatology.

Find out more about becoming a mentor by visiting the Leadership Institute.

Policy and advocacy

Advisory Board:The AAD's Advisory Board (AB) invites all AAD members as well as state, local, and specialty dermatology groups to submit proposed AAD/A policy resolutions on issues of interest and/or concern. The AB convenes every year at the AAD Annual Meeting to deliberate on members’ proposed resolutions, and if approved, propose them to the AAD’s Board of Directors for consideration. Email all resolutions and questions regarding the Advisory Board to Ashley John at ajohn@aad.org.

Academy committees

Academy councils, committees, and task forces: Your willingness to get involved is important to the strategic direction of the AAD. The mission and activities of a committee provide leadership and direction on a variety of AAD initiatives. Each year the appointment application is available mid-April through June 30. Leadership approves appointments in November/December.

Volunteer Recognition Program

The Volunteer Recognition Program recognizes members who are committed to giving back to the field of dermatology. If you have been involved in volunteer efforts, please log your hours and help us keep track of the number of dermatologists making a difference. Logging your hours supports the Academy's efforts to enhance the image of the specialty by promoting your dedication to helping patients, communities, and the profession.

Support volunteerism

You also can support the AAD's efforts to facilitate and promote volunteerism through monetary and in-kind donations. Learn more about giving opportunities.