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American Academy of Dermatology
Summer Internship & Mentor Program for Minority Medical Students

Fact Sheet

The American Academy of Dermatology invites first- and second-year medical students who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American to learn more about dermatology as a medical specialty by participating in the Academy's Summer Internship and Mentor Program for Minority Medical Students.

Program Description

The selected students will spend one month working and studying with a dermatology mentor of their choice. The Academy will secure mentors from a variety of practice settings - private practice, research, etc. Participants will receive a $1,000 grant and may be eligible for an additional $500 in travel expense reimbursement.


The program objective is to provide students with personal and hands-on exposure to dermatology by working with a mentor. The Academy hopes that participation in this program stimulates interest in dermatology as a pursuable and obtainable career choice for minority students.

Application Process

  • Complete the application form, which requests basic information such as name, address and year in school.
  • Write a 250-word essay that tells how you discovered the program, why you want to spend a month studying dermatology, what goals you wish to achieve during the internship and what kind of mentor you wish. A copy of your medical school transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty, an employer, etc. should also accompany your application.

Mail applications to: 

Cheryl A. Hayden
AAD Summer Internship and Mentor Program
American Academy of Dermatology
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 880
Washington, DC 20005-3319

Applications must be received in April. Grants winners will be announced in April.

After you complete your internship, you must write a one-page summary describing your experience. You will not receive your internship certificate until you have submitted your essay. Also see http://www.aad.org for more details.

Updated: May 17, 2007
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