American Academy of Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the largest organization of dermatologists
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases, a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist takes care of diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails....

 in the world. It was founded in 1938 and represents 17,000 dermatologists in the United States
United States
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, Canada
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, and around the world. The Academy grants Fellowships and Associate Memberships, as well as Fellowships for Nonresidents of the USA or Canada. Since 1979, the AAD also publishes a monthly medical journal
Medical journal
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, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

To become a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), a physician must be a resident of the United States of America or Canada and certified by the American Board of Dermatology
American Board of Dermatology
The American Board of Dermatology , located in Detroit, MI, certifies physicians in dermatology, dermatopathology and pediatric dermatology. Certified physicians are known as diplomates and may represent themselves to the public as “board-certified”. Since its inception in 1932, the ABD has...

 or in dermatology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada ' , French: Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada, is a national, private, nonprofit organization established in 1929 by a special Act of Parliament to oversee the medical education of specialists in Canada...


To become an Associate Member, a physician must have three years of experience in practice or as a teacher or graduate student of dermatology and must have had training that qualifies for examination by the American Board of Dermatology or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Sulzberger Institute Committee

The Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education was a grant-giving organization that funds research technology of education. Initially, the Sulzberger was a free-standing institute loosely affiliated with the AAD and governed by an independent board of trustees. Since 2005, the Sulzberger has been subsumed within the AAD, and has become the Sulzberger Institute Committee of the AAD.

Each fall, the Sulzberger awards one or two seed grants for research designed to improve the teaching of dermatology via novel technological applications. In recent years, the Committee has been particularly interested in funding research to advance continuing graduate medical education in dermatology and the teaching of dermatologic surgery. Grants are typically for one to two years, and are targeted to young investigators, including junior faculty and residents-in-training.
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