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The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the largest organization of dermatologists in the world. It was founded in 1938 and represents 15,000 dermatologists in the United States and Canada. The Academy grants Fellowships and Associate Memberships, as well as Fellowships for Nonresidents of the USA or Canada.[1] Since 1979, the AAD also publishes a monthly medical journal, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.[2]

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 certifed by the American Board of Dermatology or in dermatology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.[3]

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.[3]

As part of its efforts to reduce incidence of skin cancer, most forms of which are associated with excess sunlight exposure, the AAD has started certifying products with its "seal of recognition". Several products in the Aveeno range (Johnson & Johnson) were the first to receive this seal in 2007.[4]

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.


  1. ^ American Academy of Dermatology. "About The AAD". Retrieved 2007-12-25.  
  2. ^ "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology". Retrieved 2007-12-25.  
  3. ^ a b American Academy of Dermatology. "Fellow / Associate Membership Application Information". Retrieved 2007-12-25.  
  4. ^ "AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION". Retrieved 2007-12-25.  

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