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As future physicians, it’s important to have a research background.  Research allows clinicians to engage in innovative research practices and exposes clinicians to the scientific method.  There is always a need for more physician scientists.  In particular, the field of dermatology is a research oriented field.  Research is an essential component of the mission statement for the American Academy of Dermatologists: “Promoting leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.”  Please check out the information found on our various research related pages and  any research opportunities at your institutions.   

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American Academy of Dermatology Diversity Mentorship Program

  • One-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student’s choice from a list of mentors

    • One month, 160 hour requirement

  • Third- and fourth-year medical students underrepresented in medicine highly encouraged to apply to enhance their dermatology residency applications.

    • The AAD recognizes the following groups to be underrepresented in dermatology: Black/African-American, Hispanic, Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

  • Select a mentor before you apply. Mentors can be chosen by contacting a dermatologist from the AAD’s online mentor list or by reaching out directly to an AAD member.  Applicants must contact and receive mentor’s approval prior to submitting an application.

  • Program recipients will receive a $1500 stipend.

  • Applications are due December 1, 2017

  • See this website for more information:

  • Questions?  Contact Tina Matillano (

Assorted Non-Dermatology Fellowship Opportunities


 The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship:

One year fellowship in applied epidemiology for medical students.  Selected students will spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.  Students will gain an in-depth understanding of applied epidemiology, the role of epidemiology in medicine, and the role of a physician in the public health system.

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship for Medical Students:  

The Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship (CRF) provides support for one year of full-time clinical research training. The main goal of the program is to encourage medical students to pursue careers in clinical research. Interested medical students must be willing to take a year out from school and conduct fellowship research and training at one of 12 hosting medical schools.


Sarnoff Fellowship Program:  

The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research laboratory in the United States, other than the medical school in which they are enrolled.

NIH Research Opportunities


Seed Grants