Become a mentor

Former participants in the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program and Leadership Forum gather at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception during the 2012 Summer Meeting.

Mentors and Mentees network at the sharing mentoring experiences breakfast at the Annual Meeting, specifically designed for “speed mentoring”.  Mark your calendar to attend Friday, March 21st in Denver!

The AAD’s established leaders - Drs. Jean Bolognia, Margaret Parsons, and Erin Boh - at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

Drs. John Harris, Tammie Ferringer, Jeremy Bordeaux, and Mary Maloney network at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

“Speed mentoring” during the Sharing Mentoring experiences breakfast at the Annual Meeting.

Drs. Karen McKoy and Craig Burkhart converse during the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

Dr. Kelly Cordoro (2013 Leadership Forum Chair) with participants at the Leadership Forum.

Dr. John Harris with Dr. William James at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

Smiling faces of our leaders at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.


Interested in becoming a mentor?

The Academy has several opportunities to use your practical observations, skills, and lessons learned to help foster early career dermatologists. Once you’ve found a program or opportunity, join our database of mentors by completing your unique mentor profile. Upload a photo or CV, and include information about your hobbies, interests, and core values. This information will be shared with mentees in our fully searchable online mentor database.



Academic dermatology (non-Academic Dermatology Leadership Program (ADLP)): Provide guidance and support to meet the unique challenges of a career in academic dermatology, including research projects, writing manuscripts, teaching (both lectures and at the bedside), and promotions. Insights into balancing clinical responsibilities with the need for academic time to write and conduct research also are welcome.

Business, management, and private practice issues: Share your knowledge of best practices for office management, the importance of building relationships, and work/life balance with members in private practice.

Dermatology advocacy (local, state, or national): Guide members who are new to Academy advocacy efforts on how to establish relationships with elected officials. Offer suggestions about how to get involved at the local, state, or national level.

Organized medicine (local, state, or national): Advise and guide members on how to navigate the politics, build and manage effective work groups, and persuade and motivate others in organized medicine.

Research — Clinical: Advise members on the design of clinical research projects, how to form collaborations, practical aspects of IRB approval and data collection, and sources of funding. Advice on the writing of manuscripts also is welcome.
Research — Basic science/translational: Provide guidance on the importance of collaboration, data sharing, and maintaining standards.

Resident mentor — Offer expertise and guidance to Residents/Fellows as they progress through training in areas such as work/life balance, leadership skills, practice management, research opportunities, and transitions to clinical practice.


Recognize your mentor with a gold star! For a small donation, your mentor will receive a gold star to wear at the Annual Meeting.

My mentor is a star!