Native American Health Service Resident Rotation Program

The AAD's Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee provides four grants per year to dermatology residents from the United States who are in their second or third year of residency to participate in a rural health elective in Chinle, Ariz. 

This elective takes place at the Indian Health Service for one to two weeks. Residents provide dermatologic care to the Navajo Nation population and work with primary health care providers to assist with diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases. Residents are expected to keep records of consults, prepare lectures, and submit a report/evaluation of activities to the Academy within one month of completing the rotation.

Grant recipients receive a stipend for airfare, accommodations, and board. Any scheduling conflict must be resolved prior to applying for the grant.


To be considered for the 2015-2016 rotations listed below, submit your application by April 1, 2015. Grants received after this date will be considered for the 2016-2017 application cycle (same rotation months listed below).

  • November 2015 rotation
  • March 2016 rotation
  • May 2016 rotation
  • August 2016 rotation
  • Letter of support from program director or department chair.
    Note: Letter(s) must be addressed to the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee and be attached to the online application.
  • 300-word (or less) expression of interest that includes how you feel you will be able to contribute to the host site.
  • Detailed  curriculum vitae 

To learn more about the program, the following materials are available:

Contact Janine Mueller at or (847) 240-1737.


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