What you can support

Through the following educational and life-saving programs, the American Academy of Dermatology is proud to make a meaningful difference every day in the lives of individuals and communities. Your support helps further the following initiatives:

Public education / community programs


Camp Discovery
Provide a life-enriching camping experience for over 350 children with chronic skin conditions annually at six weeks of camp in five locations throughout the country.


  SPOT Skin Cancer™
Serves as the Academy's signature program for the prevention and detection of skin cancer. Through these initiatives, the Academy grants shade structures to schools and other non-profits, provides access to free skin cancer screenings to the public through SPOTme™, and creates awareness through educational resources and campaigns like Melanoma Monday® and other public service announcements.


Member education


International programs
The Academy offers several international programs that provide grants to Academy members who deliver dermatologic care in underserved communities.


Leadership Institute
Provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities tailored to the unique needs of dermatologists.


“The Academy’s community involvement programs can help enrich our lives both professionally and personally. I am supporting the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer initiative by raising money to fund a shade structure at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Protecting children’s skin while they play is important to me. With the Academy’s help, I am able to give back in ways that are meaningful to me and will make a lasting impact.”

– Suzanne Olbricht, MD, FAAD
Burlington, Mass.