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Learning Pathways

Welcome to Medicine Without Barriers: Overcoming Unintended Bias in Practice, an AAD educational resource designed to increase cultural knowledge and breakdown unintended barriers to providing patients with excellent and compassionate dermatology care. The curated content provides a guided experience to learn and use concepts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that can impact health equity in patient care.


The program includes three levels designed to 1) deepen awareness, 2) learn how to take action, and 3) become a champion.  Keep in mind, this is not intended to be an all-encompassing program, nor does it replace any training that is required by any institutions or government bodies. It is a way to begin the learning journey on this important topic. The pathways are best completed in order.

CME Credit

Content has been curated from several sources including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Association of Professors of Dermatology, and the American Academy of Dermatology. Some of the content is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditTM.   In those cases, credit is provided directly from the content source.  For example, when you participate in the ACGME course, credit is issued by the ACGME, for the AAD’s directly sponsored courses, credit is issued by the AAD, etc.


To help navigate CME credit availability, each source has been color coded.  As you hover over the links, you will notice that they will change color according to the content credit provider indicating the availability of CME credit.  Please refer to the color key included with each pathway level. While some of these learning modules are not certified for credit, the information they contain is no less important. 


Credit provided directly by the AAD will appear automatically ion the AAD transcript ).  Credit from other provider(s) should be self-reported in the transcript (


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that sets and monitors voluntary professional educational standards essential in preparing physicians to deliver safe, high-quality medical care to all Americans. Graduate medical education (GME) refers to the period of education in a particular specialty (residency) or subspecialty (fellowship) following medical school; the ACGME oversees the accreditation of residency and fellowship programs in the US.



At the conclusion of each level, you can earn a badge that will display in the AAD Learning  Center. Badges are displayed on your home page and on your profile in the LMS.  To claim a badge, click the respective badge link and proceed to the attestation to earn your badge. These badges can also be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, or in your email signatures. If you are using the badge in an email signature, the text "Medicine Without Barriers" should be displayed beneath the image. 

Level One

Starting the Journey

Goal is to understand and deepen knowledge of basic diversity, equity, inclusion and social equity concepts

Deepening Awareness

After completing this pathway, you should be able to: 

  • Identify social equity issues such as racism, sexism, and homophobia and recognize the impact of these issues on self + others.
  • Examine social and the interconnected nature of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and relate these identities to issues of privilege, power, and unconscious bias in medicine.
  • Recognize aspects of the social determinants of health and health care inequities and connect them to the field of dermatology

Level Two

Continuing the Journey

Goal is to apply diversity, equity, inclusion, and social equity knowledge and demonstrate allyship for others

Level Three

Supporting Others

Goal is to share knowledge and create systemic change

Being A Champion

After completing this pathway, you should be able to: 


  • Apply and share knowledge to implement direct action on social equity issues .
  • Develop and sustain inclusive and welcoming departments, dermatological care, and opportunities for underrepresented residents and young physicians in dermatology.
  • Create opportunities for advocacy to remove systemic inequities for those in the dermatology field.

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