By Richard Nelson, managing editor, March 01, 2013
The American Academy of Dermatology’s World Congress Fund Review Task Force celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since its inception, the task force has selected the winners of hundreds of scholarships that have helped ensure that dermatologic knowledge is disseminated throughout the world.
The funds the task force disperses were the result of the 18th World Congress of Dermatology, held in New York in June 1992. More than 7,000 people attended the meeting, during which John S. Strauss, MD, served as president and Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, served as secretary-general, with organizational support from the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, and the International Committee of Dermatology.
The meeting was successful beyond expectations. With $1.3 million in income left after expenses were covered, organizers decided to establish the fund so that the interest it generated could be used to support the attendance of young dermatologists from developing countries at the AAD Annual Meeting. As currently constituted, two recipients per eligible developing country are allowed to receive Annual Meeting Poster Exhibit scholarships each year. The fund also supports the participation of U.S. and Canadian dermatologists in both the quadrennial World Congress of Dermatology and the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting, held every five years. (Both scholarships allow applicants to be residents or fellows; World Congress applicants may be within five years of completing their training, while IID applicants should be in their first two years on faculty.)
To learn more about all three scholarships, visit www.aad.org/education-and-quality-care/awards-grants-and-scholarships.