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Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology for medical students


Are you a medical student from the Black, Hispanic, or Indigenous community? Dermatology is an exciting specialty, positioned at the intersection of medicine, surgery, and pathology and offering the opportunity to treat a variety of diseases, and the Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology program can offer you the chance to explore it and decide if it’s right for you. The programs outlined below can offer you hands-on personal experience and mentoring in dermatology — and help you be more competitive for a residency slot if you decide dermatology is for you.

How can we do this? We offer the following programs that can help you get, or stay, on the pathway to dermatology.

Bioskills workshops.

These dynamic workshops for medical students offered in partnership with Nth Dimensions will give you a deep dive into this exciting specialty and offer an opportunity to try your hand at some basic dermatologic procedures. Recent and upcoming sessions include:

  • Latino Medical Student Association: March 5, 2022 (will take place each year)

  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA): April 16, 2022 (will take place each year)

  • Morehouse School of Medicine: Date coming soon

  • Howard University School of Medicine: Date coming soon

  • Meharry Medical College: Date coming soon

More Bioskills workshop dates and locations will be announced soon!

Medical student symposium at the AAD Annual Meeting.

In partnership with Nth Dimensions the AAD invites medical students from URiM backgrounds to attend the premier scientific meeting in dermatology. At the symposium, students in AAD-sponsored mentorship programs and medical students interested in dermatology who are attending the Annual Meeting learn more about dermatology and get the inside scoop on how to successfully apply to these competitive residency programs.

AAD/Nth Dimensions Scholars program.

First- and second-year medical students have an opportunity to participate in a robust 2-month summer internship, build a mentorship with a practicing dermatologist, and get guided support to prepare for residency application, and get ready for residency.

AAD Diversity Mentorship Program.

This long-running program provides URiM medical students a one-month summer internship. Third- and fourth-year medical students are matched with an AAD member and given a travel stipend. In addition, Nth Dimensions provides access to resources and education for these students, post internship.

COMING SOON:

A grant program for URiM “gap year” research. Research experience immediately after or during medical school can provide students a competitive advantage in applying for residency. This new program will award three grants per year for URiM medical students to pursue research opportunities immediately after completing medical school.


Wondering if dermatology is right for you?