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Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology for medical students

The impact of mentorship

Making connections with mentors who have faced similar challenges, or who have similar backgrounds, are key in helping students successfully achieve a career as a dermatologist.

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:

  • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California: October 21, 2022

  • Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC: November 19, 2022

  • Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee: December 3, 2022

  • Morehouse School of Medicine , Atlanta, Georgia: December 9, 2022

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.

AAD-SID Gap Year Fellowships.

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.

Learn more and apply for a fellowship.

Wondering if dermatology is right for you?