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Pathways: AAD Pathways Dermatology Career Prep


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Have you imagined yourself working in science, technology, or medicine some day? Are you also looking for a career where you connect with people? Dermatology might be the field for you!

Dermatology is an exciting and challenging specialty that will let you experience the cutting edge of medicine and enjoy the thrill of having a lasting impact on patients’ lives.

Program overview

The American Academy of Dermatology is offering an immersive five-day, daytime learning experience for high school and college students, especially those from Black, Latino and Indigenous communities considering a career in medicine. Participants will connect with dermatologists, residents, and medical students to:

  1. Learn about the field of dermatology.

  2. Get tips on how to successfully apply to medical school and get on the pathway to a career in medicine.

  3. Try your hand at some typical procedures dermatologists perform every day!

When: July 11 – 15, 2023
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Where:
July 11 – 14, 2023
George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20052

July 15, 2023
Convene Arlington
1201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

Cost: $99 (Covers educational sessions, and breakfast and lunch. Housing not provided.)


Dermatology Career Prep agenda

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

8:00-8:30 a.m. — Check-in

Program staff will receive participants and they will have a chance to have a continental breakfast before we get started.

8:30-9:15 a.m. — Getting to know you

Speakers: Dr. Copes / Dr. Friedman / Dr. Okoye / Dr. Abuabara

During this time, we will be receiving participants and creating a group identity. We will do several group icebreakers as well as using activity 1 in the skin science curriculum to do a knowledge check for what participants know about skin (pre-survey).

9:30-11:30 a.m. — Etiquette

Speakers: Dr. Copes / Dr. Gohara / Dr. Pritchett

During this segment, participants will learn how their presentation could help or harm their occupational success.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Lunch

Lunch will be served in the hallway outside of the ballroom.

12:30-2:30 p.m. — Social capital building

Speaker: Ed DeJesus, DeJesus Solutions

A growing body of research points to the importance of social capital for economic mobility and long-term career success. This workshop will discuss the importance of social capital and provides coaching on embracing it to support mutual economic and social gain.

2:30-4:30 p.m. — Resume workshop

Speakers: Andrea Gerson / Kristen Morley, Resume Scripter

This workshop led by Resume Scripter will teach participants how to craft a eye-catching resume.

4:30-5:00 p.m. — Closing session

Led by Career Prep staff, participants will do a reflection activity and prepare the students for what is in store for them on the following day.


Wednesday, July 12, 2023

8:00-8:30 a.m. — Check-in

Program staff will receive participants and they will have a chance to have a continental breakfast before we get started.

8:30-10:30 a.m. — George Washington tour

Participants will tour George Washington University’s campus and medical school.

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Lunch

Lunch will be served in the hallway outside of the ballroom.

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Shuttle to Howard University

12:00 -2:00 p.m. — Howard University tour

Participants will tour Howard University’s campus and medical school.

2:00-2:30 p.m. — Shuttle to George Washington

2:30-3:30 p.m. — Financial Aid and Admissions Workshop

Speakers: George Washington Graduate Medical Education

This workshop led by financial aid and admissions counselors at GW.

3:30-4:00 p.m. — College panel

This workshop led by financial aid and admissions counselors at GW with special guest panel.

4:00-5:00 p.m. — Closing session

Led by Career Prep staff, participants will do a debrief and reflection activity and prepare the students for what is in store for them on the following day.


Thursday, July 13, 2023

7:45-8:00 a.m. — Check-in

Program staff will receive participants and they will have a chance to have a continental breakfast before we get started.

8:00-8:30 a.m. — Icebreaker

During this time, we will be receiving participants and creating a group identity. We will do several group icebreakers.

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Medical school panel

Speakers: GWU & HU Medical School Students

Program participants will hear about the medical school admission process and what to expect once they are in medical school.

9:30-9:45 a.m. — Break

9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Test prep

Speaker: Dr. Copes, The Applied Learning Academy

Participants will learn strategies that can help them excel at any test.

12:00-1:00 p.m. — Lunch

Lunch will be served in the hallway outside of the ballroom.

1:00-3:30 p.m. — Dermatology specialties

Speakers: Dr. Okoye / Dr. Friedman / Dr. Frey / Dr. Byrd / Dr. Pritchett

Participants will learn about the sub-specialties within the field of dermatology from practitioners in the field.

3:30-4:00 p.m. — Interview skills

Speakers: Dr Friedman/ Dr.Okoye

Participants will learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing through dramatized scenarios often seen in interviews.

4:00-5:00 p.m. — Mock interviews

Friday, July 14, 2023

7:45-8:00 a.m. — Check-in

Program staff will receive participants and they will have a chance to have a continental breakfast before we get started.

8:00-8:30 a.m. — Icebreaker

During this time, we will be receiving participants and creating a group identity. We will do several group icebreakers.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — BioSKills lab

Speakers: Nth Dimsensions / GW and HU dermatologists

Program participants will perform hand on laboratories of common procedures conducted by dermatologists.

12:30-1:00 p.m. — Lunch

1:00-2:30 p.m. — Resident panel

Speakers: GW and HU Residents

GW and Howard residents will discuss their ongoing journey to becoming dermatologists.

2:45-4:00 p.m. — Skin Science lab

Program participants will become ambassadors for AAD’s Skin Science curriculum.

4:00-5:00 p.m. — Closing session

Led by Career Prep staff, participants will do a reflection activity and prepare the students for what is in store for them on the following day.


Saturday, July 15, 2023

7:45-8:00 a.m. — Check-in

Program staff will receive participants and they will have a chance to have a continental breakfast before we get started. PLEASE BRING A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. We will need their full names to have them attend the Convene program.

8:00-8:30 a.m. — Welcome

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Patient advocate panel

Speakers: Patient advocates

Program participants will learn from patients their experience with dermatologic conditions.

9:30-10:30 a.m. — Dermatologist panel

Participants will learn about patient care and health inequities from dermatologists.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Pharmaceutical dermatology showcase

Participants will get a hands-on experience with how products are created.

12:00-2:00 p.m. — Brunch

During brunch there will be a session for parents on how to support their young person on the journey to becoming a dermatologist. Also, students get the opportunity to build their social capital with those in attendance.