Diversity Mentorship Program: Information for mentors

The American Academy of Dermatology invites current members to volunteer as mentors in the Diversity Mentorship Program, a program offered to first- through fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine.*

Program description

Through this one-on-one mentorship program, volunteer mentors provide medical students with hands-on exposure in the field of dermatology and help stimulate interest in dermatology as an obtainable career choice.

Each medical student is required to complete a one-month, 160-hour mentorship with his or her volunteer mentor by December 1 of the current award year.

Medical students: Learn more about the Diversity Mentorship Program and apply.

Become a mentor

The mentorship is open to a variety of practice settings, including academic, private practice, research, surgical dermatology, etc.

The Diversity Task Force will select a mentor they feel will work well with the medical student(s) chosen for the award cycle. The AAD provides a database of mentor profiles that assist the task force in the selection process. However, an applicant may select a mentor on the list for consideration, and they may be in contact with you before they submit their application. Applications are due by November 1.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor in the Diversity Mentorship Program, please complete your online mentor profile. As a reminder, your volunteer mentorship hours can be recorded within the Academy’s Volunteer Recognition Program.

Questions? Please contact Tina Matillano at (847) 240-1344 or email timatillano@aad.org.

*The Academy recognizes the following racial groups as underrepresented in the field of dermatology, as related to the U.S. population: African-American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.