Mentorship Opportunities

Mentorship, Fellowship, and Other Opportunities Offered by Project IMPACT Collaborators

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AAD Diversity Mentorship Program

Application Deadline: November 1

A lack of diversity in race and ethnicity exists within the dermatology specialty. This affects racial/ethnic minority patients because they may seek medical care less frequently or when it is too late.

The Diversity Mentorship Program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student’s choice.

Who is eligible?

First- through fourth-year medical students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine may apply to participate in the American Academy of Dermatology’s Mentorship Program. However, we highly encourage medical students to apply in their third or early fourth year of medical school when they have already decided on dermatology as a career and can use the month-long mentorship experience to work on publications and clinic work to receive an advantageous letter of recommendation from their mentor.

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SOCS Mentorship Program

Application Available: September 1
Application Deadline: December 15

The Skin of Color Society (SOCS) mentorship program is a comprehensive program that connects young physicians with an approved skin of color expert from SOCS. Mentoring will be provided for up to one year.

Who is eligible?

  • Participants must be existing members of SOCS


  • Dermatology residents, fellows/young dermatologists who completed residency no more than 3 years ago
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The SOCS Observership Grant

Application Available: September, 1
Application Deadline: November 1

Up to $2,000 grants to be awarded to dermatology residents or junior faculty to enable study with a SOCS mentor. It is required that both the mentor and the applicant must be members of SOCS.

Grants are intended for travel, room and board as needed to establish and facilitate the mentoring relationship. In light of COVID-19-related concerns, if an in-person mentorship is not possible during this period, funds will be held until in-person engagement will be feasible or an updated detailed budget and justification for the revised expenses can be submitted.


  • To enable young physicians and scientists to acquire additional academic or research skills that will further their careers as leaders in skin of color dermatology.
  • The grant is to sponsor a 1-4 week rotation
  • Observership is to be completed sometime during March of the year the grant is received through the February of the next year.
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