About SOCS

Our Committees

Bylaws Committee:
Purpose:

  • Maintain the Society’s bylaws, which is the set of rules that guide its operations and activities.

Development Committee:
Purpose:

  • To develop the resources of the Society.

Membership Committee:
Purpose:

  • Responsible for encouraging international membership through national groups and international mentoring programs.

Mentorship Committee:
Purpose:

  • Comprehensive program that connects young physicians with an approved expert from SOCS.
  • Professional development meetings (in-person or virtual) 3 to 4 times per year to discuss goal-setting, practical ways to increase knowledge in skin of color and more.

National and International Committee:
Purpose:

  • To provide a liaison between International (African, Asian, Caribbean, South, Central and Latin America) and national organizations interested in skin of color (NMA and others).
  • To support attendance at international meetings.

Nominating Committee:
Purpose:

  • To determine candidates for board positions.

Patient Education Committee:
Purpose:

  • To provide educational materials for individuals with skin of color.

Research Committee:
Purpose:

  • To advance scientific study and promote investigative research of skin
    of color in the basic sciences, as well as in the clinical, surgical and cosmetic areas.
  • To compile a database of Society members interested in conducting research.
  • To form liaisons with industry to promote research on issues related
    to skin of color.

Scientific Committee:
Purpose:

  • To organize and execute an annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Session prior to the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting.
  • To compile a database of Society members interested in conducting research.
  • To promote the education of physicians, residents, and non-physician scientists in the unique properties, reaction patterns, and diseases that occur in individuals with skin of color, by encouraging courses in skin of color and other related topics at scientific meetings and dermatology training programs.
  • To inform Society members of meetings with subjects pertaining to skin of color
  • To promote the exchange of information and ideas concerning skin of color.

Technology and Media Committee:
Purpose:

  • To develop and maintain a robust and comprehensive website.
  • To develop and disseminate a newsletter for members.
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Skin of color patients comprise the majority in California, New Mexico and Texas…and soon will be the majority in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New York and Florida.

By 2050, more than 50% of the US population will have skin of color.