The Skin of Color Society is a professional dermatologic organization established in 2004 by Susan C. Taylor, M.D. The society is dedicated to promoting awareness of and excellence within the special interest area of dermatology, skin of color. Individuals with skin of color are defined by the Society as those individuals of Asian, Hispanic/Latino, African, Native American, Pacific Island descent, and mixtures thereof .
The Mission of the Skin of Color Society is as Follows:
- To promote, support, and stimulate the development of information related to all aspects of skin of color within the specialty of dermatology and to make this information available to the general population.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of information pertaining to skin of color.
- To promote the education of physicians, residents and non-physician scientists, media, government, and third parties, i. e. managed care, insurance organizations, and other entities, about 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 centers.
- To promote the scientific study of skin of color, including basic science, clinical, surgical and cosmetic research.
- To promote an increase in the body of dermatological literature related to skin of color.
- To provide collaborative opportunities for established society members and mentoring opportunities for younger members and individuals interested in the field of skin of color.
It is through these efforts that individuals with skin of color will be best served by those within the field of dermatology.
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