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2020 Reflections

A Record-Setting Year of Diversity in Action
for the Skin of Color Society

Including SOCS activities since the Diversity Champion Workshop

  • Co-hosted by The American Academy of Dermatology, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society, SOCS leaders joined other dermatology faculty champions to discuss dermatology diversity outreach programs and initiatives, exchanged ideas, and shared success stories. (September 11, 2019)
  • IMCAS Academy Webinar of the Month, “Melasma—Change the Skin Color of your Patients” featuring SOCS experts (September 25, 2019)
  • Valerie Harvey hosted a SOCS Networking & Educational Symposium in conjunction with the Virginia Dermatological Society’s CME meeting. (October 2019)
  • SOCS collaboration with Medscape on first CME/CE program about managing rosacea in SOC (November 2019)
  • SOCS welcomed over 352 new members into SOCS, including: 26 Associates; 57 Fellows; 79 Residents; 175 Students and 15 Research Fellows.
  • Media Day 2020 brought together 10 SOCS experts with a record-high number of journalists and content creators at Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali’s NYC offices in Feburary 2020. Photography by Swapnil Junjare
    (February 2020)
  • SOCS congratulates the four SOCS members who were installed on the AAD Board of Directors in March. Congratuations to the following SOCS members: Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD, who will serve a 1-year term as AAD Vice President, and Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA, FAAD, Cheryl M. Burgess, MD, FAAD, and Amy McMichael, MD, FAAD who will serve 4-year terms as directors. (March 2020)
  • 8 Observership Grants were announced to dermatologists in training thanks in part to support from SkinMedica (March 2020)
  • Thanks to the support of Pfizer and OrthoDerm SOCS awarded two $15,000 Research Grants (March 2020)
  • Sparked by current events, SOCS contributed to a record number of news articles about healthcare disparities and racial bias in medicine affecting patients of color, appearing in major news media outlets. Media inquiries overall from journalists and content creators on topics related to diversity in dermatology, healthcare disparities and dermatologic issues affecting people of color soared 400% in 2020, continuing to this day at this same pace.
  • SOCS introduced the Dermatology Diversity Town Hall Series with two well-attended programs: “Diversity, Disparities, Dialogue and Dermatology” (400 SOCS members, industry partners, and non-members registering from all over the USA and the world) and “Addressing Disparities Impacting URM Medical Students During COVID-19” (450+ medical student registrants) (Summer 2020)
  • The 16th Annual SOCS Virtual Scientific Symposium brought together a record-setting 527 participants (Summer 2020)
  • Scientific Symposium poster winners were individually featured in a CUTIS podcast.
  • SOCS’ social media footprint, which primarily aims to champion diversity in dermatology with its content strategy, has quadrupled in audience size since the Diversity Champion Workshop with a dramatic increase in engagement, particularly on Instagram.
  • We were honored to collaborate with VisualDx and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM Group) on a groundbreaking four-part virtual series that was very well-received by more than 18,000 registered participants from around the world. Titled, “The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research,” this dynamic series featured several SOCS experts addressing a wide variety of pertinent topics of great interest to the medical community. Live participants asked a total of 632 questions during these four sessions. Recordings were made available to all participants and those who registered but were unable to join in live. These recordings, along with information about the sessions, can be accessed here.
    We look forward to continued collaboration with VisualDx and NEJM Group in 2021 and will share more information about new initiatives in the new year.
  • The Pfizer sponsored Networking and Educational Symposia for Physicians and Residents continued virtually in Fall 2020 with three well-attended events: Online Reputation Management, Review Culture and Handling Trolls and Bullies (hosted by Dr. Corey Hartman, September), The Role of Mid-level Providers in Dermatology (hosted by Dr. Cheri Frey, October), and the Influence of Social Media on Dermatology (hosted by Dr. Hope Mitchell, November). Live participants engaged in lively discussions with the expert moderator. The sessions were recorded and are available on demand in our YouTube channel. The collaboration with Pfizer will continue into 2021 with more exciting topics to explore together.
  • We curated a COVID-19 Resource section on the SOCS website for Physicians, Students, and the General Public.
  • We continue to develop and enhance our Patient Education resources by increasing their accessibility with a QR code and print-friendly features on the website.
  • The SOCS Sustaining Member Program grew by 15 additional members in 2020 with a total of 79 individual member donors. Thank you to all of our supporters! 
  • SOCS introduced our new Associate Executive Director, Veronica Purvis, MS, CAE who will take on this role full-time on January 4, 2021.
  • Contracted with Tecker International LLC to help SOCS prepare for its future by thinking and planning strategically and crafting its 5-year Strategic Plan.
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