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Skin of Color Society Leadership Statement on FINA’s Recent Ban on Swim Caps That Protect Naturally Tightly-Coiled Hair at Tokyo Olympics

July 22, 2021
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At a time when all corners of society need to be working wholeheartedly to remove racial bias, discrimination, and barriers for people of color, we are profoundly disappointed in the recent decision by FINA (Fédération Internationale De Natation—the international swimming federation) to disallow swim caps that accommodate naturally tightly-coiled hair from the Tokyo Olympics. This…


SOCS and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

June 30, 2021
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Since the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) was founded in 2004 by Dr. Susan Taylor, SOCS leaders and members have been working passionately toward advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within the field of dermatology and healthcare, in communities around the world, and society as a whole. This vitally important work lies at the heart…


2021-22 Skin of Color Society Committees and Task Forces: Meet the Leaders

June 21, 2021
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Since the Skin of Color Society was founded in 2004 by Dr. Susan C. Taylor, the organization has grown robustly over the years— from a dedicated small core group to now nearly 800 members representing 41 US states and 32 countries around the world, representing all ethnicities. With this growth and in response to the…


Skin of Color Society Mentorship Program Welcoming in a Vibrant Group of SOCS Mentors and Mentees for 2021

May 28, 2021
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Mentorship is a pillar of the Skin of Color Society. We pride our organization on its strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of skin of color dermatologists, providing a rich and rewarding experience for mentors and mentees alike. Over the years since the Society was founded in 2004, the SOCS Mentorship Program connects young…


Reducing Healthcare Disparities, Bridging Gaps of Knowledge and Improving Outcomes for Patients of Color through Project IMPACT

May 19, 2021
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  The Skin of Color Society is a proud collaborator on Project IMPACT, which VisualDx launched on February 24, 2021 at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Annual Education Conference. Designed to reduce disparities in medicine and highlight ways to bridge gaps of knowledge and improve healthcare outcomes for patients of color, Project IMPACT…


Enhanced Patient Education Resources on the SOCS Website

April 29, 2021
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We are pleased to offer a wide variety of patient educational resources on the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) website, now available in English and Spanish translations! Thanks to expert contributions from many SOCS members, the Patient Dermatology Education section of the site features informative articles to help patients of color better understand the following dermatologic…


Mentor Spotlight: Dr. Susan C. Taylor, Skin of Color Society Founder

April 13, 2021
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Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD, Founder of the Skin of Color Society (SOCS), is widely recognized as a trailblazer and inspirational role model in the field of skin of color dermatology. She has greatly influenced many physicians-in-training and young dermatologists, and has significantly impacted the careers and lives of many individuals throughout their journeys in…


In loving memory of SOCS Leader Marta I. Rendon, MD, FAAD

March 25, 2021
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With tremendous sadness, we are writing to let you know about the passing of our beloved friend, colleague and longtime Skin of Color Society leader, Marta I. Rendon, MD, FAAD, after a long and courageous battle against cancer.   Dr. Rendon was a founding member of SOCS and served our organization with boundless devotion as…


17th Annual Skin of Color Society
Virtual Scientific Symposium Recap

March 18, 2021
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Our recent 17th Annual Skin of Color Society Virtual Scientific Symposium was a tremendous success on many levels, with thanks and congratulations to many SOCS members and supporters for their contributions to help make this superb program possible. We begin our recap by heartily congratulating and thanking SOCS Scientific Committee co-chairs, Amy McMichael, MD, FAAD…


Commemorating Black History Month: Historymakers and Mentors in Skin of Color Dermatology

February 23, 2021
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This year’s Black History Month (BHM) focuses on family as its theme, exploring perspectives on Representation, Identity and Diversity, according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other individuals of African descent. We are touched that several…