Mentorship Programs

SOCS Mentorship Program

The SOCS Mentorship Program is a comprehensive program that connects young physicians and medical students with an approved skin of color expert from SOCS. The Mentorship Program is now open to medical students. Residents can serve as both a mentor (to medical students) AND as a mentee (matched with a practicing dermatologist).

 SOCS Mentorship Program (Criteria And Application)

Applications Available: August 1
Application Deadline:
 December 1
Recipients Notified: Q1 2023
Applications will open Monday, August 1, 2022.

Interested in Becoming a SOCS Mentor?
SOCS Fellow and Resident members may serve as a SOCS mentor through the Mentorship Program.

Learn more about the SOCS Mentorship Program through the experiences of our past mentees.


SOCS Observership Grant Award

Up to $2,000 grants to be awarded to dermatology residents, medical students (2nd-4th year), 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. The SOCS Observership Grant is 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.

SOCS Observership Grant (Criteria and Application)

Applications Available: August 1
Application Deadline:
December 1
Recipient Notified: Q1 2023
Applications will open Monday, August 1, 2022 via AwardForce.

Interested in Becoming a SOCS Mentor?
SOCS Fellow members may serve as a mentor through the Observership Grant. 

Learn more about the SOCS Mentorship Program through the experiences of our past mentees.


Mentor-Mentee Benefits

  • Build positive working relationships
  • Acquire and share new knowledge and skills in skin of color
  • Collaborate in research opportunities in skin of color
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with other skin of color experts

Please review the eligibility criteria before submitting your applications.

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