Observership Grant

SOCS Observership Grant

Up to $2,000 grants to be awarded to dermatology residents or junior faculty to enable study with a SOCS mentor. It is required that both the mentor and the applicant be members or pending members of SOCS.

Grants are 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.

PURPOSE

  • To enable young physicians and scientists to acquire additional academic or research skills that will further their careers as leaders in skin of color dermatology
  • The grant is to sponsor a 1-4 week rotation
  • Observership is to be completed sometime during March of the year the grant is received through the February of the next year

Application Timeline:

Application Available: August 1
Application Deadline: December 1
Application will close December 1, 2021 at 11:59pm CST.


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

  • Member or pending-member of the Skin of Color Society. Not a member? Apply today!
  • Dermatology residents
  • Dermatology fellows
  • Young dermatologists fewer than 4 years since completing residency
  • Medical students (2nd, 3rd and 4th year)
  • NOTE: Applicants must disclose if already participating in a paid fellowship at specified location. Failure to disclosure may impact application acceptance. Student must prove that they will be engaging in a rotation “unique” to their already established research year. These will reviewed by the Mentorship Committee on a case-by-case basis.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Budget outlining travel, lodging, food, and other expenses to be incurred (up to a maximum of $2000)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • A letter from the proposed mentor to include a statement of willingness to provide the time necessary for this mentorship, any significant and pertinent details of the planned mentorship, and a specific mention of whether the time frame and budget are appropriate for the proposed mentorship. Mentor must be a member of SOCS.
    • A letter from the residency program director, department chair or a faculty member attesting to the applicant’s character and potential to benefit from the mentorship.
  • Disclosure if currently participating in research year or fellowship at the specified observership location. Failure to disclosure may impact application acceptance.

Accepted applications:

  • Confirmation, including rotation dates, from both the student and the mentor is required for the disbursement of funds.

OBSERVERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • 6-month update to SOCS on status of observership upon request.
  • Completion of short survey (post-observership).
  • A one-page written report by the applicant summarizing the experience and what was learned is required after the mentorship has been completed, along with a photograph of the mentee and mentor together, for possible publication on the SOCS website, annual meeting report, and social media.

This program has been supported in the recent past by the SOCS Diversity Movement Fund including donations from: Urban Skin Rx, EltaMD, SENTÉ, SkinMedica, and the many
SOCS members who have made voluntary contributions. Thank you!


 

 

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