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SOCS Mission: To promote awareness of and excellence within skin of color dermatology through research, education, mentorship and advocacy. We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of dermatology to advance patient care.
EDUCATION: We educate the public, partners and colleagues in support of our mission and noble purpose.
Here you find all of the various avenues in which SOCS educates both its members (physicians and industry) as well as the public.

SOCS Annual Scientific Symposium

The SOCS Scientific Symposium is an annual meeting where SOCS members, committees and industry come together to report on their activity over the past year. Learn about the latest new initiatives, research, and studies in the field of skin of color dermatology. 


SOCS President's Book Club

Introducing a new SOCS initiative: The President’s Book Club. This educational program seeks to enrich the education of dermatology trainees by facilitating free access to seminal scientific/medical literature recommended by the SOCS President. 

Each year, one book may be selected by the current SOCS president and will to be distributed to Dermatology Program Directors across the United States, and, subject to the availability of funds, Canada.


 SOCS Dermatology E-Learning + Equity Platform

The SOCS Dermatology E-Learning + Equity Platform (known as DEEP) is a learning management system (LMS) that enables users to learn straight from the experts at their own pace through dermatology educational webinars and practice management content. Through the LMS, SOCS members benefit from unlimited and free access to all educational content. Non-members may enter DEEP for a fee.

In the future, the platform will be used as a tool to curate learning for mentees as well.

DEEP is distinctive from other learning management systems in that our CME-based platform serves as a valuable benefit for your SOCS membership. DEEP is also more practice-focused, rather than textbook-based, and reflects what leading skin of color dermatologists are doing in their practices in treating their patients, so you can expect current and relevant content. With these exciting points of distinction, we believe that DEEP will be a nimble resource that will offer emerging and highly relevant expert content.

Educational Showcase

The SOCS Educational Showcase contains the most current and relevent, video content from some of SOCS best experts. Here you can learn about specific dermatologic conditions, as well as hear insights from dermatology experts on why skin of color dermatology is one of the most relevent fields in acheiving health equity. This showcase will changing from time to time so make sure to check in periodically for the latest and greatest in SOCS videos! 

Educational Library

Browse our dermatology education article and video library to learn more about skin diseases which impact patients with skin of color.

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of patient educational resources, 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 some of the most common dermatologic conditions.

My Best Winter Skin

October 24 is national My Best Winter Skin (MBWS) Day! This unique holiday marks the beginning of a season of giving, education and volunteerism for SOCS members. In the coming months at numerous events around the nation, SOCS members and advocates will distribute dermatologist-developed educational material and donated product samples to raise awareness about optimal winter skin care and generate donations to the SOCS Foundation. Donations will help support innovative research in skin of color dermatology.

  1. Moisturize daily. Pay attention to areas that are more prone to dryness because of exposure to the outside elements. Moisturize within 3-5 minutes of patting the skin dry after bathing or showering.
  2. Think thick. Heavier creams and ointments may be more effective than lotions in colder months.
  3. Be gentle. Avoid harsh cleansers that may strip the skin of its natural oils. Use suds-free and fragrance-free soaps.
  4. Go cool. Shower or bathe in lukewarm water for no more than 10 minutes at a time.
  5. Cover up. Wear gloves, mittens and scarves to protect your skin from the cold and the harsh effects of wind on the skin.
  6. Protect skin. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen even in the winter.
  7. Stay hydrated. It’s important all year long.