Enhancing Diversity in Dermatology
Recognizing the need for the field of dermatology to better reflect all of the communities it serves, the Dermatology Foundation created an introduction to the specialty for students identified as belonging to an underrepresented minority (URM) group. The Diversity Research Supplement Awards (DRSA) enable past DF awardees to support the participation of medical students in the completion of a research project. Participants report the impact of this exposure and investment is highly encouraging, and the majority have subsequently matched for a dermatology residency.
Diversity by the Numbers | Since 2018 ...
awarded by the DF in financial support
medical students have gained research experience
of medical students have gone on to a dermatology residency
of our mentor / recipients are repeat participants
Apply for a Diversity Research Supplement Award
Former DF award recipients can apply for this award, along with an eligible medical student recruited from their institution or another accredited U.S. medical school. The Diversity Research Supplement Award provides $5,000 to support the participation of a student identified as belonging to an underrepresented minority (URM) group. Expenses may include, but are not limited to, travel, lodging and a salary stipend for the student. Award funds may not be used for indirect expenses and are payable to the applicant’s institution.
Award payments will be made in two installments:
- An initial payment of $4,000 is made to the recipient’s institution at the start of the award period.
- The remaining $1,000 is payable upon receipt of the medical student’s summary of their research experience, following the end of the award period, and the institution’s financial reconciliation.
“Increasing the diversity of resident trainees is the only way to improve the diversity gap within the dermatology workforce.”
— Disparities in Academic Dermatology
Lester J, Wintroub B, Linos E JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Aug 1; 152(8):878-9.