Enhancing Diversity in Dermatology

The Dermatology Foundation is pleased to once again offer an award developed to enhance diversity in the field of dermatology and the specialty’s academic workforce — the Diversity Research Supplement Award (DRSA). The DRSA is available to recent recipients of DF awards to supplement their current efforts on existing research projects. Each award is to be used to support the in-depth participation of a medical student — identified as belonging to an underrepresented minority (URM) group —  in the completion of a defined full-time research plan. The medical student’s participation may span 6 to 12 weeks.

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Interested Medical Students Can Take the First Step 

Opportunity List Now Available

The DRSA supports a partnership between a former DF award recipient and an eligible medical student. Medical students can take the first step by contacting an investigator on the Opportunity List.

The individuals on the Opportunity List are former DF award recipients and current dermatology faculty members who have provided a 6-12-week research opportunity.

Medical students may contact the Research Award Program for the email addresses for these individuals. Please note, eligible former DF awardees may apply for the DRSA regardless of whether they provided a project for this list.

What is the Diversity Research Supplement Award? 

The Diversity Research Supplement Award provides $5,000 for direct expenses associated with the participation of a URM medical student in a research project. 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.

Am I eligible?

If you meet all of the requirements below, you may be eligible to apply for the DRSA.

a. The Diversity Research Supplement Award is available to a current or former DF career development awardee who meets the following two requirements:

• Is a recipient of a year 1 career development award that was awarded from 2012 to 2021,
• Is a faculty member in a department of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for residency training.

b. Applicants are responsible for recruiting an interested medical student who meets all the following eligibility requirements:

• Is a full-time student identified as belonging to an underrepresented minority group, as defined by the NIH

The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

• Is pursuing an MD or DO degree at an accredited U.S. medical/osteopathic school.
• Is in good standing at their academic institution.
• Will be able to complete the research plan PRIOR to graduation.

How do I apply for a Diversity Research Supplement Award?

The Application Instructions provide essential information potential applicants and medical student participants need to know to develop a successful application.

Application deadlines: April 1, 2022 or October 1, 2022

Dermatology can be the specialty leading the way towards increasing diversity in the physician workforce. The impact of our award can play an important part in affecting the future of medicine, and patients." 

John E. Bournas

Executive Director, Dermatology Foundation

Award Recipients | Diversity Research Supplement Award

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D. 
University of California, San Francisco 
Skin Barrier Function and Post-arthroplasty Infection Rates in Older Adults 

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D. 
University of California, San Francisco 
Atopic Dermatitis in Childhood and Risk of Early Cardiovascular Disease 

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D. 
University of California, San Francisco 
DNA Methylation Age Acceleration and Atopic Dermatitis Disease Course 

Zelma C. Chiesa-Fuxench, M.D. 
University of Pennsylvania 
Risk of Infection in Adult Patients with Atopic Dermatitis Exposed to Janus Kinase Inhibitors (JAKi) 

Masaoki Kawasumi, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Washington 
Targeting Epigenetic Abnormalities to Inhibit Skin Cancer 

Megan H. Noe, M.D., M.P.H. 
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Vaccination Behaviors in Adults with Chronic Inflammatory Skin Diseases 

Bethany E. Perez-White, Ph.D. 
Northwestern University 
Reversal of Tight Junction Dysfunction in Atopic Dermatitis by Engaging EPHA2 Signaling 

Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D. 
University of Massachusetts 
Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma and Canine Epitheliotropic Lymphoma: A Comparative Analysis 

Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Pennsylvania 
Evaluating Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Quality-of-Life Impact of Acne 

Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Pennsylvania 
Understanding Health Care Seeking Behaviors for Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis 

Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of California, San Francisco 
The Role of NF1 and SPRED1 in KIT Mutant Melanoma 


Should you have any questions regarding the Diversity Research Supplement Award, please contact the Dermatology Foundation staff at dfrap@dermatologyfoundation.org or 847-328-2256.