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 — belonging to one or more groups considered to be underrepresented in biomedical research —  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 

2024 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 dfrap@dermatologyfoundation.org 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.

View opportunity List


What is the Diversity Research Supplement Award? 

The Diversity Research Supplement Award provides $5,000 for direct expenses associated with the participation of an eligible 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 current career development awardee OR is the recipient of a year 1 career development award that was awarded from 2013 to 2022,
• 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 belonging to one or more groups considered to be underrepresented in biomedical research including, but not limited to:

    • • Specific racial or ethnic minority groups
    • • Sexual or gender minority groups
    • • Other disadvantaged group

Please see our DRSA Applicant Instructions below for detailed information regarding the definition of underrepresented groups and medical student eligibility.

• 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 project mentor should apply for a Diversity Research Supplement Award and is responsible for recruiting an eligible medical student. The Applicant Instructions will help guide the process. Applications are now accepted twice a year – May 1 and November 1.  All applications must be submitted via the DF’s DRSA application portal. Updated application instructions will be provided in the weeks ahead.

Application Accepted: September 1 - November 1, 2023 

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
Sodium Consumption, Atopic Dermatitis, and Cardiovascular Disease

Zelma C. Chiesa-Fuxench, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Epidemiology, Immunology and Clinical Presentation of Adults with Atopic Dermatitis

Galen T. Foulke, M.D.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Med Center
Closing Practice Gaps in Dermatomyositis

Esther E. Freeman, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dermatological Reactions to SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination

Benjamin H. Kaffenberger, M.D.
Ohio State University Medical Center
An Analysis of Malignant Pathology Initially Managed through Store-and-forward Teledermatology

Benjamin H. Kaffenberger, M.D.
Ohio State University Medical Center
Evaluating the Impact and Outcomes of Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis

Indermeet Kohli, Ph.D.
Henry Ford Medical Center
Optimizing Phototesting and Investigating Photobiology of Visible Light

Shawn G. Kwatra, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Fibroblast Heterogeneity in Racial Endotypes of Prurigo Nodularis

Aaron Mangold, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome in Underrepresented Minorities: A Matched Case-Control Study

Lauren Orenstein, M.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
Multimedia Patient Education for the Procedural Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
Examining Gene Expression in Mycosis Fungoides Samples from Skin of Color Patients

Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
Identifying Potential FDA-approved Therapies that Could be Repurposed for the Treatment of Morphea

Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
Examining T cell Skewing as Pertinent to Drug-induced Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

Howa Yeung, M.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
Facilitating Dermatologic Research Participation in Transgender Persons


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.