Durham 2018 Networking Event

Durham, NC – October 12, 2018
Synopsis of meeting: 

The Skin of Color Society held a networking and educational event at the historic Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC.  The event provided members and other guests a chance to enjoy networking, education and a historical venue. The event was attended by established dermatologists as well as residents and a few faculty from the local universities. 

Participants began the meeting networking and enjoying the hors d’oeuvres. Drs. Lynn McKinley-Grant and Amy McMichael  welcomed everyone and shared their involvement with SOCS. Dr. Amy McMichael, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, presented Pipeline in Dermatology.  This was an interesting presentation which shared the historical trends of doctors of color and the need for a larger pipeline into dermatology specifically. The presentation also shared information about implicit bias in medical school admissions and provided possible solutions. She shared information on the process of getting into Dermatology programs. A summary of that information can be found in the Timeline for Application to Dermatology (PDF).  This was followed by a presentation from Dr. Tarannum Jaleel, from Duke School of Medicine, who spoke on Hidradenits Supprativa in Skin of Color: A Complex
Disease Requiring Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Treatment.  Dr. Jaleel spoke about the many physical and psycho-social issues that may co-present with this disease. Both presentations were received well by the group and followed up with several rounds of questions.  The evening ended with additional networking. 

This meeting was possible due to the generous support of        
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