Maximizing your SOCS Membership

October 31, 2019
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Act now as deadlines for key programs are approaching!

Membership in the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) offers many important benefits through various programs that provide opportunities to grow in the field of skin of color dermatology—both professionally and personally. To get the most out of your membership in our unique organization, we encourage you to participate in one or more of these signature SOCS programs, as follows:

  • Attend/present at the 16th Annual SOCS Scientific Symposium—This important scientific program serves as an outstanding source of the latest research, insights and information about the specialty of skin of color dermatology.  For all members, at all stages of their careers, this always-fascinating program is NOT to be missed! For anyone who is interested in presenting their original research at the SOCS Scientific Symposium, which is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Denver, there is still time to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. The deadline for abstract submissions is November 30. To apply, visit:
  • Shape the future of the specialty; seek research funding—Thanks to a grant from Ortho Dermatologics, SOCS is able to offer a research grant award of up to $15,000 for original research into issues related to skin of color, where further clinical, translational, and basic research are needed. This grant is also intended to assist young dermatologists in furthering their academic career. The deadline to submit a research grant application is coming soon, so apply today:
  • Become a mentor or mentee—The SOCS Mentorship Program connects young dermatologists with approved SOCS mentors to create enriching learning opportunities, and mutually rewarding mentorship experiences. Mentees gain valuable insights and guidance from their mentors, and mentors report tremendous satisfaction from helping younger dermatologists grow in the field, while working together to advance skin of color dermatology. The application deadline for mentees is December 15, 2019. To apply as a mentee or mentor, visit:
  • Apply for an Observership Grant—Are you interested in observing a seasoned dermatologist/SOCS member in action? The SOCS Observership Program provides funding to dermatology residents or junior faculty to enable observational study with an approved SOCS expert. The grant provides up to $2,000 for travel, room and board as needed to facilitate the observership relationship. The deadline is fast approaching, so apply today:

In addition to these fantastic programs, SOCS offers many opportunities throughout the year to network with and learn from SOCS members and leaders in the field. Keep abreast of SOCS happenings by following us on social media.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the 16th Annual SOCS Scientific Symposium and other SOCS events!