Granting a future: Women's derm society awards reach high mark in 2008

February 1, 2009

San Francisco - The Women's Dermatologic Society (WDS), now the third largest organized association of dermatologists in the United States, reached a milestone in 2008, awarding the highest number of grants since its founding in 1973, the society reports.

Key Points

Eighty-five dermatologists and medical students were awarded grants totaling $252,610 for a variety of activities, including mentorship, medical student awareness, academic research, women's health research, professional travel and career development.

"Mentoring, supporting our members' professional development, and advancing needed research in dermatology represent core values of the WDS," said WDS President Suzanne M. Connolly, M.D., in a prepared statement.

WDS grant awards programs help fulfill the mission of the organization, which is dedicated to helping women in dermatology achieve their greatest personal and professional potential.

The society strives to foster, promote and support women's issues in dermatology; identify, train, and recognize women leaders in dermatology; provide a forum for developing relationships and the exchange of ideas and research relevant to women's issues; and promote the highest possible standards of ethics, research, patient care and education, as well as public education, according to a WDS statement.

Men, who constitute approximately 8 percent of the membership, have also participated in these programs.

Funding for various WDS grant awards programs is made possible by support from the following sponsors: Dermik Laboratories (Dermatology Resident Mentorship Grants); Galderma (Career Development Grant Awards); Mary Kay (Medical International Travel Grant Awards); OrthoNeutrogena (Academic Research Grants and Retreat Scholarships); Stiefel (Medical Student Awareness Grants and Retreat Scholarships) and Unilever (Women's Health Research Career Development Grants).