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Networking: Meeting new people and networking is important in academia, private practice, industry, and other areas of dermatology. Throughout the year, networking receptions, retreats, and luncheons give members the chance to meet others in the field of dermatology and experience their knowledge about employment opportunities, practice management and career development.
Leadership: The WDS provides an excellent training ground for leaders in organized medicine through mentorship opportunities, as well as committee involvement. The Society encourages dedicated individuals to participate on and chair committees and task forces. They are a great way to get involved, share your expertise, collaborate with others and contribute to the growth of the Society.
Education: Look to WDS for forums, webinars, retreats and other opportunities to expand your knowledge.
Annual Awards and Grant Programs: We offer several different awards, for every stage in your career, to encourage and support research, mentorship, leadership, and philanthropy. They make it possible for members to enhance their contribution to dermatology/medicine, establish mentoring relationships, strengthen leadership skills, engage in community service/career development projects, further academic pursuits in basic science or clinical research, and travel from abroad to attend the WDS/AAD annual meetings. Between managing your career, family, friends, and everything in between, you deserve a moment of recognition.
Newsletter Access: Your go-to source for news and information on topics of interest to dermatologists and working women, along with highlights of WDS activities, events and volunteer opportunities.
Practice Enhancement Receptions: The WDS hosts Practice Enhancement Receptions in conjunction with meetings that many members attend, such as the AAD Annual Meeting. These events afford the opportunity to socialize and to view the office layout and equipment of a successful practice and a chance to talk with the practitioner and staff about day-to-day office activities. Attendees meet many WDS members in all stages of their career.
Complimentary Membership to Residents/Fellows: No dues are assessed for resident/fellow members of the WDS. In addition, membership dues are discounted by 50% the first year following residency/fellowship.
Member Directory: Develop your professional network with access to our membership database, and have your information included if you choose to do so.
Mentor Program: Join the Mentor Program as a Mentee or a Mentor. Gain and share knowledge with fellow WDS Members.
Annual Meeting Luncheon at the AAD: A discount is given to members who attend the Women’s Dermatologic Society Annual Meeting Luncheon, a popular event held during the Annual AAD Meeting. At the luncheon, the Society recognizes leaders who have promoted the role of women in dermatology. This event offers an excellent opportunity to network and learn more about the world of dermatology.
Volunteering & Community Involvement: Do you want to become more involved in your community? We are making a difference through a number of outreach programs and grassroots campaigns in communities where members work and live. We have created several different programs that offer skin cancer prevention outreach and sun safety education to communities and schools around the United States. Members are encouraged and equipped to create their own educational outreach events in their offices and communities throughout the year.