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Committee Interest Form

Committee Interest applications are due by October 31st. Committee assignments are then made by the incoming President in January, before the term starts at the WDS Annual Meeting in spring. After that time, all committee interest submissions will be saved for the next term year. Interested volunteers will also be notified should a position open during the year.

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Committees of Interest

Awards Council

The Annual Awards Committee aims to recognize WDS members for their achievements and contributions to dermatology by selecting the recipients of the WDS Annual Awards and providing nominations for honorary awards presented by other dermatology societies.

This Committee meets twice a year, once in April and once in November/December to select the nominees. The time commitment for this committee is approximately 1 hour a month.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

Communications Council

The Editorial Committee will oversee the production of the Women’s Dermatologic Society’s newsletter and website, which aim to support the organization by keeping members informed of WDS activities, highlighting member accomplishments, and aiding member retention and engagement through promotion of networking, mentorship, leadership and work-life balance.

The Editorial Committee works mostly via email to create editorials for the monthly newsletters. Each member is expected to spend approximately 2 hours a month on Committee work.

**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Media Relations Committee will oversee all communications between WDS and Media.

This Committee meets as necessary depending on the work at hand, approximately three times a year when planning a Media Day event, and once a year when not planning the event. In general an hour a month is expected from each committee member.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Social Media Committee holds responsibility for the content of the WDS social media platforms; including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The WDS social media platforms help the community keep up to date on the events and opportunities the WDS is delivering, make members feel engaged in the WDS, address top issues for its membership, as well as, inform the community about events, functions and accomplishments of its membership.

This Committee does most work via email. Committee members are expected to put in approximately 5 hours a month for Committee work.

**Corporate members not allowed to serve

Events Council

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for overseeing the Societies fundraising activities between August and February. This Committee meets monthly during this time to evaluate activities. Committee Members are expected to reach out to Industry to help the Society form relationships.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Purpose of the Program Committee is to determine speakers, content, and other programming details throughout the year at the various WDS Events. These events include the IVWG, WDS Forum, Annual Meeting, SID Breakfast, ASDS Breakfast, and ACMS Breakfast. Each of these events has their own committee who is expected to be on calls 6 months prior to the event to help plan the programming. Committee appointments for this Committee are only 1 year terms.

**Corporate Members only allowed on IVWG Programming Committee

Finance Council

The Finance Committee provides guidance to the Board of Directors for all financial activities. This Committee meets twice a year for review of materials.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Investment Committee provides guidance to the Board of Directors for all Investment activities. This Committee meets twice a year for review of materials.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

Governance Council

The Audit Committee reviews the annual audit of the Society. This Committee meets once a year once the Audit is completed.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Bylaws Committee is responsible for reviewing the bylaws and any changes brought forth by the Committee. This Committee meets as necessary, anywhere from 1 to 3 times per year.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Ethics Committee reviews any issues of concern delegated to the Committee by the Board of Directors. This Committee meets as necessary, anywhere from 1 to 3 times per year.

**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Organizational Structure Committee is responsible for reviewing, on an annual basis, the composition, engagement, and effectiveness of each Council & Committee in order to best support and facilitate the overall mission of the society. The Committee will recommend, as needed, amendments to the current Council/Committee Structure to the Board of Directors.

This Committee meets quarterly to address the Society’s needs. It is expected that members put in 1-3 hours per month on this Committee.

**Corporate members not allowed to serve

Leadership Development/Mentorship Council

The Mentorship Committee promotes the concept of mentorship within the WDS by facilitating the establishment of long-term relationships between mentors and mentees; and promoting projects with a clearly discernable plan to help with career development. The committee provides opportunities for young physicians to establish these relationships through various mentorship programs, and recognizes WDS members who have been exceptional mentors through the Mentor of the Year Award.

This Committee reviews the Proctor & Gamble award in March-April, and meets in April to select awardees, then reviews the Mentorship award in May-June and meets in June to select the awardees, and finally reviews the L’Oreal Day of Discovery in August and meets in September to select awardees. The review process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour per each application.

*Residents not recommended
**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The Practice Advisory Committee supports WDS members at any stage of their career looking to manage or start their own practice by offering resources on navigating the practice environment.

This Committee meets 3 times a year to brainstorm ideas and to put out monthly pearls. It is expected that each member puts in approximately 3 hours a month on committee work.

*Residents not recommended

Legacy Council

The mission of the Legacy Council is to build and sustain an endowment, known as the Legacy Fund, to ensure the long-term financial stability of the WDS.

This Committee meets monthly to address all needs of the committee. Approximately 2-5 hours per month is expected form each committee member.

*Residents not recommended

Memberhsip Council

The Membership committee is responsible for the review and evaluation of all properly filed applications for membership to the Society, as well as, to report the results of this review to the Board of Directors for their approval. The WDS Membership Committee focuses on stimulating membership growth overall.

This Committee meets 4 times a year. Additional review of incoming members is required every other month. It is expected for each Committee Member to spend 2-3 hours per month on Committee work.

**Corporate members not allowed to serve

The International Sections Committee holds responsibility to increase our understanding and appreciation of the role of women and men dermatologists in all countries and to foster networking and an exchange of ideas amongst dermatologists at an international level.

This Committee meets once in person at the AAD meeting in March. Additional work is carried out via email to select the International Travel Awardees each year. This award process takes place in August and can take up to 10 hours to complete.

The Resident, Fellows, and Young Physicians Committee represents the interests of young physician members of the Women’s Dermatologic Society through increasing membership and retention of young members, while also providing relevant resources; including career guidance, mentorship, and networking.

This Committee meets regularly throughout the year to address the needs of the Committees. Additional sub-Committees are usually created for each project the Committee sets out to complete. It is expected that each member puts in approximately 3-5 hours a month on Committee Work.

Service & Regional Networking Council

The Service Committee supports members in their service and outreach efforts by providing resources and materials for events. The committee plans and implements new service programs and initiatives.

This Committee meets 3 times year to select the Play Safe in the Sun events, and to work on expanding the service programs. Additionally, members are expected to host their own Coast-2-Coast or TIPP events during the year. Approximately 1-2 hours is expected a month for Committee work.

The Regional Groups Committee provides the necessary tools to encourage networking, promote mentorship, create new opportunities for volunteerism, and engage with current and prospective members on a local and regional level.

This Committee meets 1-2 times a year as necessary to produce the regional series events. Additionally, members may be asked to host an event in their city. Approximately 1-2 hours is expected a month for Committee work.

**Corporate members not allowed to serve

Additional Comments

You must acknowledge the requirements of each committee and would like to be considered for committee appointment
You must that in order to serve and continue to serve on a committee, members must be in good standing with dues fully paid, and that if I miss more than 3 meetings per year of service without prior approval I may be asked to step down from the committee.