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Membership FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS WDS?
The Women's Dermatologic Society is dedicated to helping dermatologists fulfill their greatest potential and assisting them in making a contribution to our specialty and society. To achieve this goal, the Society relies on the active participation of its members, who represent a diverse cross-section of professional sub-specialties.

HOW DOES THE WDS SUPPORT THE CAREERS OF DERMATOLOGISTS?
We create a place for dermatologists to find the support of others in their field.  WDS provides funding to bring younger dermatologists together with leaders in the field, who are willing to mentor them. We also reach out to the community to raise awareness of the needs for diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF BEING A WDS MEMBER?
WDS provides many ways to both support your career and be more involved in your community. WDS tries to always have a presence at major national (and some international) dermatologic meetings. For example, there are WDS Networking Events at the annual meetings for the AAD, ASDS, ACMS, SID, CDA, EADV, and more. These events, with both formal and informal programming, allow you to network and receive advice regarding career, volunteering, and work-life balance to name a few! WDS also supports formal and informal mentor-mentee programs. Finally, WDS has regional groups and service groups, which organize skin cancer screenings, education programs and other volunteer outreach opportunities. 

WHAT ABOUT PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES?
The International Journal of Women's Dermatology (IJWD) is a reference journal designed to meet the continuing education needs of WDS members and the entire dermatologic community by publishing articles pertaining to dermatologic medical, surgical and cosmetic issues faced by female patients and their families. The journal offers the opportunity to gain editorial, publishing, review experience. IJWD subsections editors look forward to receiving articles on topics including:

  • Women’s Health
  • Oncology, Surgery and Aesthetics
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Medical Dermatology
  • Society

WDS also publishes a Monthly Newsletter which features current, timely, and relevant information all things WDS. In the Newsletter, you will find all upcoming events and registration information, available award programs and application links, WDS Member’s in the Spotlight, new and changing WDS information that only Members have access to, and much more!

HOW DOES WDS REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY?
WDS recognizes the importance educating the public on skin cancer prevention techniques. In 2004 the Play Safe in the Sun program was launched, bringing board certified dermatologist to the public at events around the country... These events draw media attention and further spread the message of the importance of diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. In addition, WDS has initiated a nationwide community service program focused on raising awareness about good skin health practices and skin/sun safety. In 2018 the Transforming Interconnecting Project Program (TIPP) was launched to educate women in domestic violence shelters on skincare, nutrition, and self-care, providing them with sample products to help them feel more like themselves every day.

WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR A "WOMEN'S" DERMATOLOGIC SOCIETY?
Women in this profession have the need to learn from one another about different topics, such as balancing family and career. Due to raising families, women are more likely to move in and out of the workforce, thus the need for a strong support network is critical to their ability to advance their career at many different stages. WDS supports the unique needs of women in this profession and propels them into leadership roles that might not otherwise open up to them.

HOW DO I FIND SPONSORS IF I DON'T KNOW ANY ACTIVE MEMBERS?
If you need sponsors for your application please email us at wds@womensderm.org with your name, location, email, website (if applicable), and very brief bio. Our membership committee will then find an active member to connect you with for your application.

HOW OFTEN ARE APPLICANTS APPROVED?
Applicant members are first approved by the Membership Committee and then by the Board of Directors during their call every other month. All applicants are considered members during the process and are able to apply for awards and register for events during this time.

DOES WDS OFFER MEMBERSHIP FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS OR PA'S?
Unfortunately, at this time WDS only offers memberships for Dermatologists, residents, and fellows. Many of our events are open to the public, and we encourage you to attend as non-members.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
We are happy to help. Contact WDS by calling 877-WDS-ROSE or email us any time at wds@womensderm.org