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Membership FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE WDS?
The Women's Dermatologic Society supports the careers and professional development of dermatologists.

HOW DOES THE WDS SUPPORT THE CAREERS OF DERMATOLOGISTS?
It does this is many ways, but mostly by creating a place for dermatologists to find the support of others who do what they do. This is an organization that provides funding to bring younger dermatologists together with leaders in the field, who are willing to mentor them. It is also an organization that reaches 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 luncheons and receptions at the annual meetings for the AAD, ASDS, ACMS, SID, ASDP, and more. These events, with both formal and informal programming, allow you to network and receive advice regarding career, volunteering, life to name a few! WDS also supports early research through research grant programs and there are both formal and informal mentor-mentee programs. Finally, WDS has regional groups, which organize skin cancer screenings, education programs and other volunteer outreach opportunities. 

WHAT ABOUT PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES?
The International Journal of Women's Dermatology focuses on women's health research, reviews and clinical pearls and publishes articles pertaining to dermatologic medical, surgical and cosmetic issues faced by female patients and their children. The WDS also publishes a Monthly News Brief, which features current, timely, and relevant information all things WDS. In the News Brief 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?
Two examples: The WDS recognized that among women athletes, women golfers have the highest incidence of skin cancer. The WDS reached out to the LPGA to do free skin cancer screenings at tournaments around the country. These events draw media attention and further spread the message of the importance of diagnosis and treatment. In addition, WDS has initiated a nationwide community service program focused on raising awareness about good skin health practices and skin/sun safety.

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. The 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.

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