Setting up a Dermatology Society at your Medical School
Skin problems are very common making up a large proportion of GP consultations and outpatient work as well as having a significant impact on physical and psycho-social well-being. As a medical student, it is important to improve our knowledge of dermatological disease in order to manage these patients effectively.
What are the aims of a Dermatology Society?
Having a Dermatology Society at your medical school can help to:
Promote awareness of the importance of dermatology in the medical curriculum thereby increasing exposure during training
Allow those with a keen interest in dermatology to build contacts and learn more about a career in the field
Raise public awareness of preventable disease such as melanoma
What can the society do?
To help you learn dermatology in an enjoyable way, here are a few examples of what the society can organise:
Lectures on common topics in dermatology
Case presentations and Journal Club – you could organise this with the help of a registrar or consultant of a hospital in your region
Presentations of elective experiences
Fundraising – such as sponsored walks or runs, or cake sales
How to set up one?
The easiest way to go about this is to set up the society under your medical student union or your medical student society. You can call the society DermSoc and can affiliate yourself with the BAD Student Group. Contact your student union or medical student society representative to learn about local procedures for setting up a society. After gaining their support, you can start recruiting a committee and members by advertising around your medical school either by newsletter or by email. If you have several people interested on the committee position, you may wish to hold a vote so that people are elected fairly. If you need help, each university will have a Dermatology registrar who you can contact to assist with any logistical difficulties.
For further advice, contact the UK National DermSoc Committee who will try their best to assist with your queries firstname.lastname@example.org
How to keep in touch?
Once the society is set up, email us your committee list and plans for the year. The current Representatives of the UK National DermSoc Committee are:
Bi-annual meetings with all representatives are held to provide an opportunity to network with other societies and to exchange ideas. The latest UK National DermSoc Day took place in London on 25 October 2017 with the next event to be held on Wednesday 14 March 2018. For more details on DermSoc activities, please download the UK DermSoc Newsletters:
UK National DermSoc Day
Wednesday 10 October 2018; 10:00-16:15
This free event held at Willan House, London is a must for all medical students and junior doctors interested in dermatology.
Further information will be provided in due course.
DermSchool Sub-Committee Vacancies