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Setting up a Dermatology Society at your Medical School
   
    
 
                                                                                                                  
Why Dermatology?
 
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
  • Career talks
  • 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 dermsocnational@gmail.com
 
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:
 
Dr Katie Farquhar: kfarquhar@doctors.org.uk
Miss Sophia Haywood: Sophia.Haywood@uea.ac.uk
Dr Bella Plumptre: isabella.plumptre@nhs.net
 
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 14 March 2018 with the next event to be held on Thursday 28 March 2019. For more details on DermSoc activities, please download the UK DermSoc Newsletters:
 
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2014
 
2015
 
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2018
 

UK National DermSoc Day

Thursday 28 March 2019; 10:00-16:30

Willan House, 4 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5 HQ

The first UK National DermSoc Day in 2019 is being held on Thursday 28th March 2019!

This free one-day teaching event is open to all medical students and junior doctors. There will be a range of talks from high-profile speakers covering how to get into dermatology, core topics, DermSoc activities and more. Further information tbc.

This event is a great opportunity for networking and meeting like-minded future dermatology colleagues.

Please check here regularly for when registration opens.


 
DermSchool Sub-Committee Vacancies
 
Please click here for vacancies.
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