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 30 March 2017 with the next event to be held on Wednesday 25 October 2017. For more details on DermSoc activities, please download the UK DermSoc Newsletters:
UK National DermSoc Day
Our next teaching day is taking place on Wednesday 25 October 2017 at Willan House, London.
A must for all medical students and Foundation Year doctors in dermatology!
Further details to be announced.
DermSchool Sub-Committee Vacancy
A new exciting opportunity is open to BAD Student members to join the DermSchool Sub-Committee. The position is for a Medical Student Representative (medical students with at least 2 years left of medical school are eligible to apply).
Successful candidates will be expected to serve the committee for a two-year renewable for a further year and your role will include:
Co-ordination and propagation of all University DermSocs in the UK, liaising with and reporting to the Academic Vice President of the BAD via the BAD DermSchool Sub-Committee
Leading and organising central DermSoc meetings, attended by representatives of university DermSocs nationally, 2-3 times per year. You will also be required to undertake the administration of DermSoc
In addition, you will be invited to assist in the organisation of the BAD Annual DermSchool event as a member of the BAD DermSchool Sub-Committee and attend meetings held in London usually once per academic year.
If you would like further information, please contact the current Medical Student DermSoc Committee members:
Sophia Haywood Sophia.Haywood@uea.ac.uk or Monty Lyman MXL116@student.bham.ac.uk
To apply, please send a manifesto of 150 words and short CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) to Siu Tsang: email@example.com by 17:00 on Monday 31 July 2017. The manifesto should outline why you would like the position, highlighting the skills you have to support your application. Please include examples of leadership, teamwork and commitment to Dermatology.
Please indicate in the Subject Title ‘Medical Student Representative’ and include your grade and year in the application.
If selected, you will be expected to attend the next DermSchool Sub-Committee meeting on Thursday 21 September 2017 at 14:00-16:00