As a valued leader of the Medical Dermatology Society (MDS), we are writing to you seeking your financial support for the MDS Mentorship Program.
For the past decade, this program has been funded exclusively by private, individual donations. Our primary mission at the MDS is to focus on career development in medical dermatology and advancing research and the clinical care of patients with complex and systemic skin diseases. The Mentorship Program pairs talented trainees with mentors and academic departments with unique expertise in this arena.
I personally benefited from the MDS mentorship program over a decade ago and consider it a pivotal, deeply formative experience in my decision to follow a path in complex medical dermatology.
As part of our strategic vision, we see the Mentorship Program as an opportunity to match exceptional candidates with unique, personalized, critical career-development rotations within departments with specific expertise in complex medical dermatology. To that end, we are seeking your support and partnership in this endeavor. Funds obtained will be used to support travel and educational opportunities for awardees. These awardees are expected to engage in a mentored educational experience with a focus on early career development, and during their experience, they are also encouraged to engage in research within medical dermatology. All awardees are required to develop and complete a summary project for presentation at a future MDS meeting and hope that this experience grows the organization, and diversifies and expands the talented pool of young medical dermatologists across the country.
As this has been an expanding program over many years, we are asking our medical dermatology leaders to donate generously to this key program. Generally, mentees receive $2,500 for their mentorship experience; all donations are gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated. Your donation will support a competitive application process that is designed to match an applicant to a unique experience that benefits the mentee, mentor, and host department. Your support will ensure the Mentorship Program will continue and flourish. Thank you for your time and consideration in this very important aspect of the MDS’ mission.
Your generous donation will enter a pool of funds for a competitive application process that is designed to match the applicant to a department experience that benefits both parties.
- Support the Medical Dermatology Society Mentorship Program with a Tax-Deductible Charitable Contribution.
- All donations are greatly appreciated and will help support this important program!
- Your donation is 100% tax deductible
Support the MDS Mentorship Program Campaign, by following the link below or you can download a printable contribution form here
For additional details or any questions, please feel free to reach out to the MDS office directly for additional details.
Joseph F. Merola, MD, MMSc
Medical Dermatology Society