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CDS Dermatology Mentorships for Medical Students Underrepresented in Medicine

The Board of Directors of the Chicago Dermatological Society recently announced a National Call for Applications for current U.S. medical students who have completed First Year M1 Modules. This four-week Mentorship Program for four Mentees will take place in Chicago from June 1 – 30, 2023.

Medical students from diverse backgrounds identify a lack of access to adequate mentoring as a major challenge when facing career decisions. Applicants with a strong interest in dermatology and from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply.

These Mentorships provide shadowing and experiential learning opportunities, interacting with positive role models, developing communication skills, and acquiring insights into dermatology and its subspecialties. Working with Mentors in their practices, mentees will experience a range of medical, cosmetic, and surgical procedures. Working more informally with Advisors, mentees will discuss career strategies for applying for postgraduate opportunities, health equity, advocacy, and diagnosing and treating diseases with patients of color, among other topics.

For this Call for Applications, we used the acronym DURM (Dermatology Underrepresented in Medicine) and its broad definitions.

“Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their number in the general population.” This lens currently includes students who identify as African American and/or Black, Hispanic/Latino, Puerto Rican, and Native American (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians). To this definition, we add medical students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who identify as members of the LGBTQ Community.

The American Medical Association is confronting inequity at the system and community level to bring health equity to marginalized and minoritized communities in the U.S. As a key part of its DEI initiatives, the AMA has identified workplace diversity as a key goal.

“Dermatology is one of the most competitive and least diverse specialties in medicine. Diversity in the physician workforce improves outcomes not only for people of color but for all patients.”
– Dr. Jordan C. Carqueville 

Each Participant will receive an honorarium of $2,000. Applicants living out of state will receive an additional honorarium to cover travel, local transportation, and housing costs. The pilot program began in 2022 and was funded from the proceeds of CDS’s “The Art of Skin Gala” which was held on June 10, 2022. Proceeds from this gala will fund five additional years of this mentorship program. Mentees will be selected by an independent panel of medical professionals.

The American Academy of Dermatology documented the Chicago Dermatological Society’s efforts with the inaugural Art of Skin Gala and the first year of the DURM Mentorship Program. Access the AAD’s recap video through this link.

The Mentees for 2022 Were:

Four smiling women in floor length dresses at the awards

L to R: Ekpunobi, Onyekonwu, Henderson, Brady

     Kai Brady, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, (Chicago, IL)
     Ifeanyi Ekpunobi, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Cleveland, OH)
     Asia Henderson, University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine (Chicago, IL)
     Chiemelie Onyekonwu, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine (Riverside, CA)

Three individuals were named as Finalists:
     Frances Akwoule, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
     Drake Carter, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
     Iain Noel Encarnacion, Eastern University Medical School (Norfolk, VA)


Chicago Dermatological Society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1901. The purpose of CDS is to: educate its members and guests (medical residents and students) in dermatology and its subspecialties; promote excellence in patient care; adhere to a high level of ethical conduct and professionalism; promote dermatology-related research; create a spirit of community among its members; and encourage a public interest relating to dermatology.

     Joerg Albrecht, MD
     President, Chicago Dermatological Society

     Jordan C. Carqueville, MD
     Chair, CDS Mentorship Committee

     Stavonnie Patterson, MD
     Chair, CDS DEI Committee

For further information, please contact Tracy Schorle, CDS Executive Director
Email: [email protected]
222 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 1870
Chicago, IL 60606