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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Preceptorship Program?

The ASDS Preceptorship Program provides a non-conventional learning environment to perfect skills in those areas of the specialty where innovation has outpaced traditional training programs. 

How do I become a preceptor in the Preceptorship Program?

Qualified preceptors should: be at least five years out of training and have teaching experience as well as experience in a leadership position. If you are interested in becoming a preceptor, please contact ASDS at 847-956-0900.

To apply for the ASDS Preceptorship Program, the official application must be completed and submitted to the ASDS office by that year's deadline. A complete application requires the following:

  • Applicant information  
  • Preceptor signature 
  • Specific area of focus 
  • Funding requests 
  • Applicant CV 
  • Applicant essay 
  • Letter of support from resident's program chair (If you are not a resident: the letter must be from the dermatology department chair or program chair. If you are in private practice, your letter must be from a dermatology peer in private practice.)
  • Electronic copy of applicant color photograph

How are applications accepted?

Applications will be accepted based on the merit of:

  • The applicant’s career goals 
  • Educational goals of the preceptorship and any specific project planned 
  • How the applicant believes the preceptorship will impact his or her future or current practice in dermatologic surgery

Who can participate in the ASDS Preceptorship Program?

The program is open to all ASDS members and third year residents (or second year residents as long as the preceptorship occurs during their third year of residency). All applicants must be either board-certified or board-eligible in dermatology.

How long should the preceptorship be?

The duration of each preceptorship will depend on the goal of the applicant and available funding. Each preceptorship must run for a minimum of one week.

Is it necessary to apply for funding for my preceptorship?

The funds provided to each preceptee will be determined based on their estimated expenses. A minimum of $100 in expenses must be requested.

Where does the funding come from?

Funding is generously supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merz Aesthetics and Allergan.

How will I be notified if my preceptorship has been approved?

All applicants will be notified in writing if their application has been approved.

Can I schedule a preceptorship prior to being notified if my application has been accepted?

We strongly discourage scheduling a preceptorship prior to being notified if your application has been accepted. Although ASDS makes every effort to fund as many applications as possible, there is no guarantee that your application will be funded.

Can I choose a Preceptor that is not on the ASDS approved list?

Yes. If a preceptor is not on the ASDS approved list, he or she must provide a curriculum vitae to accompany the application upon submission. Interested preceptors should be an ASDS member in good standing, at least five years out of training, have teaching experience as well as experience in a leadership role.

How many preceptorships can a preceptor or preceptee participate in each year?

Both Preceptees and Preceptors can only participate in one preceptorship per year.

Do I have to complete my Preceptorship by a deadline?

Yes. Due to funding restrictions, Preceptorships must be completed by December 23.

What if I have questions about the Preceptorship Program?

Program questions can be directed to preceptorship@asds.net.

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