If there were ever a time to address mentorship for underrepresented minority (URM)* and sexual and gender minority (SGM) / LGBTQ dermatologists, it's now. Recent events leading to increased awareness of social injustices have moved ASDS to new levels of action toward improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the dermatology community and the organization. The Rise Up Mentorship Program is one way ASDS nurtures and supports the careers of dermatologists from underrepresented backgrounds to create a greater sense of inclusion and belonging.
This mentorship program pairs seasoned mentors with mentees to share their professional knowledge, skills and experiences. In a successful mentorship, a mentor can help his/her mentee make connections, provide exposure to opportunities and develop leadership acumen. Mentors can coach, give advice on career advancement and encourage mentees to show up and show out in the fullness of their genuine selves.
*URM is defined as Black, African-American, Mexican-American, Native-American (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian), and mainland Puerto Rican populations.
It is expected that mentees and mentors will:
Participants will be recognized by the Society in Currents, on the website and during the Annual Membership Meeting at the Annual Meeting. The greatest value for your participation is the satisfaction you will feel by making a difference!
Mentee and mentor applicants are also encourged to become a DEI Ambassador.
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Should you meet the eligibility requirement, you are asked to:
For more information on the program, please contact ASDS Executive Director Katherine Duerdoth, CAE, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It only takes one person to make a difference. Mentoring provides an opportunity to affect the future; you transmit a part of yourself to each person you mentor – your ideals, ethics and professionalism. By helping a young leader succeed, you will rediscover your passion for dermatologic surgery, learn new skills and gain the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life. You will share your experiences, interests and knowledge as you watch your mentee grow and meet the challenges of leadership.
As a mentor, you have an excellent opportunity not only to apply and enhance your own coaching / leadership skills, but to develop new friendships and support someone as he/she/they navigates the challenges of practice and life. Mentoring can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences you will ever have. You get what you give.