Mentoring Awards

The Mentoring Award 

ACDS mentoring awards are granted for the purpose of assisting young dermatologists including dermatology residents, dermatology fellows, or dermatologist up to 5 years out of residency to become leaders/experts in the field of contact dermatitis by acquiring additional academic skills which may not be available at their training institutions.

The applications are reviewed every 6 months on April 15 and October 15 of each year.

The Criteria

a) Either the Mentor or the Applicant must be a member of ACDS.
b) Mentor and applicant may not be from the same institution
c) Funding may not exceed $3,000 per applicant.
d) Mentor must provide written acceptance of applicant and submit a follow-up report.
e) Academic/leadership potential is apparent, either from the applicant or department chair letters.
f) Budgeted items may include expenses related to travel and research, but may not include items as software, books, lab materials or registration fees for meetings or travel to meetings.
g) Applicant’s work is to be with one or two specific mentors, not with an entire department.

The Selection Guidelines

a) Travel expenses will be considered if it is necessary to provide a unique mentoring opportunity.
b) Preference will be given to mentors or applicants who are members of ACDS.
c) Mentoring may not serve to meet Residency Review Committee guidelines.


a) A copy of these guidelines must accompany the application packet in order for the applicant to be aware of the selection process
b) If an approved mentoring project cannot be completed as originally proposed, the awardee must immediately contact the ACDS office. Arrangements will be made to return the award if already received or change to an alternative project approved by the Committee.
c) 30 days prior to the start of the mentoring project, the applicant is to reaffirm the dates of the mentoring program with the ACDS Office and request their award check indicating the address for mailing.
d) Once the applicant has completed the approved project, the mentee is required to submit a written report summarizing the skills or knowledge acquired from this experience.

To apply online, click here.

Comments from Past Mentees

I was fortunate to spend a week in Dr. Melanie Pratt’s clinic.   I had been tasked with starting a contact dermatitis clinic at my institution and working with Dr. Pratt allowed me to observe the practices of a well-established and efficiently-run clinic. 

My experience with her contact dermatitis clinic was invaluable to starting my own clinic.  The mentorship program has also given me the foundation to develop my interests within contact dermatology. 

Peggy Wu, MD


My mentorship with Dr. Sharon Jacob not only allowed me to better understand contact dermatitis and all its nuances, but has has culminated in a journal article entitled “Contact Dermatitis in the Atopic Child” ...

I am confident that my mentorship with Dr. Jacob will help me to become a future leader in contact dermatitis, particularly in the military setting. To this end, I hope to educate my military peers on the best methods to alleviate this chronic and common, yet manageable, condition. 

Julia Kwan, MD




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