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The DIGA blog is a new addition to the national Dermatology Student Interest Group website! This purpose of the DIGA blog is to unite student dermatology interest groups across the nation and allow DIGs to communicate in an easy effective manner.

Is the dermatology interest group at your school having a skin screening, hosting a dermatology fundraiser or giving a skin protection presentation to teenage students?

If you would like to share what your DIG is planning or what your DIG accomplished this semester please email and have your school featured on our blog!

Also please help us improve the blog and make it meet your needs by giving us feedback on what you'd like to see, as well as suggestions for improvements (or critiques).


By DIGA Blogger on 6/4/2015 10:22 AM
Hello members! I'd like to pass on a message from organizers of the Dermatology 2016 conference. They are offering special rates for students, and are very interested in having students attend. They are also interested in potential speakers, so if you know of faculty or dermatologists who would be interested, please pass along the message. See the attached files for more information regarding this!Dermatology 2016- speaker invitation.docxStudent invitation - Dermatology 2016.docx
By DIGA Blogger on 6/3/2015 5:16 PM
On behalf of Dr. Stephen Cohen and Dr. Diana Lee, we wanted to share a research opportunity at Albert Einstein in NY for the coming academic year.

The Director of Pediatric Dermatology at Einstein, Dr. Diana Lee, has started a robust Genodermatosis Treatment Center. The numbers of rare and exceptional patients who are being seen in this clinical setting is growing; new and exciting findings regarding genetic abnormalities are growing; and, the need for more rigorous organization of this unique pediatric cohort is growing. Dr. Lee is very interested in working with a student who may want to assist with many scholarly/research projects. Opportunities to become familiar with these patients, as well as general pediatric dermatology, and interface with the enriched clinical environment at Einstein will undoubtedly lead to many tangible rewards, including the application of research techniques, clinical experience, and publications. If interested, please contact Dr. Lee at
By DIGA Blogger on 5/4/2015 8:37 PM
Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship University of Texas at Houston Department of Dermatology Adelaide A.  Hebert, MD A position will be available starting July 1, 2015 as a clinical research fellow with Adelaide A. Hebert, MD at the University of Texas Medical School-Houston  Department of Dermatology. This fellowship allows extensive immersion into clinical research (12 active trials, with more to begin) and strong instruction as to the administration of such projects. As Dr. Hebert is Board-certified in dermatology and pediatric dermatology, many of the trials are pediatric focused. Clinical trial encompass both pharmaceutical and investigator initiated trials.  Interdisciplinary trials with Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology and Neurology also constitute part of the fellowship experience. The clinical research fellow will also have the opportunity to assist Dr. Hebert in her pediatric dermatology and wound care clinics and to round with her on the inpatient consult service. The fellow may also attend, as time allows, daily resident teaching conferences (dermatopathology, kodachrome, Grand Rounds, textbook, Dermatology- Rheumatology, etc.) and will have extensive interactions with the dermatology faculty and residents at both of the Houston Dermatology residency programs. This fellowship offers a strong teaching component in both clinical research and dermatology. ...
By DIGA Blogger on 4/6/2015 9:32 PM
Dear Sir/Madam, We have an opening for a one year Cutaneous Lymphoma Fellowship starting July 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh. We are looking for a physician who wants to learn more about all aspects of cutaneous lymphomas and wants to gain the clinical knowledge and research skills to prepare for residency in Dermatology. Candidates must be eligible for a Pennsylvania medical license. The fellowship presents an opportunity to learn the newest information about diagnosis, treatment and management for patients with rare skin malignancies in the largest Cutaneous Lymphoma center in Western Pennsylvania. The Fellow will become a sub-investigator on clinical trials being conducted at the center and will help prepare manuscripts reporting the results of the trials as a first author. The Cutaneous Oncology Fellows attend various didactic conferences, including weekly resident teaching lectures, dermatopathology conferences, and journal clubs, participate in presentations at Dermatology Department Grand Rounds, Oncology...
By DIGA Blogger on 4/6/2015 9:16 PM
The Department of Dermatology at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking applications for a clinical research fellow. This position may be either one or two years depending upon applicant's goals. 2015 Clinical Research Fellowship Opportunity (to start July 1, 2015): 1.    Photomedicine Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Elma Baron 2.    Clinical Trials Psoriasis Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Neil Korman 3.    Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Kevin Cooper and Dr. Meg Gerstenblith Applicant requirements include: 1. Graduation from an accredited medical school 2. Completion of PGY1 training (prior to start) 3. Completion of USMLE Steps 1-2 (prior to start) If interested, please email a brief letter of intent, CV, USMLE scores, Dean’s letter, medical school transcript and a letter of recommendation to: Amanda K. Suggs, MD Department of Dermatology University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland,...
By DIGA Blogger on 3/25/2015 11:09 PM
Dear DIG Members, Nickel contact dermatitis is a rising concern amongst adult and, especially, pediatric patients. The prevalence of nickel ACD continues to rise. Although the EU has passed legislation limiting the release of nickel from skin-targeted products, the US continues to lag behind. We present the Nickel Allergy Alliance—formed by the members of the Pediatric Contact Dermatitis Registry members and its supporters. The NAA aims to: 1. Support the adoption and sustained implementation of an EU-like United States Nickel Directive 2. Maintain a database of indexed nickel ACD cases in the US 3. Advocate, Communicate, Educate (ACE) about the appropriate use of nickel We are recruiting interested medical students to join the NAA for outreach support to assist with the organization’s goals via tasks (including but not limited to) data gathering and management, canvassing, and development of educational material. The timeline of your involvement is negotiable, however we hope your commitment may be sustainable. You will be working amongst a team lead by Dr. Sharon Jacob—a contact dermatitis expert and Principal Investigator of the Pediatric Contact Dermatitis Registry study. ...
By DIGA Blogger on 3/11/2015 10:55 PM
If you are thinking about a career as a clinician-researcher, unsure what to do if you don't match, or a medical student interested in learning more about dermatology during a one year rotation, check out the basic science and clinical research opportunities listed on DIGA's research fellowship webpage. New listings on our website include opportunities at Boston University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the University of Miami. These and other research fellowships can be found at:
By DIGA Blogger on 12/27/2014 1:43 PM
If you are interested in becoming an officer of the Dermatology Interest Group Association, please send us your application (see below). Serving as a DIGA officer is a great opportunity to benefit your community of student interested in dermatology and network with dermatologists from around the country. DIGA provides a forum for communication with dermatology health professionals, collaboration with dermatology interest groups nationwide, and support and opportunities for students interested in a career in dermatology.The deadline for applying is January 25th, 2015.

To apply, simply download, complete, and email your application to .

Positions available include:

Vice President,



Community Service Director,

Professional Societies Liaison,

Residency Interviews Database Director,

Southern Regional Director, 

Northeastern Regional Director,

By DIGA Blogger on 12/1/2014 9:23 AM
Are you going to the 2015 Spring AAD and interested about creating new innovations in dermatology? You may want to check out the Inaugural Dermatology Entrepreneurship Conference on the day before the AAD meeting in San Francisco. Speakers and panelists include: Rox Anderson, Howard Murad, Stuart Shanler, Mark Lebwohl, Katie Rodan, Kathy Fields, Cami Samuels, and Jonathan Wilkin!
By DIGA Blogger on 12/1/2014 9:14 AM
The Acting Surgeon General, Boris Lushniak, MD, recently declared a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Following this and a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology regarding indoor tanning availability on college campuses, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, along with their member groups, including Melanoma Research Foundation, CDC, EPA, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and many more activist groups, is starting a “Tan-Free Campus” initiative in order to promote health and prevent skin cancer, particularly targeting college campuses. We are searching for those members also passionate about skin cancer prevention and decreasing the prevalence of indoor tanning.

Our mission is to enhance knowledge of the dangers of UV radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds and decrease the amount of indoor tanning bed use among young adults through active awareness campaigns.

Please e-mail Sarah at if you are interested in getting involved or have any...


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