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The 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.

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By DIGA Blogger on 7/22/2017 3:47 PM
Join us for the 2nd Annual Symposium on Hidradenitis and Suppurativa Advances being held at the Hotel St. Regis in Detroit, Michigan from November 4 – 5, 2017. Detroit is home to one of the largest HS clinics in the United States and also home to the Hope for HS patient support group. Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances (SHSA) provides an interdisciplinary forum for leading academic scientists, clinicians and researchers to share their experiences, discuss innovations and research regarding Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)​   SHSA is a 1.5 day meeting for dermatologists, surgeons, primary care physicians, ob/gyn, residents, medical students and nursing staff. SHSA provides a range of interactive educational sessions in the format of courses, forums and plenary sessions on HS related topics from bench to bedside and the opportunity to interact with dermatology experts from leading academic institutions.

To register and find information on abstract submissions, please visit;

By DIGA Blogger on 7/10/2017 5:24 PM
DIGA is putting together a list of Visiting Student Contacts so that members can potentially have points of contact at away rotations. This should: (1) help give the rotating students specific program advice, (2) allow "home" students to help rotating students find housing (that's affordable and nearby), and (3) make it easier to network / make friends / get recommendations for fun things to do while away!

We'd love it if you all could add your info and help us set this up! Click here to access the list!

By DIGA Blogger on 3/30/2017 8:12 AM
Hi DIGA members!


I’m writing to share a story about a 3rd year Michigan State medical student who was featured in The New York Times. This student who, in her words, “knew approximately nothing” was asked by her family to diagnose her niece’s eye problem. Why was this 3-year-old so irritable and what was wrong with her eye? Thanks...
By DIGA Blogger on 3/24/2017 10:39 PM
Hi everyone! I am a 4th-year medical student who has successfully matched into dermatology (woo!). I wanted to share my experience with the daunting process of applying to a dermatology residency in hopes that it will help answer your questions and alleviate some stress. I encourage you to speak to as many people who have gone through this process as possible, as the experience and opinions will vary from person to person. I will split this blog post up into five parts: 1) Research year 2) Away Rotations 3) Application 4) Interview Trail 5) Post-interview communication

Research Year

I decided on dermatology in the middle of my third year. I had no research and a pretty average Step 1 score for derm, so I chose to pursue a research year to enhance my competitiveness. Since I had no experience in basic science research, I sought out clinical research opportunities (DIGA lists a bunch of research opportunities on The advantage...
By DIGA Blogger on 1/30/2017 5:54 PM

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Dermatology in Memphis, TN just posted a just posted a reserved (physician) position to begin dermatology residency as a PGY2 resident in July 2017. The position is available through the NRMP Match and applications can be submitted via ERAS. Qualified applicants must have completed a PGY1 preliminary year, transitional year or similar.

The dermatology department is a new and growing department, and they are excited to offer this 9th position to round out their 3-3-3 program. They are seeking a highly qualified, motivated, engaged applicant with a genuine interest in training to become an excellent dermatologist, with the flexibility to interview in the next couple weeks and start training in July 2017.

By DIGA Blogger on 1/28/2017 9:18 PM
DIGA is taking leadership applications for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Please download the attached application and follow the included instructions. The deadline to email completed applications is February 13, 2017.

By DIGA Blogger on 6/20/2016 11:23 PM
The USF Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery is currently seeking applicants for a research assistant position to begin this summer.  This opportunity is for 6 to 12 months mentorship under the direction of Dr. Patel (Director, clinical research) and Dr. Seminario (Associate director, clinical research).  The research assistant will gain valuable experience in preparing IRB submissions and conducting clinical research.  She/he will learn to navigate health publication databases and make use of research reference software for the purpose of research preparations. He/she will also learn to develop research protocols, identify funding and formulate grant applications. The research assistant will be expected to present a poster during USF research day,  and to write and submit a research manuscript and case reports to peer-reviewed journals. The research assistant will also have the opportunity to attend all the USF resident academic conferences and will assist Dr. Patel in his transplant clinic and round with Dr. Seminario on her Tampa General Hospital inpatient consult service, among other clinics....
By DIGA Blogger on 5/13/2016 9:29 AM
Position: Clinical Research Fellow, 2017 - 2018, with possibility of additional second year Location: Henry Ford Department of Dermatology, Detroit, MI Mentor: Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi Requirements: Completion of Preliminary or Transitional Year by July 2017 Description: The clinical research fellow will be responsible for conducting clinical research in photomedicine and lasers for the indications of pigmentation and follicular disorders. Areas of focus include: vitiligo, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Responsibilities will include; regulatory submissions to the internal review board, protocol development and implementation, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Fellow will be required to attend the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Conference, with the possibility of additional conference attendance. Clinical research conduct is not limited to but will include the following; performing biopsy procedures, melanocyte keratinocyte transplant procedure for vitiligo, carbon dioxide laser excision for hidradenitis suppurativa, and specialized imaging techniques such as colorimetry and high frequency ultrasound. Training for imaging procedures will be given by the Subcutaneous Research Physicist, Indermeet Kohli, PhD. To apply for this position, contact the Clinical Research Manager with your CV, Angela Parks-Miller, at Angie Parks-Miller Clinical Research Manager Department of Dermatology Henry Ford New Center One 3031 W. Grand Blvd Detroit, MI 48202 O: (313)916-6964 C : (734)624-8112 F: (866) 314-4899
By DIGA Blogger on 4/12/2016 12:44 PM
As mentioned in our earlier blog post, the National Psoriasis Foundation is having its Inaugural Team NPF Cycle event at Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill, NY on Saturday, May 14th. DIGA's Psoriasis Chair John Zade, a medical student at New York Medical College, will be riding on behalf of the Dermatology Interest Group Association! Let's show our support by sending some donations his way, riding with him, or volunteering at the events!...

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