Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Mentorship Award


  • Expose dermatology and pediatric residents to the practice of pediatric dermatology.
  • Develop mentoring relationships.
  • Recruit Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) physicians into pediatric dermatology.

>> 2024 SPD URiM Mentorship Award Guidelines
>> 2024 SPD URiM Mentorship Award Application

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

This award supports the academic pursuits of historically marginalized individuals with disproportionately low representation in pediatric dermatology. The Association of American Medical College (AAMC) describes “underrepresented in medicine” as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population,” defined as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. To promote greater inclusivity in our selection process, we will consider additional elements of diversity to include LGBTQIA+ identification, physical or mental impairment, immigration status, socio-economic background, or disadvantaged experiences. Additionally, this year, we will expand selection to include pediatric residents with an interest in pursuing formal training in dermatology and a career in pediatric dermatology.

If you have any questions, please contact SPD at (317) 202-0224 or info@pedsderm.net or Nanette Silverbeg, MD, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chair, at drsilverberg@yahoo.com.

Upon Completion of Mentorship Experience

Awardees must submit a one-page report no later than one month after completing their mentorship experience to info@pedsderm.net. The summary report should provide a detailed description of the mentorship experience, highlight your experience, and tell us how it has enhanced your career development and growth in caring for pediatric dermatology patients.

2023 URiM Mentorship Award Recipients:

Ana Alvarez, MD
University of Louisville
Mentor: Cheryl Bayart, MD, and Kalyani Marathe, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Mentorship Focus: General Pediatric Dermatology
Ana Rodriguez, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mentor: Nanette Silverberg, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital
Mentorship Focus: General Pediatric Dermatology

2022 URiM Mentorship Award Recipients:

Jayden Galamgam, MD
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Mentor: Victoria Barrio, MD, UCSD/Rady Children's
Mentorship Focus: General Pediatric Dermatology
Fabiana Castro Porto Silva Lopes, MD
UT Austin
Mentor: Victoria Barrio, MD, UCSD/Rady Children's
Mentorship Focus: General Pediatric Dermatology