Social Media and Dermatology: A Relationship That Is More Than Skin Deep

By Dr. Shadi Damanpour Introduction   Over three billion people worldwide are active users of social media, and patients are more readily utilizing it to obtain healthcare information. 1  Dermatologists have a large presence on social media, and it has become a useful platform to educate and communicate accurate information with the public. 1  Recent articles have also shown that social media activity is correlated with patient satisfaction and publication citations. 2,3,4  Therefore, there is increasing interest about how to best utilize social media in practice and which platforms to engage on. I have interviewed four WDS members and prominent social media influencers in dermatology to provide some insight and perspective on their goals, future directions, and everything in between.   What are the goals of your social media presence as a dermatologist?   Joyce Park (@teawithmd, When I created my blog as a medical student, I used it as an outlet to discuss

Young Physician Spotlight: Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD

Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.  How did you become involved in the WDS and what benefits do you think WDS membership provides for residents/young physicians? Ten years ago I had the honor of meeting WDS Founder, Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, at the Cleveland Clinic where I completed my Dermatology Residency training. I was inspired by her story and eager to learn more in addition to joining my co-residents who were already active WDS members. Initially, I applied to be on the various committees and then took the role of resident liaison which allowed me to help promote the organization, serve in a leadership position for our program and further the mission of the WDS. Through my years of service and dedication to the society, so many doors have opened for me and I am grateful. I now serve on the WDS Board of Directors. The benefits of being a member are unmatched. In the past year alone, the

WDS Service Spotlight

WDS prides itself on its commitment to service. Even though most of the world is functioning virtually these days, it is still possible to contribute to WDS’s mission of being dedicated … to volunteerism! TIPP Women’s Shelter Initiative Through the use of informative presentations, this initiative helps women in shelters and other facilities/organizations enter back into society with confidence and self-esteem. This program helps address the ‘whole-woman’ and her body and mind systems. The best part..? You can conduct the entire event from your living room! Select a local shelter Select your event details (Date, Time, Type of Event & Programming) Determine needs and request WDS support (Food, Beverages, Posters, Takeaway Bags, & Other Materials) Host your Event & Take Photos/Video (Zoom photos would be great!) Recap & Wrap Up  Click here for a more in depth how-to: How to Host a TIPP Event  Contact Ainsley Morley at to start your event!

WDS Career Corner: Tips for Applying to a Cosmetic Dermatology Fellowship

Special thanks to Kachiu Lee, MD, Monica Boen, MD, Lindsey Goddard, MD and Arisa Ortiz, MD What should I do if I’m interested in a cosmetic dermatology fellowship? Attend meetings that will allow you to network with various program directors - ASDS, ASLMS. Try to submit abstracts to present at these meetings. Consider which ASDS cosmetic fellowships you would want to apply for during your second year of dermatology residency. Then, reach out to these programs to try to spend a week rotating at these programs. Funding is available through the ASDS, ASLMS, and WDS for these rotations. Look into different ASDS cosmetic programs and what procedures they focus on (available on the ASDS website average numbers of each procedure/category) so that you can apply/rotate at a program that best fits with your career goals (some heavy on lasers vs fillers vs lifting procedures). If you’re unable to rotate, reach out to your program of interest to see if they have any reviews, book cha

Real Life Tips/Tricks for Living with Pemphigus and Other Blistering Diseases: An Interview with Becky Strong

By Dr. Brittney Schultz Becky Strong is a patient with pemphigus vulgaris. For Becky, her journey included 17 months, 7 physician specialists, multiple encounters with her dentist, and several rounds of incorrect treatments and procedures before correctly being diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris. She’s a registered nurse living in Michigan with her husband Tim and 2 children. Currently, Becky is the Outreach Director for the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation, an organization that supports patients with these two rare autoimmune diseases. Becky is responsible for medical and dental professional, dental student, and patient education at the IPPF. She also spends time advocating at the federal level for patients with rare diseases. I first met Becky at an American Academy of Dermatology meeting where she shared her experience as a patient with pemphigus. She is the unique blend of patient and advocate and she is one of the reasons I chose to focus on autoimmune blistering

"I'm Uncomfortable!": A Guide to Dealing with Discomfort at Work

   By Dr. Reid Waldman This article is meant to follow on the theme of burnout. I chose to write on this topic because I have recently observed increasing rates of moral distress and burnout which I attribute, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has made even the most mundane of activities, like going to the store, “uncomfortable” leaving individuals with minimal bandwidth to deal with being “uncomfortable” during daily practice.   “I’m uncomfortable!” Two words that when uttered immediately cast a sort of spell that puts a pit in the listener’s stomach and that serves as a call to arms to rectify injustice.   As I enter the final phase of dermatology residency training, I increasingly hear the words “I’m uncomfortable!” echo in my own head and bemoaned by my fellow residents. The scenarios that cause these words to bubble up are seemingly limitless: “I cannot see that many patients in a single half day!” “How could Dr. X not biopsy that obvious skin cancer!” “I can