|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 231-233
Clinical training and research opportunities for dermatology residents in India
Seetharam A Kolalapudi1, Ameet R Valia2, Deepika Pandhi3
1 Hanuma Skin Center, Doctors Plaza, Kothapeta, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Skin Clinic, 101, Harganga Mahal Annexe, Dadar TT, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Dermatology and STD, University College of Medical Sciences and GTBH, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||2-Jul-2018|
Seetharam A Kolalapudi
Hanuma Skin Center, Doctors Plaza, Kothapeta, Guntur - 522 001, Andhra Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kolalapudi SA, Valia AR, Pandhi D. Clinical training and research opportunities for dermatology residents in India. Indian Dermatol Online J 2018;9:231-3
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Kolalapudi SA, Valia AR, Pandhi D. Clinical training and research opportunities for dermatology residents in India. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Jul 18];9:231-3. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2018/9/4/231/235701
“Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.”
—Sir William Osler
With advances in dermatosurgery and cosmetic dermatology, dermatology has become one of the most sought out residency programs, a choice rather than a chance specialty. Residency is a crucial training program in one's career. Many national and international associations provide residents opportunities to pursue their career advancements during and soon after residency. The opportunities provided by the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists (IADVL), other international associations, and government agencies have been previously delineated., Here, we have tried to list some scholarships, fellowships, and observerships available across India for residents.
| Scholarships|| |
Residents are encouraged to become provisional members of dermatology associations, such as the IADVL (www.iadvl.org), Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India (ACSI; http://www.acsinet.net/), and Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India (CDSI: http://www.cosdermindia.in/). These associations encourage residents to participate in their conferences by offering scholarships to those presenting posters and oral or award presentations.
The IADVL provides scholarships to both national (MIDDERMACON and DERMACON) and international conferences (World Congress of Dermatology, International Congress of Dermatology, Asian Dermatology Congress, and South Asian Regional Conference of Dermatology) to their provisional life members (residents). Members can avail one national and one international scholarship during their lifetime. The announcements for the scholarship are available at www.iadvl.org and the conference website. CDSI provides four scholarships of Rs 50,000 each to its members, who have had 2 years of active participation in CDSI events.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers two reciprocal scholarships and two Strauss and Katz World Congress scholarships to IADVL members to attend the AAD annual conference every year. Candidates are selected through application by a three-member jury appointed by the IADVL. Several other associations offer assistance for attending their international meetings.
| Fellowships and Observerships|| |
Fellowships or observerships are offered by the IADVL, ACSI, universities, and individual centers in India. The IADVL, through the IADVL Academy, and ACSI offer observerships for a period of 4 weeks. The IADVL observership is provided by its members. Centers offering these observerships are screened by the IADVL Academy and approved by the IADVL Executive Committee. In 2018, the IADVL offers observerships in clinical dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatoscopy, dermatosurgery, hair transplantation, HIV medicine, immunofluorescence, lasers and aesthetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology, photodermatology, trichology, and urticaria in 22 centers across India. A nominal stipend of Rs 15,000 is also given to members aged below 35 years. The IADVL also offers international dermatopathology observerships, with a stipend of Rs 1 lakh to each candidate, in three centers in USA and at one center in Taiwan to six life members annually.
The ACSI offers fellowships in dermatosurgery and aesthetics for 4 weeks at five centers to its members annually.
All observerships/fellowships are through invited application and the selection is by the respective associations and universities or institutes.
University or institutes offering fellowships are listed in [Table 1].
| Workshops and CMEs|| |
Dermatology has grown in leaps and bounds, especially during the last decade. To cope with advances in subspecialties, such as aesthetics, dermatosurgery, dermatopathology, dermoscopy, lasers, leprosy, pigmentary diseases, psoriasis, focused CMEs and workshops help to update one's knowledge. Various associations, especially the IADVL, organize focused CMEs or workshops for their members, including residents, with registration that is complimentary or with a minimal fee, e.g. IMPACT for psoriasis, OSCAR for acne, dermatosurgery, aesthetic, and laser workshops organized by the IADVL throughout India.
| Pgcon|| |
These are CME programs organized for residents by the IADVL to improve their clinical acumen and help them prepare for their postgraduate examinations. They are conducted annually in each zone (East, West, South, and North) of India in association with the state branches of that zone.
| Research Methodology and how to Publish Workshops|| |
These workshops, organized by the IADVL in association with the state branches, are meant to improve the research and writing skills, from conceiving an idea to publishing an article.
| Online Lectures|| |
Online lectures enable residents to listen to subject experts. One such program, DermaGyan, is offered since 2015 by the IADVL to its members. All lectures are accessible at www.iadvl.org.
| Research Grants|| |
After the completion of their residency, residents interested in conducting research can participate in research projects under the supervision of principal investigators. The IADVL  and other associations provide grants to suitable projects.
| Postgraduate Thesis Grant|| |
To promote higher quality research by postgraduates, the IADVL has started a unique initiative of providing a thesis grant of up to Rs 50,000 for postgraduate theses. Blinded applications are evaluated based on scientific merit and study design.
| Postgraduate Thesis-Based Award Session|| |
Again, to encourage research by postgraduates, IADVL has initiated an award session only for papers based on postgraduate theses at DERMACON and MIDDERMACON. There are three awards for both the postgraduate and the guide.
| Resident Forum|| |
IADVL has various platforms such as a resident group, Facebook page, and an E-bulletin (ResiDream) for residents to exchange scientific knowledge. These are solely run by residents under the guidance and supervision of the IADVL Honorary Secretary General.
These are some clinical training programs and opportunities available across India for our young dermatologists. Learning is a continuous process. Let us learn and practice the right thing at the right time!
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