ABD Invites Qualifying Dermatologists to Apply for the Visiting Scholars Program

The American Board of Dermatology invites qualifying dermatologists to apply for the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program before June 17 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, and residents are eligible to apply, as well as individuals holding master's or doctorate degrees in public health, health services, research, educational evaluation and statistics, public health policy and administration, and Veterans Affairs trainees and researchers. Student visas are not available.

An award of $15,000 will be provided to support the direct costs of research and travel expenses associated with program participation.

The ABMS is presenting an informational webinar on the Visiting Scholars Program at 6 p.m. ET on April 23, 2024. Those interested may register here.

Gillian Heinecke, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, SSM Health/Saint Louis University, was the ABD’s first ABMS Visiting Scholar.

During the year-long program, the Visiting Scholars remain at their home institutions and work with self-selected mentors. They participate in monthly ABMS webinars where they provide research project updates to their peers, a select panel of subject matter experts, and Visiting Scholars alumni who provide guidance, support, and feedback to barriers current scholars may be experiencing in their research.

Some of the research topics of interest to the ABD include:

  • Outcomes of implementing the APPLIED Exam
  • Competency-based assessment strategies beyond medical knowledge assessment
  • Integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into our dermatology assessment continuum.
  • Measures of professionalism
  • The BASIC Exam’s ability to identify struggling residents
  • Learning from the selection of and self-reported impacts from the ABD’s focused Practice Improvement Modules
  • Study the certainty and relevance scoring of CertLink questions in use and categorize these by topic area, subspecialty area, discrepancy status
  • The effectiveness of graded article-based CertLink questions for formative learning compared with simply reading articles, participating in journal clubs, or other methods of article review
  • Resident selection methods – holistic vs traditional – and resident diversity
  • Artificial intelligence use, validity, and reliability in writing evidence-based critiques for board style self-assessment questions

Qualifying projects can be ongoing or launching, and may build on one at your home institution. A research mentor must be selected. Please consider the impact of your proposed research project on reducing health disparities and contributing to the development of a qualified and diversified workforce.

Send any questions to the ABD at communications@abderm.org.


Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and others are eligible to apply for a $15,000 award to support research.