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F112 - Closing the Gender Gap in Academic Dermatology and Dermatology Leadership: Problems and Solutions

Monday, March 4; 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify challenges faced in dermatology careers, particularly by women, at home and in the workplace.
  • Discuss strategies to increase the success of women in dermatology leadership positions.
  • Explore targeted leadership techniques for women.


Women are now the majority of dermatology trainees, but remain underrepresented in leadership positions in dermatology. Lack of mentorship, lack of leadership training, differing leadership styles, and persistent bias towards gender roles may contribute to these disparities. In this interactive session, we will discuss targeted methods that have demonstrated success to increase the leadership potential of women. The speaking panel will share tips and pearls for success and balance in any career path in dermatology; audience contribution via exchanges will be encouraged. Although focusing on women, these issues are universal, and we encourage participation by all genders. This activity has been approved by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) for up to 20 MOC Component 2 Self-Assessment points. For more information about MOC, please visit the ABD website at


  • Farah, Ronda S., MD: Capillus Laser Caps – O(EQ); Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP – C(NC); Eclipse Medical – O(Grants/Research Funding); Gilead Sciences – SH(NC); HairMax – O(EQ); Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc – SH(NC); LaserCap – O(EQ); Pfizer Inc. – SH(NC); Syneron Candela – O(Grants/Research Funding); Theradome – O(EQ); WEN – I(Grants/Research Funding);
  • Hordinsky, Maria K., MD: Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Allergan, Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Astellas Pharma US, Inc – I(Grants/Research Funding); Concert Pharmaceuticals – C(Fees); Incyte Corporation – O(Grants/Research Funding); Procter & Gamble Company – C(H); UpToDate, Inc – I(Grants/Research Funding);
  • Okoye, Ginette, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Pandya, Amit G., MD: Aclaris Therapeutics Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Clarify Medical Inc. – B(ST); Incyte Corporation – I(Grants/Research Funding); Pfizer Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding);
  • Shinohara, Michi, MD: Actelion – I(S); Elorac, Inc. – I(S); miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Solgenix, Inc. – I(S);
  • Strowd, Lindsay Chaney, MD: Actelion – SP(H); Galderma USA – C(H); Pfizer Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Regeneron – A(H);
Monday, March 4
9:00 AM
Dr. Shinohara / Introduction: framing the problem
9:05 AM
Dr. Pandya / Mentoring women in dermatology
9:25 AM
All faculty / Q&A
9:30 AM
Dr. Strowd / Leaning In to Lead: Why you should say yes to leadership development programs
9:50 AM
All faculty / Q&A
9:55 AM
Dr. Hordinsky and Dr. Farah / Making the most of your mentor: viewpoints from a senior and junior faculty
10:15 AM
All faculty / Q&A
10:20 AM
Dr. Okoye / Viewpoints from a new chair
10:40 AM
All faculty / Panel and audience discussion
Event Details
  • Date
    Monday, March 4
  • Time
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location
    Room 152B
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Amit G. Pandya, MD, FAAD
  • Ginette Okoye, MD, FAAD
  • Lindsay Chaney Strowd, MD, FAAD
  • Maria K. Hordinsky, MD, FAAD
  • Ronda S. Farah, MD, FAAD