Applications to the BSMD 2021 Trainee Award are now open (closing date 25th Feb 2021). This is an excellent opportunity to fund individualised programmes of medical dermatology training: two awards will be awarded in open competition to UK and Eire dermatology trainees (including post-CCT fellows). Each award will be funded up to a maximum value of £2500.
A suggested programme might include a variety of experiences across one or more centres with medical dermatology expertise, and may include participation in clinics, multi-disciplinary team meetings, and ward rounds. Arrangements may need to virtual if in person visits are not feasible. In addition, attendance at a relevant medical dermatology meeting or conference is supported. Please note that BSMD courses and conferences are specifically excluded as it is expected that trainees with an interest in medical dermatology will have already attended these.
In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, trainees will be permitted until their CCT date (or end of their post-CCT fellowship) to use the funds to maximize their experiences.
Dermatology Specialty Specific Examination is a desirable qualification. All applications must be from BSMD trainee members and should provide full and realistic costings.
The BSMD website advertises a directory of UK medical dermatologists who have offered to provide clinical experience in their areas of expertise. Potential applicants should contact members of this UK medical dermatology training network to enquire about availability and help construct their suggested award programmes. It would be perfectly acceptable to have several supervisors at different sites as the components of a single award. A list of contact email addresses for directory members is available from Dr. Laura Savage (email@example.com)
Please send your completed application to Laura Savage (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DEADLINE IS 25th Feb 2021.
Required documents include:
Two-sided curriculum vitae.
Personal statement (maximum 500 words) outlining: (i) the reason for the award; (ii) the nature of the desired clinical experience; (iii) details of venues, dates and supervising medical dermatologist(s); (iv) details of conference/meeting which the applicant may wish to attend with justification (not compulsory), and (v) an explanation of how training is expected to be enhanced by the experience.
Letters of support from (i) educational supervisor, (ii) training programme director (home region), (iii) proposed supervisor(s) – copy of email confirmation will be accepted from proposed supervisors.
Costing of proposed award activity.
The fellowship will be expected to be taken up within six months of the award being made and to be completed by the applicants CCT date (or end of post-CCT fellowship). Reimbursement will require submission of receipts to the BSMD treasurer.
A post-award report on the experience must be submitted to the BSMD committee within 3 months of completing the award, and this will be uploaded onto the trainee award section of the BSMD website.
Three BSMD committee members will independently judge the applications and score them out of 10 on the following criteria: (i) degree of commitment; (ii) how strongly the award proposal is supported locally; (iii) relevant experience; (iv) appropriateness of timing in the applicant’s career; (v) overall clarity and coherence of the application. This will give a score out of 50, and these scores will be converted to a ranking of candidates by each judge, which will then be amalgamated to produce an overall ranking for all candidates. These will be reviewed by the judges to ensure there is consensus about the overall winners. If a judge works in the same department as a candidate or is involved in their application they will step out of the judging procedure and the combined rankings of the remaining judges will be used.
Expenses will be reimbursed on completion of the award. Successful applicants should retain all receipts, scan and submit to the treasurer on completion of the award via email. Funds will then be transferred via BACS payment. The expenses form can be found here.