Dermatology Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) Scholars Program

Our summer enrichment program is designed to provide UIM medical students with dermatology clinical exposure and career development, and to inspire and cultivate future physicians.

Quick Facts

  • Current Phase 1 SMPH UIM students can apply; position is paid
  • Program runs from May through August
  • Deadline for Dermatology UIM Program Interest Survey for Summer 2023 is March 31, 2023; applications will be considered on a rolling basis
  • Program includes exposure to all aspects of clinical dermatology, including medical, surgical, and laboratory
  • Provides opportunity to explore candidate’s specific medical interest, which may include project or presentation
  • Program includes one-on-one mentorship with dermatology faculty
  • Opportunity to attend clinical lectures

How to Apply

  • Submitted applications will be reviewed starting December 2022
  • Respond to the Dermatology UIM Program Interest Survey (Deadline for Summer 2023 is March 31, 2023 or until all positions are filled).
  • Applications may be submitted beginning December 1, 2022 and decisions may be made as applications are received


Who are we looking for?

We seek to expose UW medical students from underrepresented populations who would like to learn more about a career in dermatology.

How many positions are available?

The department will offer up to three UIM Scholars Program positions each year.

How many weeks does the Dermatology UIM program last?

The program lasts 8-10 weeks during the summer break between May and August.

Does the UIM Scholars Program pay?

Accepted UIM scholars are paid a stipend of $400/week.

Who do I contact with questions?

  • If you have questions about Dermatology’s UIM Scholars Program or application survey, contact Mary Poellinger.
  • For additional questions about the program, please contact Department of Dermatology DEI Lead, Dr. Dan Bennett.

Who is considered an Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) student?

The Association of American Colleges (AAMC) defines UIM status applicants as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” This includes but is not limited to the following populations:

  • Black/African American
  • Native American (American Indian, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian)
  • Mexican American
  • Mainland Puerto Rican


Dr. Daniel Bennett
Dermatology DEI Faculty Lead

Mary Poellinger
Dermatology UIM Program Administrative Contact

Dr. Jeanette Comstock
Dermatology UIM Program Resident Contact

To Heal
To Educate
To Discover

Our Mission