Diversity and Inclusion

Our program values at its core the diversity of patients we are privileged to care for, and our department recognizes the need for building that same diversity within our dermatology work force. As a result, we value the life experiences of our applicants, residents and faculty in shaping them to be who they are today. On this page, we aim to highlight resources and opportunities available at Penn, within our department and beyond. We also want to spotlight those individuals in our department who are champions for diversity through their community outreach, research, and mentorship.

Disclaimer: The information on our site is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but some key resources and opportunities that are available to promote diversity and inclusion.



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Skin of Color Society Mentorship Program

“Participating in the Skin of Color Society mentorship program played a crucial role in advancing my pursuit of a career in dermatology and further ignited my passion for this expansive field of medicine. The opportunity to work with Dr. Susan Taylor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine was an unmatched experience for my education and future career. I had the opportunity to learn in depth about hair loss from an expert in the field, as well as learn about the innerworkings of clinical trials using novel drugs for common, distressing diseases. I participated in scholarly work and undertook projects with ample guidance and support each step of the way. Additionally, the chance to be mentored by a Black female physician with similar interests and career goals was invaluable. Representation in medicine matters not only for patients, but also students and trainees—the chance to connect with someone like Dr. Taylor, that parallels who I want to be as a future physician and educator, was refreshing and empowering. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and look forward to giving back in a similar fashion as my career in medicine advances.”

Temitayo A Ogunleye, MD


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