HSF Mentorship Grant



The purpose of the award is to develop clinical and procedural skills as well as mentoring relationships between trainees and HS experts that might not otherwise be possible due to distance or funding availability. The goal of this program is to develop clinical, surgical, and leadership potential in candidates interested in HS research and clinical care. Priority will be given to practitioners from states without an HS clinic (current clinics listed on HSF website).

Program – Mentored Educational Experience 

The Board of Directors of the HSF instituted this grant to foster the interest and abilities of students, residents, and faculty in the care of patients with HS and to consider careers that include HS-related clinical care, research, and/or teaching. Awardees will learn to manage patients with HS under the direction of an HSF member. Awardees may also discuss opportunities to conduct and publish research related to HS. 

The HSF invites Residents, Post-Dermatology Residency Fellows, and Faculty to apply for the HSF Mentorship Award. If selected, awardees will receive up to $2,000 for direct expenses associated with spending up to 4 weeks working in-person and being mentored by an HSF member. 

Prior to arriving for the in-person portion of the mentored educational experience, the awardee and mentor will work together to tailor an experience that will match the awardee’s interests. During the in-person experience, awardees will spend the day learning and collaborating with their mentor to provide outpatient, procedural, and/or inpatient care with a focus on HS management. Throughout the experience, awardees will also spend time reviewing, critiquing, and synthesizing the medical literature as well as participate in quality improvement and/or research projects with their mentor, which may result in publications. In addition, awardees may participate in didactics (educational conferences) held at the mentor’s location and assist with general dermatology outpatient clinical care.

Program Requirements

  •      Applicants must be residents in training or faculty within 10 years of appointment at a North American institution.
  •      Mentors must be an HSF board member or active in HS patient care, education or research. 
  •      Mentee should work with mentor to develop a plan for clinical skills development or research project.
  •      Mentor and mentee cannot be from the same institution.
  •      Mentors may host no more than 2 awardees in a given academic year.
  •      There is a limit of 1 award per mentee. Prior awardees may not reapply.
  •       Funding will only be granted to mentorship projects with no additional funding. If an applicant accepts funding from another             organization for the same proposal or is unable to complete his/her mentorship, the awarded funds must be returned to HSF.
  •       The rotation time frame must begin after the receipt of the award.
  •       The weeks of mentorship do not have to be consecutive.

Budget Guidelines

Anticipated expenses must be submitted and include only reasonable direct incidentals such as transportation, lodging, food and supplies for the mentorship rotation.  Salaries, malpractice insurance, indirect or overhead costs, are not covered expenses.  All funds must be used within 18 months of notification.

Application Checklist

Mentorship Award Application to Include:
- Statement of Purpose (1 page limit, Arial 11pt font) with:
- Mentee’s career goals
- Goals of the proposed mentorship and any specific project planned
- Impact the planned mentorship will have on your future career as a leader in the field of HS research and/or clinical care?
- Applicant's Curriculum Vitae
- Proposed Budget ($2,000 maximum)
- Letter of Support from applicant’s supervisor, such as Department head, Chair and/or Program Director. 
- Letter of Support from HSF Mentor

Upon Completion of Mentorship Experience

Awardees must submit to the HSF a one page report no later than one month after completing their mentorship experience.
In addition, the mentee is required to submit a final summary report and headshot that will be published in the annual report and/or on the HSF website and SHSA. The summary report should provide a detailed description of the mentorship experience and highlight your experience and how it has enhanced your career development and growth in caring for HS patients.