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What is the Foundation for Osteopathic Dermatology?
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What is FOD?

The Foundation for Osteopathic Dermatology was founded in 2004 by the AOCD as a unique extension of the Osteopathic Dermatology community. Its purpose is to improve the standards of the practice of Osteopathic Dermatology by raising awareness, providing public health information, conducting charitable events, and supporting research through grants and awards given to those applicants under the jurisdiction of Osteopathic Dermatology Physicians.

How Does FOD receive its Funding?

Thank you for your interest in helping the FOD. Funding is solely through voluntary donations from physicians and members of the Osteopathic Dermatology community and the generous sponsorship of corporate donors. To make a tax-deductible donation that supports research, grants and other FOD programs, please send a check or money order to:

FOD C/O AOCD
P.O. Box 7525
Kirksville, MO 63501

What are the Research Awards and How are they Distributed?

There are two types of Research Awards available, the Resident Award, and Attending Physician Award.

The Resident Research Awards are given to three residents (or recently graduated physicians) for research conducted during residency training. Distributed annually in the fall, awards are granted to the top three resident research projects from those submitted to the FOD Research Award Committee. All research must be conducted by the osteopathic resident in an AOCD accredited program and under the supervision of the program director or research director. All research must be completed within six months of submission.  Awards include a $500 stipend for the first place project, $300 stipend for the second place project, and $100 stipend for the third place project.

The Attending Physician Award is given to a board certified physician submitting the best research project as judged by the FOD Research Grant Committee. The research must be conducted by an osteopathic dermatologist in an accredited institution and be completed within the last calendar year. The Attending Physician Award is $500.

How are Research Grants Distributed?

The FOD instituted a research grants program to encourage and support scientific investigations into the potential causes of dermatological issues and other key aspects of various dermatological conditions. Research grants are provided to encourage improvement in its treatment, potential prevention and/or cure in the related Dermatology field.

There are multiple grants available to an Osteopathic Dermatologist. They include:

The FOD Resident Research Grant is awarded annually to an osteopathic dermatology resident in an AOA accredited institution. The purpose of this grant is to foster research in dermatology medicine conducted by dermatologists at a graduate level. The grant ranges from $500 to $1000 annually.

The FOD Young Investigator Grant is awarded annually to an osteopathic dermatologist who is a graduate of an accredited dermatology residency and practicing dermatology in an accredited institution for five years or less. The purpose of this grant is to foster research among young dermatologists and is awarded to promising physician researchers meeting these criteria. The grant is $1000 annually.

The FOD Investigator Grant is awarded annually to an established osteopathic physician who is certified in dermatology and conducting research in dermatology at an accredited institution. The purpose of this grant is to sponsor or co-sponsor research in any area of dermatology. The grant is $1000 annually.

The FOD Charitable Award is awarded annually to an osteopathic physician who is certified in dermatology and providing care in a developing country. The purpose of this award is to sponsor a dermatologist helping to improve the dermatologic needs of that specific country. The award is $1000 annually.

How Do I Apply for Grants and Awards?

All requests for grants and awards are submitted in accordance with established guidelines and deadlines for the individual grants and are subject to review by established procedures of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. All areas of dermatology research will be considered based on their scientific merit. Researchers interested in applying for a research grant can call the Foundation office for an application.

What are the Deadlines?

Award and grant requests must be applied for between June 1st and August 1st annually.

How are Grant Funds Distributed?

Applicants receiving grants for any of the programs described in this brochure will receive their grant monies in one payment Distributions will be made on or about January 1.

Who Makes the Determination for Acceptance?

Applications for research grants are reviewed for validity and efficacy by the Committee on Research of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, which submits a recommendation to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. The Board will determine the selection of grant applicants and the amount of grant monies allocated based on funds available in the grant category.

All applicants will be notified of the receipt of their application within thirty days and the determination of the Board within ten days of action of this body.

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