2016/17 BSMD medical dermatology training fellowships

Following on from the recently awarded 2016 BMD training fellowships (Dr Antonia Lloyd-Lavery, ST5 trainee from Churchill Hospital, Oxford and Dr Christina Wlodek ST6 trainee from Bristol Royal Infirmary) the BSMD will be inviting 2017 fellowship applications in July (closing date 31st December 2016). This is an excellent opportunity to fund individualised programmes of medical dermatology training: two fellowships will be awarded in open competition to UK and Eire dermatology trainees (including post CCT fellows).

Each fellowship will be funded up to a maximum value of £2500: a suggested programme might be 10 visits to centres where medical dermatology experience can be gained, in addition to attendance at a relevant medical dermatology meeting or conference. 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 fellowship programmes. It would be perfectly acceptable to have several supervisors at different sites as the components of a single fellowship. A list of contact email addresses for directory members is available from Dr Ruth Lamb (rlamb@nhs.net)

Read about previously awarded fellowships

Application procedure

Please send your completed application to Dr Ruth Lamb (rlamb@nhs.net)
BEFORE 31st December 2016.

Required documents include:

1. Two sided CV

2. Personal statement (maximum 500 words) outlining: (i) the reason for the fellowship; (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.

3. 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.

4. Costing of proposed fellowship activity


The fellowship will be expected to be taken up within 6 months of the award being made and to be completed within 18 months. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts to the BSMD treasurer.

Post-fellowship requirements

A post-fellowship report on the experience must be submitted to the BSMD committee within 3 months of completing the fellowship, and this will be uploaded onto the fellowship section of the BSMD website.

Judging procedure

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 fellowship 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 fifty, 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 then they will step out of the judging procedure and the combined rankings of the remaining judges will be used.’

Claiming expenses

Expenses will be reimbursed on completion of the fellowship. Successful applicants should retain all receipts, scan and submit to the treasurer on completion of the fellowship via email. Funds will then be transferred via BACS payment.