Mentor Program

No matter your schedule or location, you can be a mentor for the next generation of psoriatic disease clinicians and researchers!

Developed in collaboration with the NPF medical board and emeritus medical board, composed of key opinion leaders in the psoriatic disease field, the mentorship program will allow newly practicing physicians and researchers to connect with experts who have many years of experience treating complex psoriatic disease cases. Through the mentorship program, newly practicing physicians and researchers will have access to these leaders for feedback on challenging cases and for career guidance. Early career professional member physicians and researchers may apply for two types of mentorship.

Allison Truong, MD and Kristina Callis Duffin, MD discuss how NPF has helped them to better treat their psoriasis patients and develop strong working relationships.

Types of Mentorship

Virtual Mentorship

Mentors will provide mentorship to an early career member virtually. A requirement of this program is that the participant pairs communicate quarterly, at minimum, to ensure the opportunity to establish a relationship and receive appropriate feedback.

In-Person Shadowing

Early career professional member physicians or researchers who participate in the in-person shadowing program will be paired with a physician or researcher mentor who has agreed to open their clinic or laboratory for shadowing.

Physician participants will accompany their mentor during patient visits to see a broader range of psoriatic disease cases and learn new treatment strategies. In addition, the physicians will learn more about the unique insurance requirements for psoriatic disease, including step therapy, prior authorizations and appealing denials for treatments. Participation in the clinic shadowing program is limited. Clinical shadowing will be offered up to once week.

Early career researchers who are interested in pursuing further studies in psoriatic disease may also shadow established researchers in the laboratory, where they may observe and, if properly trained and research protocols allow, participate in ongoing research projects. This shadowing program will allow early-career researchers the opportunity to view current psoriatic disease research projects, learn new lab techniques, and establish an enduring relationship with a mentor.

NPF will provide a travel subsidy that may be used towards airfare and accommodations.

Application Process

The NPF Mentor Program is open to all early career professional members of the National Psoriasis Foundation, including dermatologists, rheumatologists, residents, fellows, researchers, NPs and PAs.

Applications will be reviewed by NPF and evaluated for thoroughness and thoughtfulness of application responses. The applicants who qualify will be matched to a mentorship position that best fits their preferences and abilities. Applicants will be notified of their status one month after the application deadline.


The 2021 National Psoriasis Foundation Mentor In-Person Shadowing Program is CME accredited!

Accreditation Statement
The National Psoriasis Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The National Psoriasis Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 40.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Ortho Dermatologics and Lilly.

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