June K. Robinson Poster Awards

The Chicago Dermatological Society is pleased to expand its educational mission and also to recognize academic scholarship by sponsoring the June K. Robinson Poster Competition.

Posters should educate health professionals about unusual clinical cases, novel research findings, or innovative medical management/procedures including surgical, laser or cosmetic techniques.  Poster submissions MUST deal with dermatologic disease, either adult or pediatric, and also must document relevant clinical, laboratory, dermatopathologic findings that formed the bases of the clinician's diagnosis and guided selection of therapy.

Contest Categories

  1. General Dermatology
  2. Pediatric Dermatology
  3. Dermatopathology
  4. Dermoscopy
  5. Research
  6. Surgical/Procedural


  • The CDS June K. Robinson Poster Competition is open to Society members, including residents, and to medical students and fellows who are not yet residents. Cases submitted by medical students, pre-residency fellows and dermatology residents must be sponsored by a CDS member.
  • Clinical cases that have been presented at any CDS meeting (current or previous years) are not eligible for submission.
  • The poster should list at the top a title, authors (including the CDS sponsor) and affiliations.  The poster should follow standard formats:
    • Case report format:  abstract, case report with relevant history, clinical findings, biopsy findings, management/treatment, discussion, and references
    • Research format:  abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, and references
  • The abstracts should be between 150 and 300 words in length
  • Please limit references to a maximum of six
  • Clinical photographs must adhere to patient privacy standards.  All identifiable patient photographs (face, unique tattoos, etc.) must be accompanied by a signed consent that includes permission to publish photographs.
  • Authors are encouraged to adhere to the fundamentals of English grammar and spell check the manuscript before submission.  A poorly written poster likely will not receive a favorable review.
  • After preparing your poster, please convert it to a single PDF file and email your submission to Claudia Hernandez, MD at the CDS administrative office... email address:  [email protected]  
    • In your cover email, be sure to include your complete name, email address and preferred phone number.  Submissions missing contact information will not be considered.
    • NOTE - DEADLINE EXTENDED The deadline for submissions is May 10, 2019.  Late entries will not be considered.
    • Please help us stay organized by using the following format on the subject line of your email:  CDS Poster-CATEGORY-LastName  (for example:  "CDS Poster-GeneralDerm-Smith").
    • If submitting more than one entry, send separate emails.
    • Do NOT use Google Drive or Dropbox to transfer the file.  If your file is too big for an email attachment, please send the normal cover email to [email protected], and then upload the actual poster to:
  • The contest entries will be judged by the CDS Scientific Committee.  Decisions of the judges are final.  The judges reserve the right to choose no winner for any category if they find that no poster, in their estimation, merits an award.

Winning entries will be decided before the June 2019 CDS conference.  The first place winner in each category will be presented with a $300 award and will be asked to give a brief (4-5 minute) presentation of the poster at the June 2019 CDS conference.  The top submission abstracts in each category also will be published on the CDS website and/or in a special edition of the CDS newsletter.  If there are more than five submissions in a category, we may add a second prize of $150.

Submission Checklist

  1. Poster with required information in PDF format
  2. Cover email with appropriate subject line and containing contact information of submitter
  3. Consents (including permission to publish) if patient is identifiable

2018 Submissions and Winners

The winners of the 2018 June K. Robinson MD Poster Contest were announced at the CDS-IDS Joint Conference on June 6, 2018.  CLICK HERE to view the results.


Contact Scientific Committee chair Claudia Hernandez, MD at:  [email protected]  or CDS executive director Rich Paul at:  [email protected]

About Dr. June Robinson

June K. Robinson is a Research Professor of Dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.  She was the first woman President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (1994-95), is the past-secretary treasurer of the American Academy of Dermatology and is a past president of the Illinois division of the American Cancer Society. She has served as the editor of the Archives of Dermatology, now JAMA Dermatology, since 2004.  In 2002, Dr. Robinson’s dedication and contributions to the field of dermatology were recognized by the Women’s Dermatologic Society with The Wilma Bergfeld, MD Visionary and Leadership Award. In 2004, her contributions to skin cancer prevention were recognized by the American Cancer Society with the St. George Medal.

Read more about Dr. Robinson HERE.

Last Updated on Thursday, May 02, 2019 11:16 AM