About The AID Externship Program

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The AID Externship Program is designed to facilitate unique educational experiences by enabling firsthand participation at dermatology-focused companies. The Externship Program provides interested individuals a means to explore a variety of opportunities in product and services development in addition to traditional clinic and academic careers. The scope and length of the externship is based on the objectives of the participating organization and extern.

Application Cycle

There is one application cycle per academic year. However, applicants may apply for consideration for experiences throughout the academic year. You may apply to one or multiple of the externship experiences listed below. Please review postings and then proceed to the application. Additional opportunities will be posted in late summer/early fall of the 2023 academic year.

We are no longer accepting applications. The next application cycle will open in the fall of 2023.



Brief description of company:
Novan, Inc. is a medical dermatology company primarily focused on researching, developing and commercializing innovative therapeutic products for skin diseases.

Mentor: Tomoko Maeda-Chubachi, MD, PhD, MBA

Number of externs: 2 to 3

Duration of externship: 3 weeks to 3 months. The actual timing needs to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Format: Either onsite (Durham, North Carolina) or virtual

Activities/Responsibilities: Depending on the stage of the various company projects and the extern’s interest, the externs will engage the following activities. The activities would mainly involve shadowing the Chief Medical Officer and Medical/Clinical affairs’ support. It may be possible to have an opportunity to participate in research (analytical science, translational research).

a. NDA support (literature search, writing, reviewing) – molluscum contagiosum

b. Portfolio prioritization support (dermatology indications)

c. Clinical trial support (protocol development, safety review, communication with investigators, clinical study report writing/review)

d. Review/discussion about investigator-initiated research

e. Publication support (data mining, writing, creating tables/figures, interpretation, poster creation, etc)

f. Educational material creation to support medical science liaisons

Prerequisite experience/qualifications needed: high speed, reliable and secure internet connection


Brief description of company:

VeraDermics Inc. is a dermatology-focused pharmaceutical start-up founded by dermatologists in 2019. At VeraDermics, we use our end-user knowledge as dermatologists to identify solutions to common dermatologic conditions that meet the needs of patients and their physicians alike.

Our lead product is an immunotherapy-containing dissolvable microneedle patch developed for the treatment of warts. We are creating this product because we want to take the fear and pain out of wart treatments for children. We aim to test WartPatch in a clinical trial in 2022.

In September 2021, VeraDermics Inc. raised a Series A financing. One of the goals of this financing is to identify and in-license additional products to expand our pipeline.

Mentor: Tim Durso, MD and Reid Waldman, MD

Number of externs: 1-2

Duration of externship: Duration is flexible, 3M-12M

Format: The externship will be virtual

We are seeking an AID Extern who is interested in developing relationships with start-ups and university tech transfer offices to help us identify promising technologies. The extern will:
– Establish Relationships with University Tech Transfer Offices
– Identify Promising Therapeutics with Dermatologic Applications
– Present Promising Therapeutics to the VeraDermics Executive Team

Prerequisite experience/qualifications needed:
Must be a dermatology resident



Blake Brooks, MD, MS; Dermatologist, St. Luke’s Dermatology

Afton Chavez Cobb, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Dermatologist, Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Jamie Breslin, PhD; Executive Director, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology

William Ju, MD, FAAD; President & Founding Trustee, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology

Brandon Kirsch, MD, FAAD; Dermatologist, Kirsch Dermatology

Morgan Murphrey, MD; Chief Resident, UC Davis Department of Dermatology