Calling all junior doctors and medical students! Do you have what it takes to be crowned Battle of the DermSocs Champions?

Show off your leadership and management skills against rival DermSocs whilst raising money for the British Skin Foundation – the UK’s only charity supporting research into skin cancer and all skin disease.

The victorious team will be announced at the British Association of Dermatologists annual conference in July 2020 and will be declared BOTDS champions! 

The initiators of this competition, Sukhjit Dhariwal and Ewa Kloczko are hoping that all DermSocs sign up and get involved with competition this year to support dermatological research.

The pair explain “We created Battle of the DermSocs as a platform for medical students to show that every little fundraising contribution counts! Last year teams taking part in BOTDS raised over £5,000 for vital skin disease research. All you need is good intentions and a bit of courage!"

How to Enter

To enter BOTDS 2019/2020 all you need to do is create your team's bespoke BSF fundraising page. To do this simply click HERE and follow the instructions.

Please ensure you select Battle of the DermSocs 2019/2020 under 'Which appeal would you like to fundraise for?'

Remember, this is a competition! Make sure your page stands out from the rest! We (and competing teams) would love to see how you are getting on so remember to frequently add updates, photos, and videos. 

Winning Categories 

To make things a little more interesting we have three different prizes categories; 

- Battle of the DermSocs Champions: Awarded to the team who raises the most money 

- Most Creative: Awarded to the team who organise, and raise money from, the most creative activity 

- Best Media Presence: Awarded to the team who most impressively and creatively use social media and their fundraising page. 


  • The competition will run from 2nd September 2019 - 8th June 2020.
  • During this time your aim is to raise as much money for the BSF as possible.
  • Funds raised before 2nd September 2019 or after 8th June 2020 will not be counted towards your final total 
  • You are free to raise funds whichever way you wish, nothing is off-limits, as long as it is legal! 
  • All funds you raise are exclusively for the British Skin Foundation 
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of people permitted per team, however, in the spirit of competition all team members should belong to a DermSoc. If your team receives external assistance and wins a category only DermSoc members will be awarded a prize.
  • Have a great time!

Giulia Rinaldi, President of St George's DermSoc and the first Battle of the DermSocs champions had this to say about the society's involvement in BOTDS 2018/19...

"As a newly formed DermSoc at St. George’s what we enjoyed the most was the drive it created for us to work together as a team and generate innovative university events. Importantly, it helped us develop management and financial skills that are essential to run a small business and deliver profitable events.

BOTDS is an amazing initiative that allows DermSocs to contribute to charity and make a true impact to the world of dermatology and research. We cannot recommend participation enough, even a tiny donation can make a huge difference."

            Battle of the DermSocs Champion, SGUL

So what are you waiting for!? Get your team together and sign up today! 

Don't forget to share your BOTDS photos and stories with us via  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BSFcharity using the hashtags #battleofthedermsocs and #GoTeamBSF


If you have any questions please get in touch with Ewa and Suhki on [email protected] or if you have any questions about the charity please contact [email protected]