By John Carruthers, staff writer, April 02, 2012
Building a curriculum for educating physicians and medical students overseas is one of the most time-consuming parts of bringing dermatology education abroad. For University of Michigan dermatopathology fellow Casey Carlos, MD, PhD, doing so is an opportunity to expand her knowledge base and reconnect with what she loves about medicine.
“I was lucky to have good mentors and a lot of opportunities for volunteer work.”
- Since 2008, Dr. Carlos has worked extensively with Carrie Kovarik, MD, one of her mentors during residency at the University of Pennsylvania, to bring quality dermatology education to medical students in countries around the world.
- “My father was a physician, and he always spent a lot of time volunteering and taking care of others. I grew up with that as my example.”
- In August 2009, Dr. Carlos traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, which was just beginning the rebuilding process after years of violent unrest. She and Dr. Kovarik gave 20 hours of lectures on dermatology and dermatopathology to the medical students at John F. Kennedy Hospital.
- “Everything had been bombed and gutted, but they had kept the medical school open. The United Nations was still on the ground, and there was a very precarious feeling in the country.”
- In addition, Dr. Carlos has traveled to the University of Costa Rica to lecture with Dr. Kovarik on dermatopathology for Mohs surgery, developed case-based dermatology lectures in Lima, Peru, and has worked in Botswana as a volunteer as part of the AAD Resident International Grant program.
- “A big part of why I love this is learning — meeting these wonderful people and exchanging information. Whenever I’ve come back to the U.S., I feel like I’m re-focused on why I went into medicine.”
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