By John Carruthers, assistant editor, March 03, 2014
New Delhi dermatologist Rashmi Sarkar, MD, realized years ago that building a stronger specialty in India required stronger mentorship programs and more interaction with international colleagues. Not one to leave the work to others, she became heavily involved in the international arm of the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), became the founding editor of the Asian Pigment Bulletin, and brought young dermatologists into the fold in multiple international societies and publications. In the meantime, she still managed to continue seeing patients, supervise research, and volunteer at a camp for orphan girls in her hometown.
"When people who have been helped by these mentorship programs come back and speak with me, it urgers me to work harder."
- Dr. Sarkar became interested in volunteering within the specialty when she received a WDS travel grant to the Academy’s 64th Annual Meeting in 2006.
- “Attending the lectures and the WDS luncheon made me aware of the importance of fostering mentorships and friendships among women dermatologists globally,” Dr. Sarkar said. “It made me want to be a part of the process.”
- As part of her volunteer membership work with the WDS, Dr. Sarkar has increased the society’s membership rate in her country by 100 percent. She is also serving as the 2014-2015 national secretary of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists.
- “I am dedicated to helping fellow dermatologists in their professional growth and in expanding opportunities in India for colleagues to connect, support one another, exchange ideas, and advance dermatology overall,” she said. She mentors younger dermatologists, helping them find opportunities to participate, earn scholarships, and have their manuscripts published.
- “Volunteering my time excites me. It helps in building international liaisons for research and mentoring, which works well for me and the young dermatologists in India.”
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