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Volunteers Abroad course

Offered at the Annual Meeting, this course prepares dermatologists for humanitarian medical missions overseas. The 2014 course is split into two sessions:

Beginner session: March 23, 2014, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Director:
Camille E. Introcaso, MD, FAAD

Speakers:
  • Laura K. DeLong, MD, FAAD
  • Nkanyezi Emily Ferguson, MD
  • Nancy Kelly
  • James J. Nordlund, MD, FAAD
  • Scott A. Norton, MD, MPH, FAAD
  • Wingfield Ellis Rehmus, MD, MPH, FAAD
  • Victoria Rose Sharon, MD, FAAD
  • Jeffrey B Tiger, MD

Learning objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize the dermatologist's role in international volunteering
  • Identify steps necessary to participate in dermatologic clinical care and education abroad
  • Summarize opportunities and challenges that commonly arise for dermatologists volunteering abroad

Description:
This course provides dermatologists and dermatology residents with an introduction to effective ways to volunteer abroad. The speakers will review the need for dermatologists in developing countries, describe international opportunities, and introduce dermatologic diseases encountered in developing countries. Using a combination of speakers and panelists, this course will cover identifying opportunities to volunteer as a resident and attending, personal preparedness, and delivery of effective care in developing countries. Registration includes a networking reception for participants and speakers of both courses immediately following the Beginner’s course on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

4.75 Category 1 CME credits

Course brochure, schedule and speaker information
Advanced session: March 24, 2014, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Director:
Camille E. Introcaso, MD, FAAD

Speakers:
  • Daniel Berg, MD, FAAD
  • Casey Anderson Carlos, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Esther Ellen Freeman, MD, PhD
  • Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Benjamin Stoff, MD, FAAD

Learning objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize the dermatologist's role in development of sustainable dermatology services in developing countries
  • Discuss the diagnosis and management of diseases commonly seen in developing countries
  • Identify key components of providing clinical care including surgical care, working with a limited formulary, teaching, and conducting dermatologic research through international volunteering

Description:
This course discusses some issues from the Beginner course in more detail, including how to develop a leadership role as an international volunteer. Using the audience response system, the course stresses working with local populations to address dermatologic needs sustainably, and includes working with a limited formulary and developing surgical clinics, dermatologic curricula, and performing appropriate dermatologic research. Registration includes a networking reception for participants and speakers of both courses immediately following the Beginner’s course on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

3.75 Category 1 CME credits

Course brochure, schedule and speaker information

AAD skin disease education cards

Developed by the Academy's Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee, the AAD skin disease education cards assist Academy members volunteering or working in developing countries in the training of non-dermatologists, both physicians and non physicians, about skin diseases. They provide concise information and include representative photographs of skin disorders common throughout the developed and developing world, clinical features, transmission, complications and treatments of these diseases. Card sets also are available in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese. Upon request, hard copies can be shipped to interested volunteers for use during their next  trip. 

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Funding resources:

Additional opportunities for volunteering abroad

References and resources for humanitarian missions

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