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CRS C018 - Volunteers Abroad Course: Beginner

Tuition fee and ticket required for admission


Date: Sunday, March 03

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room A110/111

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Director: Camille E. Introcaso, MD, FAAD


  • Ronald M. Bernardin, MD, FAAD
  • Nancy Kelly
  • James J. Nordlund, MD, FAAD
  • Scott A. Norton, MD, MPH, FAAD - Handout
  • Neil Prose, MD, FAAD
  • Wingfield Ellis Rehmus, MD, MPH, FAAD
  • Campbell Stewart, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Marta Jane Van Beek, MD, MPH, FAAD

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 clinical care and education abroad
  • Summarize opportunities and challenges that commonly arise for dermatologists volunteering abroad

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 give an introduction to dermatologic diseases encountered in developing countries. Using a combination of individual speakers and panelists, this course will cover intercultural communication, personal preparedness, and delivery of effective care in developing countries, including how to work with a limited formulary. Registration includes a networking reception for participants and speakers of both courses immediately following the Beginner’s course on Sunday, March 3, 2013.


  • Norton S. The dermatologist's baedeker: preparation for medical assistance missions. Dermatol Clin 1999;17(1):187-208.
  • Introcaso CE, Kovarik KL. Dermatology in Botswana: the American Academy of Dermatology's Resident International Grant. Dermatol Clin 2011;29(1):63-7.
  • Ryan TJ. Dermatology in the developing world. Needs and solutions. Dermatol Clin 2000;18:201-10.


Sunday, March 03
2:00 PMWelcome and Introduction / Dr. Introcaso
2:05 PMIssues of Personal Preparedness / Dr. Norton
2:35 PMQuestions for Dr. Norton /
2:40 PMInternational Volunteerism As A Resident / Dr. Stewart
2:55 PMQuestions for Dr. Stewart /
3:00 PMWorking With a Limited Formulary / Dr. VanBeek
3:20 PMQuestions for Dr. Van Beek /
3:25 PMBreak (Tropical Dermatology Case Review) /
3:35 PMAnswer to Tropical Dermatology Cases / Dr. Introcaso
3:40 PMPanel discussion: deciding to volunteer, finding the right position for your career, challenges and rewards of international volunteering / Dr. Nordlund, Dr. Rehmus, Dr. Bernardin, Kelly, and Dr. Prose
4:55 PMConclusion / Dr. Introcaso