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CRS C015 - Volunteers Abroad Course: Beginner

Tuition fee and ticket required for admission


Date: Sunday, March 23

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room 601

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Director: Camille E. Introcaso, MD, FAAD - Handout

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

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

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


  • 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 23
2:00 PMWelcome And Introduction / Dr. Introcaso
2:05 PMIssues Of Personal Preparedness / Dr. Norton
2:45 PMInternational Opportunities for Dermatology Residents and Attendings / Dr. Introcaso and Kelly
3:20 PMAAD’s Resident International Grant and Native American Health Services Grant / Dr. Tiger and Dr. Ferguson
3:45 PMBreak and Tropical Dermatology Unknown / Dr. Introcaso
4:05 PMPanel Discussion: Challenges and Rewards of Volunteering Abroad / Dr. Rehmus, Dr. Nordlund, and Dr. DeLong
4:55 PMConclusion / Dr. Introcaso