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F034 - Volunteers Abroad: Advanced

Friday, February 16; 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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 and discuss the diagnosis and management of diseases commonly seen in developing countries.
  • Discuss potential challenges and pitfalls and how to make the project sustainable. Outline potential ways to develop a central resource center that could help provide valuable information, tools, educational materials for the dermatologist doing humanitarian work abroad.
  • Identify key components of providing clinical care including surgical care, working with a limited formulary, teaching, and conducting dermatologic research through international volunteering, establishing and providing pathology services Also, understand the ethical challenges with doing in resources poor settings.


This advanced volunteer abroad course complements the beginner course. Attendees will be presented with discussions including ethics of volunteering, challenges and pitfalls of starting non-profits or starting a new sustainable volunteer effort, conducting research overseas, starting a surgical volunteering experience, as well as compiling a volunteering toolbox and engaging in discussion with panelists about their experiences. Focus will also be on the challenges of making the volunteer effort sustainable.


  • Freeman, Esther Ellen, MD, PhD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Garibyan, Lilit, MD, PhD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Kovarik, Carrie L., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • McKoy, Karen, MD, MPH: Merck & Co., Inc – O(S); Parexel – C(Fees);
  • Pandya, Amit G., MD: Aclaris Therapeutics Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Clarify Medical Inc. – B(ST); Incyte Corporation – I(Grants/Research Funding); Pfizer Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding);
  • Pasieka, Helena, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Patel, Vishal, MD: Science 37, Inc. – E(SO), SH(ST);
  • Rao, Babar K., MD: Celgene Corporation – SP(H); CureMD, Inc. – C(OB); Lucid, Inc. – C(SO); Sawgio LLC – F(NC);
  • Stoff, Benjamin, MD: Celtaxsys Inc – I(Fees);
  • Strasswimmer, John, MD, PhD: Genentech, Inc. – SP(H); La Roche-Posay Laboratorie Pharmaceutique – Independent Contractor(Grants/Research Funding); Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. – SP(H);
  • Tran, Thanh-Nga Trinh, MD, PhD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Friday, February 16
3:30 PM
Dr. Tran / Introduction
3:35 PM
Dr. Stoff / Ethics in Volunteering
4:00 PM
Dr. Strasswimmer and Dr. Patel / Surgical Volunteering Abroad
4:30 PM
Dr. Rao, Dr. Freeman, and Dr. Kovarik / Conducting Research Overseas/Global Pathology
5:00 PM
Dr. Garibyan, Dr. McKoy, Dr. Pandya, and Dr. Pasieka / Clinical Effort – Tips and Pitfalls
Event Details
  • Date
    Friday, February 16
  • Time
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location
    Room 1A
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Thanh-Nga Trinh Tran, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • John Strasswimmer, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Amit G. Pandya, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Babar K. Rao, MD, FAAD
  • Benjamin Stoff, MD, FAAD
  • Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD
  • Esther Ellen Freeman, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Helena Pasieka, MD, FAAD
  • Karen McKoy, MD, MPH, FAAD
  • Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Vishal Patel, MD, FAAD