In Texas the project is always bigger
Henry Lim and his fellow medical students taught skin health to over 70 children.
Thanks to the guidance and training provided by the AAD’s Good Skin Knowledge program, the Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine had the opportunity to teach 70 students in an underserved community about healthy skin.
General skin health was taught by Ysabelle Martinez and myself. Students learned basic skin anatomy and terminology, such as what an epidermis is. This activity served as an opportunity to explain how melanin pigments our skin and emphasize how the differences in our skin color make us beautiful.
The acne lesson was taught by Samantha Walczak and Cecilia Nguyen. Students learned that pimples are a natural occurrence that many people will have in their lifetime. Our leaders drew upon their previous experiences to further engage students.
Aya Hasan and Haeun Lee taught about healthy sun habits. Students learned how to safely have fun in the sun.
Lastly, the plants and bugs lesson was taught by Elizabeth Thai and Jessica Tran. They cleverly adapted the lesson due to the volume of students. And Joel Kim utilized his tech savvy skills to document the entire journey.
Through serving the community, medical students like us gained valuable experience in leadership and a deeper understanding of dermatology. The greatest lesson learned was our role as educators in the community. A strong comradery was formed between us and the students as we built a solid foundation of healthy skin habits together.
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