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Using passion about dermatology to impact community

Therese Anne Limbana is a fourth-year medical student at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Therese Anne's story

Therese Anne Limbana, fourth-year medical student at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Therese Anne Limbana, fourth-year medical student.
My path to medicine started when I was infected as a child with several dermatologic conditions and tuberculosis. This early experience nurtured my curiosity and love for science. I began to understand that a robust health care system is one of the foundations of a prosperous society and that health is indeed the most precious gem each of us should protect. I continue to carry this belief today. Given a chance to study and practice osteopathic medicine, my goal is to reach out to the underserved and live a life of service while embracing lifelong learning.

As I was looking for ways to make an impact to my community, and projects that I am passionate about, I have gotten to know the AAD’s Good Skin Knowledge Program (GSK). Not only that, I am very passionate about education, dermatology, and reaching out to the vulnerable population. I was especially interested in having a project that will be beneficial to the kids in the community. I lived close to the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club (GCBGC), and I fostered a relationship with them through the school outreach programs. So, when the AAD approved my grant application, I had no doubt that my first recipient would be the GCBGC.

The GSK at GCBGC was carried out once a week in the month of October 2022. I was able to help teach kids about the skin, how to take care of it, and sun protection. These are simple things to teach, but I know that it will create an impact for the kids’ families.

Every week, we asked the kids what they learned and what are the things they shared with their parents and siblings. I was so inspired by how much information they can get, and how interested they were, especially about the acne topic. There were approximately 25-35 kids aged 8-12 years old who attended the events. All were thrilled with the crafts we made every week. There was also a high participation rate in the games.

I am so happy that I was able to give back to my community, as I was once a recipient of these events when I was younger. I really thank the AAD for entrusting me with the opportunity to teach Good Skin Knowledge to the kids at GCBGC. It was indeed an experience that I will forever cherish.

It is truly humbling to have been selected by the AAD to teach these students about topics in my passion of dermatology. I look forward to a career that will not only allow me to counsel patients on dermatologic conditions, but also offer me more volunteer opportunities to educate and explain the importance of taking an active role in one’s skin health.

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