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April 2014

A Privately Organized Dermatology Mission to the Dominican Republic: Show and Tell

Author Affiliations
  • 1George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • 2Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(4):359-360. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7036

Approximately 3.4 billion people live in areas with no access to basic skin treatment.1 Lack of dermatologic care in developing countries is problematic for patients in whom chronic cutaneous conditions are prevalent and seriously affect quality of life.1-4 This shortage provides an opportunity for dermatologists to make a significant impact on international public health. Organizations, such as the International Foundation for Dermatology, and the “community dermatology” concept were created to improve access to dermatologic care at the local and primary care levels.1,4 Short-term missions to developing countries are also an effective means of providing care.3,5 Previously published guides for dermatology missions refer to those that are affiliated with an organization.5-7 Herein, we describe the preparation for and implementation of a privately organized dermatology mission to the village of Imbert in the Dominican Republic, which may serve as a guide to other dermatologists who wish to organize a similar trip.

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