In the past, I've used this space to rally for volunteerism/charitable endeavors and discuss outstanding services performed by those in dermatology. My sense has been that, while I'm not entirely "preaching to the choir," I am addressing a group of specialists, my fellow dermatologists, of whom many graciously give of their time in charitable medical and nonmedical ways.
National report — Free or reduced cost medical care for U.S.
patients without sufficient financial resources is continuing to
decline, further challenging an already stressed safety net in the
nation's healthcare system and putting pressure on physicians
across specialties, including dermatologists.
Controversial as they are, the new regulations have focused attention on the complex payroll withholding system that every dermatology practice must deal with.
I was exceedingly impressed by a conversation I had with Dr. Adelaide Hebert at the University of Texas department of dermatology some time ago. We were discussing residency programs and she informed me that charity or community service work was a requirement for dermatology residents at her institution.