AAD strategic initiatives target global leadership, volunteerism

August 1, 2010

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named global leadership and volunteerism as two of its strategic initiatives for the next five years, according to Wingfield Rehmus, M.D., chairman of the AAD's Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee.

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Schaumburg, Ill. - The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named global leadership and volunteerism as two of its strategic initiatives for the next five years, according to Wingfield Rehmus, M.D., chairman of the AAD's Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee.

"We see part of our responsibility as a global leader as offering education and support to providers who are treating patients in regions of the world that are underserved," says Dr. Rehmus, a dermatologist at BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Volunteers Abroad Course, now in its sixth year, aims to give potential volunteers the information they need to decide what sort of trip to take, as well as the confidence that they can make the trip happen. The interactive course not only covers clinical dermatology in developing countries, but also highlights topics such as cross-cultural communication, pre-trip preparation, and responding to difficult situations.