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F070 - Humanitarian work in America: A Dermatologist’s Role

Saturday, March 2; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of a dermatologist in the care of vulnerable American communities, including patients experiencing homelessness, transgender patients, underinsured communities and patients served by the Veteran’s Affairs and Indian Health Service.
  • Identify common skin conditions in high risk American populations and discuss key components to providing clinical care, including potential barriers, ethical considerations and sustainability.
  • Discuss ways to incorporate community health, volunteerism and local humanitarian work into a career in dermatology.


Though the Affordable Care Act reduced the number of uninsured Americans, many patients remain underinsured or without access to dermatologic care. Vulnerable and marginalized populations include those experiencing homelessness, patients struggling with addiction, veterans, transgender patients and American Indians. We will discuss the role of dermatologists in the care of these patients, including diagnosis and management of skin conditions observed in these populations. Potential barriers to local humanitarian work, ethical considerations, sustainability and career paths in community health and advocacy will be discussed. The issues addressed in this novel session are integral to the AAD core value of social responsibility.


  • Cavanaugh-Hussey, Margaret, MD, MPH: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Dommasch, Erica Diane, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Gonzalez, Ernesto, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Strasswimmer, John, MD, PhD: Genentech, Inc. – SP(H); La Roche-Posay Laboratorie Pharmaceutique – Independent Contractor(Grants/Research Funding); Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. – SP(H);
  • Tan, Jennifer, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Saturday, March 2
1:00 PM
Dr. Gonzalez / Incorporating philanthropy and volunteerism into a career in dermatology
1:25 PM
Dr. Cavanaugh-Hussey / Sustained partnerships with the Veterans Health Administration and Indian Health Service
1:50 PM
Dr. Dommasch / Caring for the Transgender Patient:
2:15 PM
Dr. Strasswimmer / Surgical considerations in vulnerable populations
2:40 PM
Dr. Tan / Dermatology and Homeless Medicine
Event Details
  • Date
    Saturday, March 2
  • Time
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location
    Room 152B
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Jennifer Tan, MD, FAAD
  • Erica Diane Dommasch, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, FAAD
  • John Strasswimmer, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Margaret Cavanaugh-Hussey, MD, MPH, FAAD