Tirsit Retta 2017-08-11 04:43:43
"The way the materials were prepared made my teaching process very comfortable and understandable to students." – Tirsit Retta, MD I am a young academic dermatovenerologist practicing in a teaching university in Ethiopia. Overall, I have over five years of experience working as a physician, academic dermatologist, and researcher in the field of dermatology in multiple universities and hospitals in Ethiopia and other African countries. Getting important teaching aids is one of the challenges that I always face. While I was a dermatology resident, I always turned to the AAD website for updates and guidelines. One day, I saw this link about requests for laminated cards for developing countries and I immediately filled out the request form. Within a month, I had received the four laminated cards that I requested. I found these cards very interesting in that they were very precise and descriptive and my colleagues and students loved how it made my teaching very easy. These laminated cards are called Skin Disease Education Cards and are prepared by the AAD’s Education and Volunteers Aboard Committee. The pictorial content for each disease is very helpful, precise, and clearly outlines the definition and clinical features with the real case images, and most importantly, the management algorithm and rational treatment options. The way the materials were prepared made my teaching process very comfortable and understandable to students. It really addressed one of our challenges in the teaching/learning process. This free resource from the AAD was appreciated and publicly recognized by Jimma University. My discussion with my department and college about it really motivated faculty members for further collaboration. By expressing their gratitude, members emphasized that our department will continue to expand the scope of its collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology and other interested institutions. Such collaborations would help to improve the quality of education in Ethiopia and open an opportunity for international scholars to initiate research on tropical dermatological cases. For more information about Skin Disease Education Cards, visit: www.aad.org/skindiseasecards See your story in Aspire! Aspire is currently accepting submissions for your story ideas. What great volunteer work are you doing? Are you chairing an event for a non-profit in your community? We are looking for inspirational stories about giving — and giving back. Submit your story ideas to email@example.com today!
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