If you’re a dermatologist planning to attend the next American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in New Orleans, you can make a difference in a neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
The AAD new’s “Dermatologists in Action” program is organizing volunteers to refurbish a local school on February 3, 2011 from noon to 5 PM. (The annual meeting will run from February 4 – 8). December 15, 2010 is the deadline to register.
“There are still a lot of schools struggling after Hurricane Katrina,” Dr. Susan Olbricht said at the annual meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. She is Assistant Secretary and Treasurer for the AAD.
The hands-on volunteer opportunity, planned in conjunction with HandsOn New Orleans, is open to AAD members and spouses, said Dr. Olbricht, who is also Chair of Dermatology at the Lahey Clinic and on the dermatology faculty at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
You can also donate money to the academy’s Sustaining Fund and/or donate requested medical supplies to the Tulane Community Health Center, which serves populations with limited access to primary care.
Remember to pack clothes appropriate for painting and cleaning.
–Damian McNamara, @MedReporter on twitter