Community Dermatology 2010/Dermatología Comunitaria A.C.

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Community Dermatology 2010/Dermatología Comunitaria A.C.

  1. 1. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 1 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology Community Dermatology 2010/Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Training Schedule: courses offered to primary care health personnel and clinics for marginalized communities in Guerrero State Date Activity Site Zone FEBRUARY 2010 Thursday February 18 Teledermatology Chilpancingo Center Friday February 19 1st course Chilpancingo Center Saturday February 20 1st jornada Aguacatepec Center APRIL 2010 Friday April 16 2nd course Tlapa Montaña Saturday April 17 2nd Jornada Tlapa Clínica MAS Montaña JUNE 2010 Friday June 11 3rd course Taxco Norte Saturday June 12 3rd Jornada Ixcateopan Norte JULY 2010 Friday July 23 4th course Tecpan Costa grande Saturday July 24 4th Jornada Nuxco Costa grande SEPTEMBER 2010 Friday September 24 5th course Ometepec Costa chica Saturday September 25 5th Jornada Juchitán Costa chica OCTOBER 2010 Friday October 22 6th course Cd. Altamirano Tierra caliente Saturday October 23 6th Jornada Sn Miguel Totolapa Tierra caliente DECEMBER 2010 Friday December 3 7th course Acapulco Acapulco Saturday December 4 7th jornada El Conchero Acapulco Award and Closing ceremonies for Community Dermatology
  2. 2. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 2 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology 2010 Schedule of Activities for Community Dermatology The activities described depend on the active support of the officials and personnel of the State Secretary of Health. The program relies on them for material resources, arranging sites for the courses and jornadas, and the transportation of our physicians, other health care providers, and medications. They are also provide personnel to help with the courses and jornadas. The International League of Dermatologic Societies, through the International Foundation for Dermatology, has provided funds for the manuals that are provided to all course participants free of charge. We also thank them for the funds used for the acquisition of medications that are distributed without cost, and for the transportation of patients with serious dermatologic illness. These efforts have also been generously supported by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The AAD also helps recruit dermatologist volunteers, who regularly accompany us in the visits to the communities. The support of the AAD also enables us to purchase needed medicines. We are grateful for all your participation and support! Teledermatology Course for Regional Coordinators, (February 18, 2010) For the first time this year, we are offering a course in teledermatology, with the goal of unifying our Community Dermatology program and creating links with a new program, Latin American Teledermatology. The coordinators of the course will be Dr. Carrie Kovarik, director of Latin American Teledermatology, Dr. Neil Prose of the American Academy of Dermatology, Donald Yansen, director of Click Diagnostics, and Dr. Roberto Estrada, director of Community Dermatology. In this session, we will train selected health care providers to transmit photos and data related to complicated patients, obtain suggestions for diagnosis and recommendations for treatment, and, when necessary, refer the patients via Community Dermatology to specialists at secondary and tertiary care hospitals. Basic Dermatology Course Targeted to GPs, students in social service, nurses and Health Technicians, the course take place on Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. At the beginning and the end of the course there is a test for the health personnel to evaluate their improvement. A basic dermatology manual is offered to all attendees. The course includes the most common skin disorders observed in the communities of Guerrero, Occasionally some of the doctors in the communities bring special cases and these are discussed. All our courses have the same features. Course attendants are invited to participate in the jornada on the day after, in order to supplement their training. Jornadas The day after the course we travel to a nearby poor community where the population has been invited to attend to receive free dermatological care, as well as free distribution of medication. At the Jornada, depending on the number of dermatologists and the number of patients, we assign the registered patients to consultation rooms (or desks). We record information and epidemiological data,
  3. 3. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 3 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology and participants at all levels of training can participate. Depending on the area, we investigate the presence of tropical diseases that are endemic (mycetoma, sporotrichosis, tuberculosis, leprosy, etc). Especially complicated patients are referred to secondary or tertiary hospital, with the help of the local department of health. Very important information: Even though we will try not to change places or dates of courses and jornadas, sometimes we are forced to do so. We will communicate in advance to all interested people about these changes. All the training courses take place on Friday and the jornadas on Saturday. We strongly recommend that you are at the meeting point (when noted on the schedule), one night before (Thursday.), The training course starts early Friday morning (9am). We have attached a Guerrero state map, in order for participants to easily to identify where the training courses and clinics (Jornadas) will take place. If you are interested in participating, we need to confirm your attendance at least two months in advance, as the transportation and accommodation is limited. We need to know the exact number of people attending the jornadas. Unfortunately we cannot include relatives or friends traveling with you who will not be participating directly in the JORNADA. We appreciate your help and interest in these wonderful activities. Unfortunately our budget is very low, so we cannot pay any of the expenses of the participants. We are able to suggest adequate and well located hotels in the cities where the courses and jornadas take place.
  4. 4. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 4 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology Map of Guerrero State with locations of course and jornadas Highlights of courses and jornadas for 2010 First course: Friday, Feburary 18, 2010 in Chilpancingo Meeting site on Thursday: Chilpancingo. Hotel del Parque (behind Zocalo). The course will take place in a facility chosen by the Secretary of Health. After the course, participants will have a free afternoon in the city. Interesting points: Cathedral, Historical Museum, State Library and University of Guerrero all in Chilpancingo, which is the Capital City of Guerrero State. First jornada: Saturday, February 19, 2010 in Aguacatepec (subject to change) Area:center 1. Chilpo 1. Aguacatpec|. Atliaca. 2.Tlapa 2. Tlapa 3.Taxco 3.Ixcateop6.Altamirano 6. Sn Miguel 55.. CCooppaallaa 55.. JJuucchhiittáánn 4.Tecpan 4.Nuxco Union 6.Ayutla7.Acapulco 7. El Conchero
  5. 5. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 5 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology We will leave Chilpancingo at 7 AM and travel two hours. The local population is “mestizo” with strong indigenous roots, and are farmers. We have encountered in this area: sporotrichosis, mycetoma, cutaneous tuberculosis and other tropical diseases. We plan to begin at 10 AM and finish at 4 PM. Second course: Friday, April 16, 2010 in Tlapa Meeting site (Thursday , day before) in Chilpancingo in the Secretary of Health building. Leave Chilpancingo approx 3PM. Tlapa is 4 hours away. We will spend 2 nights there. The course begins Friday morning at 9 AM and ends at 3PM. At 5 in the afternoon, we will see patients in the MAS Clinic in this city. Places of interest: church, town square (with murals about local history, and a market ), lots of handicrafts, including wooden boxes from Olinala. Second jornada, Saturday, April 17, 2010 in MAS Clinic in Tlapa (subject to change) Area: Mountains The MAS (Medicine and Social Assistance) Clinic is dedicated to the care of the needy. They have asked us to conduct our clinic in their facility. The population is indigenous “Tlapanecos”, many of whom speak only their original language. They live in extreme poverty, and diseases associated with poverty are common. We will return to Chilpancingo on Saturday after lunch. Third course, Friday, June 11, 2010 in Taxco de Alarcon Area: North Meeting point: Taxco, Thursday night, in the Hotel Loma Linda at 8PM. This is one of the most beautiful and interesting areas of Guerrero state, with a strong colonial flavor, unique in Mexico. We will stay two nights in Taxco. Taxco is two hours away from Mexico City; therefore it will be easier to travel from this city rather than from Acapulco. After the course we have a free afternoon. Places of interest around: Santa Prisca church classical Barroco style, silver shops, and Cacahuamilpa caves a half hour from Taxco. Third jornada: Saturday, June 12, 2010 in Ixcateopan (subject to change) Area: North This historic city is located 1 ½ hours from Taxco. It is said to be the burial place of Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor. The “mestizo” population speaks Spanish. This area is rich in handicrafts made of marble and there is a museum of indigenous history that is worth visiting. Fourth course: Friday, July 23, 2010 in Tecpan de Galeana Area: Costa Grande Meeting site Acapulco at the Papagayo Medical Building, next to “Parque Papagayo” (same Friday) leaving at 6 AM. Tecpan is 2 hours from Acapulco, and we will go directly to the course. We have a free afternoon in Tecpan.
  6. 6. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 6 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology Fourth jornada: Saturday, July 24, 2010 in Nuxco (subject to change) Area: Costa Grande We will leave Tecpan at 8 AM and travel to this village (1/2 hour), where we will have breakfast. We plan to finish at 4 PM and then return to Acapulco. Fifth course: Friday, September 24, 2010 in Ometepec Area: Costa Chica Meeting site: Papagayo Medical Building, next to Papagayo Park in Acapulco on Thursday, Sept 23 at 4 PM. We will travel for 3 hours to Ometepec, which is one of the principle cities of the Costa Chica. We will stay in Ometepec for 2 nights. The course usually takes place at the General Hospital. After the course, we will have a free afternoon in Ometepec. Those interested can viist Xochistlahuaca, a town of ethnic Amuzgans, very rich in textiles and handicrafts. Fifth jornada: Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Juchitan (subject to change) Area: Costa Chica After breakfast, we will travel to this town, which is found along the road between Oaxaca and Mexico City. In the Costa Chica, we encounter mycetoma, as well as cutaneous tuberculosis, parasitic infections, and skin disorders associated with sun exposure and with malnutrition. The population is made up of “mestizos” and blacks. We hope to finish the jornada at 4 PM and then return to Acapulco. Sixth course: Friday, October 22, 2010 in in Altamirano Area: Tierra Caliente Meeting site (Thursday , day before) in Chilpancingo in the Secretary of Health building. Leave Chilpancingo approx 2PM.. Those traveling traveling from Mexico City can meet us in Iguala (about half way between Chilpancingo and Altamirano), where we can meet you at the bus terminal Estrellas de Oro. We plan to arrive in Altamirano at 7 PM. We will spend two nights in the city. As its name indicates, this region is extremely hot, and we recommend light clothing. Sixth jornada: Saturday, October 23, 2010 in San Miguel Totolapa (subject to change) We will leave Altamirano after breakfast to arrive at this village at about 10 AM. We expect to see many locally prevalent skin diseases: prurigo, diseases related to sweating, subcutaneous mycoses, photodermatoses, and other infectious diseases, such as mycoses, pyodermas, and parasitic infections. Seventh course: December 3, 2010 in Acapulco Area: Acapulco Meeting site: Muncipal clinic in the Aguas Blancas suburb at 8:30 AM. Like all of the others, this course is designed for doctors and health personnel who work in the area. At the end of this course, we will officially recognize the dermatologists who have participated in the courses and jornadas over the last year. Places of interest: La Quebrada, el Fuerte de Sand Diego, numerous beaches and discotheques in Acapulco.
  7. 7. Volunteer Opportunities in Mexico Dermatología Comunitaria A.C. 2010 Schedule of Activities Page 7 of 7 American Academy of Dermatology Seventh jornada: December 4, 2010 in El Conchero (subject to change) Area: Acapulco Meeting site: Papagayo Medical Building (next to Papagayo Park) a 8 AM to drive to El Conchero, which is an hour away. This is an extremely poor and densely populated community with problems related to sanitation. We usually see: diverse infestations like larva migrans and scabies. Also, superficial and deep mycoses, such as mycetoma, pyodermas, and other tropical dermatoses. We will return to Acapulco at 5 PM. For more information and to volunteer for our activities, contact : Mrs. Kikey Santiago Tel:744 486 5162 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm (Acapulco time) Dr. Roberto A. Estrada Castaňon President, Community Dermatology Program, Mexico/Dermatología Communitaria A.C. Email: restrada_13@hotmail.com Sincerely, Dr. Roberto A. Estrada Castaňon President, Community Dermatology Program, Mexico/Dermatología Communitaria A.C.

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