Tulane Dermatology in the News
SPOTS (Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students)
SPOTS is a medical student volunteer group started at Tulane in 2012 by first year dermatology resident, Amy Metzger. Tulane first year medical students are trained by Tulane dermatology residents and then go to local high schools to teach about pathogenesis and risk factors for skin cancer, as well as sun protection methods. The SPOTS program aims to teach adolescent students early detection and prevention measures in an effort to decrease the rising rate of skin cancer. It also promotes outreach education in the community by students training in the medical field. The program was originally created by a group of medical students and dermatology faculty at St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. SPOTS is an award-winning program, having received two Golden Triangle Awards from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2009. Katie Kerisit MD and Amy Metzger MD trained the first group of med students last year and they held sessions at Country Day and Sacred Heart in Spring 2013. The new set of students have been trained by Drs Jeanette Black and Metzger last month. They plan to initiate teaching sessions in the schools in the spring of 2014.
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