Location: Dermatology Institute Skin Health and Referral Center, Nepal Medical College & Teaching Hospital, and Kathmandu Medical College & Teaching Hospital; Kathmandu, Nepal
Contact:   Kim Rodgers , Volunteer Placement Coordinator
Nepal Sites
[March 28, 2017]  - Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of a new pediatric dermatology project in Kathmandu, Nepal. Partnering with the Dermatology Institute Skin Health and Referral Center (DISHARC), Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, and Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital, HVO volunteers will provide clinical and professional mentorship to young physicians pursuing careers in pediatric dermatology.

Dermatologists from DISHARC, Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, and Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital comprise a pediatric dermatology committee, formed by DISHARC founder Dr. Anil Kumar Jha. The committee seeks to support young professionals in pursuing careers in pediatric dermatology, as well as launch a pediatric dermatology clinic, train pediatricians and other dermatologists on skin diseases in children, and develop a national pediatric dermatology society.

Volunteers will act as mentors to members of the pediatric dermatology committee as they continue to develop their expertise and achieve the committee’s goals to improve pediatric dermatology in Nepal. In addition, volunteers provide lectures and clinical training to residents at both Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital and Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital. Volunteers may also assist with faculty and staff training.

HVO’s dermatology program is supported by the American Academy of Dermatology ; the pediatric dermatology project in Nepal is supported by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology .
Volunteers must be board eligible/certified with a current license to practice dermatology (active or retired) and must also be board certified in pediatric dermatology or have special expertise in that area. Volunteers with expertise in hemagiomas and vascular malformations, or pediatric dermatology surgery are especially encouraged to apply. Assignments are 1-4 weeks .
  • Begin the volunteer process by contacting Kim Rodgers or visiting the HVO website.
  • Thanks to the generosity of the American Academy of Dermatology, volunteers may apply for funds to assist with their travel costs. Further information is available on HVO’s website.
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