Virtual Dermatology Education
After travel-related restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we established a virtual educational exchange program between dermatologists in the public sector in Tajikistan and experts in Kathmandu, Nepal at the DI Skin Health and Referral Center. Every week, providers from various clinics and hospitals in Tajikistan met with their colleagues in Nepal virtually to present complex cases, exchange ideas, learn about new evidence-based approaches to treatment with the goal of improving the quality of care for patients, particularly those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
This educational exchange program has served as a model for other training programs which can be sustained over the long term and enhance provider knowledge level, leading to improvements in quality of care and better patient outcomes.
This program was supported with a grant from the International Foundation for Dermatology.