Mentorship Class of 2022-2023
During her residency programme Lucia managed a free leprosy clinic that offered both treatment and education on early signs and symptoms.
Lucia is excited to join the Programme to develop skills in policy design and implementation, building healthcare programmes as well as leadership skills.
Her aim is to go on to deliver quality healthcare to disadvantaged populations such as migrants and refugees, using an intersectional approach. Lucia will be mentored by Claire Fuller.
Mentor: Dr. Claire Fuller
His focus is on addressing the high rate of skin cancers in people with albinism, a country where there are few dermatologists outside the capital, Kinshasa.
Working with his mentor, Wingfield Rehmus, Gaylord is keen to develop skills to enable him to write grant and funding proposals, build community outreach educational projects and publish the results of his work.
Mentor: Wingfield Rehmus
Her research focuses on neglected tropical skin diseases, in particular leprosy and scabies, and improving access to health care in remote settings. Marlous initiated teledermatology service bringing together Indonesian and international dermatologists to support rural communities in Sumba.
With her mentor, Esther Freeman, Marlous aims to develop leadership skills, expand her network and cultivate new ideas for projects which will have a sustained impact on the well-being and health of communities in Indonesia and elsewhere.
Mentor: Esther Freeman
Yared is a final year dermato-venereology resident at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.
Yared has joined the Mentorship Programme to learn from some of the world’s best dermatologists, so that he can work to fill critical gaps in community awareness, outreach education and training, and increase capacity and the quality of health care in Ethiopia, especially among impoverished communities suffering from neglected tropical diseases.
Mentor: Archana Singal.
His aim is to improve the training of dermatologists in his country.
Working with his mentor, Roni Dodiuk-Gad, Jose hopes the Mentorship Programme will help him in his objectives of setting up a formal residency programme to train dermatologists in Ecuador, reinvigorating the Ecuadorian Dermatology Society, and re-establishing a dermatology journal for the country.
Mentor: Roni Dodiuk-Gad
Doriane is keen to gain skills with her mentor, Toby Maurer, to enable her to write funding proposals, set up training projects, and build community outreach projects, with a particular focus on implementing an outreach programme for people living with albinism in Doriane’s home country, Burundi.
Mentor: Toby Maurer
She is an active member of the GLODERM community and has co-presented a class on “Low Cost Accessible Vitiligo Treatments” as part of the GLODERM Trainee educational webinar series, and works to combat discrimination against people with vitiligo.
By joining the Mentorship Programme, Luísa hopes to develop leadership skills, in order to help to provide health interventions for population groups in vulnerable conditions and to be able to build community outreach educational projects in Brazil.
Mentor: Kari Wanat.
Claire has served as the Vice-Chair of GLODERM since its inception for five consecutive years.
She is currently the Chair of the International Foundation for Dermatology.
Mentee: Lucia Fernandez
She is currently leading the global health programme for AMPATH and working with refugee communities worldwide.
Mentee: Doriane Sabushimike
She is passionate about increasing access to dermatology care to underserved populations both locally and abroad through work in global health, teledermatology, and medical education.
She has collaborators in Tanzania and Niger.
Mentee: Luísa Polo Silveira
She is passionate about tropical dermatology.
Mentee: Yared Mekonnen
She is the Director of Global Health Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
She has worked to improve healthcare, especially those affected by HIV, in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and southeast Asia since 2003.
She has collaborated with the World Health Organization. Most recently, her work includes COVID-19 as Principal Investigator of the international COVID-19 Dermatology Registry, which is a collaboration between the AAD and the ILDS.
Mentee: Marlous Grijsen
Her team also works in collaboration with a social pediatrics network in downtown Vancouver called RICHER, which is embedded into the community to support children and families living in vulnerable situations.
Mentee: Gaylord Inena Wa Inena
Mentee: Jose Ollague
Connecting these individuals, at all career stages, who are passionate about the advancement of skin health in resource-limited communities, locally and globally is central to GLODERM’s mission.
The Mentorship Programme is a cornerstone of GLODERM’s sustainable and integrated approach to improving dermatologic clinical care, education, research, policy, and advocacy. The programme brings together Mentor-Mentee Pairs from all over the world to share knowledge and grow the skills needed for Mentees to become leaders.
Over the 12-month programme the Mentees will have monthly online meetings with their Mentor and follow a webinar programme, with other cohort members, to develop and enhance their leadership and global health dermatology skills. There will also be a one-month placement (COVID allowing) where the Mentee will join their Mentor for an intensive in-person skills development phase. The programme will also facilitate a series of networking opportunities, including attendance of an international conference where possible.
We hope to grow a community of future ‘change-makers’ and develop a network of GLODERM Mentees who can offer encouragement and support to each other as they build programmes, start initiatives, train healthcare workers, and improve access to skin health services globally.
Class of 2022-2023
Meet GLODERM’s first 7 mentees and mentors of the mentorship programme.
These 7 mentees will benefit from GLODERM’s support, training and mentoring as they build programmes, start initiatives, train healthcare workers to make dermatology accessible to underserved communities in Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, DRC.
Dr. Lucia Fernandez
Dr. Gaylord Wa Inena
Dr. Marlous Grijsen
Dr. Yared Getachew Mekonnen