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Using telemedicine to extend the reach of dermatology into the Mississippi Delta

Community Leadership Category

Mississippi Delta
  • Project leader: Robert Brodell
  • Team members: Kim Ward, Julie Wyattj, Nancye McCowan, Stephen E. Helms, Jeremy D. Jackson, William Black, Jasmine Hollinger, Ashley Emerson, Leslie Partridge, Angela Jackson
  • Affiliation: University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Location: Jackson, MS, USA

The Mississippi Delta is the poorest region in the US with no dermatologists within 60 miles. Faculty of the Department of Dermatology of "Ole Miss" have established volunteer clinics twice per month in the Delta to serve the needs of this population. A teledermatology program has been initiated to work through primary care physician offices in the Delta. We anticipate managing 90% telederm/10% in live clinics. The problem: educating and motivating primary care physicians to engage. A medical student and computer technician will be sent to the Delta next summer to promote dermatology access through this multi-pronged system.

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