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SPOTS Program

Amy Metzger

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 Ananth, MD (pictured left).  First-year Tulane 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, via 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 Ananth, MD trained the first group of med students in 2012 and they held sessions at Country Day and Sacred Heart in Spring 2013. The current residents overseeing the SPOTS program for the 2015-2016 academic year are GiGi Alldredge, MD and Corey Rougelot, MD (pictured right).

  Alldredge GiGi

 

Rougelot Corey