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MedEdPORTAL. 2016 Dec 31;12:10525. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10525.

Dermatologic Simulation of Neglected Tropical Diseases for Medical Professionals.

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Medical Student, University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Director of International Experiences, University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine.



While patients with neglected tropical diseases may present for care in the United States, they are encountered so infrequently that medical professionals may have little chance of being exposed to these illnesses during training. This simulation on dermatological presentations of neglected tropical diseases was used as a teaching tool for multifaceted topics including disease management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and sociocultural issues. To achieve this goal, we created four cases with patients demonstrating clinical and dermatological presentations.


Through the use of a moulage kit, this simulation portrayed four common neglected tropical diseases that are rarely encountered in the United States: dengue fever, cutaneous leishmaniasis, lepromatous leprosy, and yaws. Following the clinical experience, a debrief session discussing sociocultural and dermatological factors of neglected tropical diseases occurred.


The feedback obtained regarding the simulation was exceptionally positive. The participants indicated that the simulation improved their medical knowledge of neglected tropical diseases, diagnostic abilities, and interprofessional communication skills.


This simulation can easily be adapted for use in conferences, health professional education, and patient advocacy, making it relevant for training in a wide variety of settings. Through the application of this simulation, greater progress can be made in the education of medical professionals on neglected tropical diseases and dermatology. Not only will the application of realistic workshops increase medical competency regarding these rarely encountered diseases, it will also provide opportunities to engage with these diseases, which can cultivate interest in the future pursuit of global health.


Cutaneous Manifestations; Global Health; Interprofessional Simulation; Neglected Tropical Diseases

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