Dermatology Section

The Dermatology Section of the Christian Medical Association strives to enable Christian dermatologists to work together for deeper mutual support and understanding.

The following information is available:

  • CMA Dermatology Section Annual Meeting Details
  • American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting Presentations of interest to CMA Dermatology members
  • Dermatology specific short-term healthcare mission trips
  • Global Health Outreach request for dermatologists for general short-term healthcare mission trips
  • Other CMA Dermatology Section related information

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To assist selected dermatology residents, nurses, nursing students, medical residents, and medical students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.

The applicant must be:

  1. A CMDA member (CMDA membership is at no cost for student members). You can join CMDA at
  2. A resident in dermatology or other medical field, a nurse, or a nursing or medical student in a professional or pre-professional course of study expected to lead to a degree in medicine or nursing.
  3. New to Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The application must be submitted at least two months prior to the trip departure, and the applicant must be accepted as a Global Health Outreach trip participant before applying for the scholarship. There is a maximum of one scholarship per Global Health Outreach trip, pending available funds. An email endorsement of your application by the team leader is required. Email your application to Global Health Outreach.

Awards will be announced by email as they are awarded. The amount of the award will be up to $500 and is to be used for project and transportation-related expenses, with rare exceptions for longer, more remote trips where the costs are higher.

The applicant must submit a letter of no more than 300 words that describes their current course of education, and their motivation for serving in medical missions. This letter should address what they hope to learn from their participation in the short-term medical missions experience.

After the trip is complete, the awardee is required to submit a 400-500 word summary report of their experience that focuses on the spiritual change that took place in their life as a result of the trip. The awardee is to create a profile on and to post a summary of this story on this website after returning from the trip. The awardee is to write a letter of appreciation to the donor and to be available to talk by phone with the donor. This letter of appreciation is to be included with the summary report so that it can be forwarded to the donor.

  1. Volunteer For Healthcare For the Poor
    Go to Healthcare For the Poor. A link for clinics serving the poor is available. Most clinics will work with volunteer dermatologists for patients to be seen in their office or arrange for a designated day to schedule dermatology patients at the facility.
  2. Volunteer for MD2ndopinion
    MD2ndopinion Coordinator Jill Johnson needs a couple of additional CMDA derms (currently there are 5 CMDA dermatologist volunteers) for this teledermatology consultation service for medical missionaries overseas. CMDA CEO Dr. Mike Chupp has emphasized that there is no medical liability since this is communication from one physician to another physician. There are generally only one or two consultations per week. Contact us for more information.
  3. Volunteer for CMDA Dermatology Section Leadership
    Various areas for contribution to the ongoing CMDA Dermatology Section functions are available.  Periodic Zoom meetings are held for the leadership team. Contact via email at
  4. Volunteer for Global Health Outreach (GHO) Medical Mission Trips
    Volunteer for Global Health Outreach (GHO) Medical Mission Trips GHO has approximately 50 short-term medical mission trips each year to many areas of the world. Some sensitive area trips are not listed on the GHO Trip Calendar. Dr. Trish Burgess is GHO’s new director, and she has an excellent introduction and vision sharing video on the GHO web site. ( Trish has enabled the GHO website to identify GHO trips where the team leader has specifically requested a dermatologist on the team (go to “Find A Trip”, then “View Opportunities” and then enter keyword “dermatologist”). A specific focus is being made to make a long-term impact on individuals and areas served and to also focus on unreached, more difficult areas of the world. In addition, CMDA dermatologists have often expressed a desire to primarily see dermatology patients on medical mission trips. Trish and the identified GHO team leaders have responded to this request. The team leader will have the triage folks to flag any dermatology patients who will then be placed in a separate waiting area to be seen by the dermatologist. After treating the patient and optimally praying with the patient, the patient will return to the general waiting area where the other medical problems will be addressed by the other physicians on the team. Using this modified protocol dermatologists have seen ~90% dermatology patients on previous medical mission trips. You may email Jerry Ariail ( with any questions. Also, GHO trip updates may be found in the "Missions" section.
  5. Volunteer for Medical Education International (MEI) Trips
    MEI focuses on academic education of similar specialists in overseas medical schools or teaching hospitals. Many scheduled trips welcome various specialists.  Go to Also, MEI trip updates may be found in the "Missions" section.
  6. Volunteer to be a Sounding Board/Mentor for a CMDA Resident
    A list of CMDA Dermatologists has been started to connect willing CMDA Derm graduates with interested CMDA residents.  In addition CMDA Regional Directors or CMDA National Office will occasionally have a CMDA Resident who requests a CMDA member who is willing to act as a sounding board/"connect"/mentor for various life issues. This can be done locally if the resident is in one's geographical area or remotely via cell phone, text, and email   Excellent articles concerning "connect"/sounding board/mentor issues are available with the March, 2020 issue of CMDA's Encore publication ( Contact us at for more information. 
  7. Attend CMDA National Convention
    This yearly convention has excellent plenary speakers and also multiple breakout sessions with CME. Go to
  8. Attend Global Missions Health Conference
    This is the largest and best missions conference available. Each year in early November, approximately 3000 attendees gather at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY for this CMDA sponsored conference. CME is available for multiple breakout sessions. Go to
  9. View Grace Prescriptions DVDs
    The Grace Prescriptions presentations help physicians to be able to ethically share their faith with patients in a clinical setting. This is a “second generation” Saline Solution. Go to to view a portion of the presentation, find live presentations or to order the video series.
  10. Contribute to CMDA Dermatology Scholarship
    This is a newly established scholarship to assist primarily dermatology residents and secondarily nurses, nursing students, medical residents and medical students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, and medical problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.  Applications are reviewed by the GHO Director, and the amount of the award will be up to $500 to be used for project and transportation related expenses. More remote, longer trips are open for higher amounts. For more information and application go to the above drop-down.
  11. Practice By The Book
    Practice By The Book, a Christian Doctor's Guide to living and serving which is Biblically sound and medically reliable is an excellent book for us to read since it helps us to balance our faith, our family, our practice and our finances.  An outreach involving this book is planned for the 2021 CMDA Dermatology Section annual meeting, and is another reason to plan to attend the March 21, 2021 Saturday afternoon meeting in San Francisco.
  12. Skin Cancer Take A Hike Event
    Plans are underway for the first CMDA Dermatology Section sponsored "Skin Cancer Take a Hike" event Thursday afternoon, April 29, 2021 in Asheville, NC prior to the start of the 2021 CMDA National Convention at Ridgecrest Assembly (near Asheville).  More information will be available in the Fall, 2020 as to how you might participate.

For more information about any of the above options, contact us at

2021 CMDA Dermatology Section Annual Meeting Saturday afternoon, March 20, 2021 San Francisco, CA.  Our main speaker will be Dr. David Stevens speaking about Grace Prescriptions. 
2021 CMDA National Convention April 29-May 2, 2021 Ridgecrest Assembly (near Asheville, NC)  The first CMDA Dermatology Section sponsored "Skin Cancer Take A Hike" event will occur Thursday afternoon, April 29, prior to the start of the Convention. 




  • The American Academy of Dermatology has made available to its members Skin Disease Education Cards For Developing Countries in multiple languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole) for use in international volunteerism efforts. The AAD has several stipulations associated with the use of the cards, and an agreement that these stipulations will be followed is required when requesting the Skin Disease Education Cards.


  • GHO trips requesting dermatologists:(subject to pandemic restrictions)
    Guatemala July 25 - August 2, 2020
    West Africa October 9-18, 2020


  • CMDA Medical Education International (MEI) Trips (
    Subject to pandemic restrictions MEI trips where dermatologists are requested are starting in September, 2020 are to Cuba, Mongolia, Northern Macedonia and Ukraine

Dermatology Section Officers

Angela Moore, MD

Robert Purvis

Stephen Maberry, MD

Missions Coordinator
Jerry Ariail, MD

If additional information is needed,
contact Dr. Jerry Ariail.