The IFD is supporting the provision of practical dermatology training to graduates from South East Asia. They spend three months in four different locations to increase their exposure to different conditions; increasing their skills, experience and initiative.

The Clinical Dermatological Training Programme began life as an ILDS DermLink grant in 2016. The programme supports medical residents to develop the necessary skills to deliver quality dermatological care to patients in rural areas.

Residents are given the chance to study abroad as well as in their home country giving them a comprehensive learning experience and the opportunity to enhance their practical skills in different settings. Since 2016, 130 dermatologists and residents have received medical training in Cambodia.

  • In 2017, an agreement was signed between Indonesia, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam to host Cambodian dermatology residents in a three-month regional rotation programme.
  • In 2018, four residents completed the programme – finishing their National Service Exams and starting their provincial posts.
  • In 2019, the programme included 10 residents and has expanded to include dermatopathology and dermato-surgical training. The rotation partnerships were extended to include France, Singapore, and Germany.