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Are dermatologists willing to be advocates?<br />
Are dermatologists willing to be advocates?
Advocacy for a cause is a precious commodity.  Many people feel passionate about a cause, but few do anything that directly leads to change.  Why might this be?  The usual reasons are lack of time and energy.  The real reason is often lack of an efficient medium to enable change.  Matching skills is an important part of the equation.  Ladeling food at the local soup kitchen may be a needed volunteer activity, but doesn't require a doctorate.

How can physicians get involved?  Are busy physicians ready to volunteer to make a difference?  A skeptic might say that physicians are more interested in making money, and when they are away from their time-intensive careers, aren't interested in advocacy.  The reality is more like this; most physicians went into medicine for largely altruistic reasons.  Physicians are the most natural advocates of the professions. 

Al Gore says in The Assault on Reason; "We have created a wealthy society with tens of millions of talented, resourceful individuals who play virtually no role whatsoever as citizens."  Later, he states "Fortunately, the internet has the potential to revitalize the role played by the people in our constitutional framework.  It has extremely low entry barriers for individuals.  It is the most interactive medium in history and the one with the greatest potential for connecting individuals to one another and to a universe of knowledge."

Here is the answer.  The internet has the ability to inform, connect, and allow collaboration.  It has this ability partly because it is information rich.  Information is power, and power is realized by putting information to use.  The internet allows instant connectivity with any person in the world with unfettered access.  

Collaboration was the original intent of the internet, and advocacy is an evolutionary step.

So what would it take to get dermatologists involved?  How about an efficient system to use their smarts and skills, a universally accessible tool that combines knowledge and action in one place with the goal of educating and enabling?  dermAdvocate is the place.

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