A brave New World: Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology

Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2002 Sep;21(3):232-6. doi: 10.1053/sder.2002.34948.


Two dermatologist friends, widely separated by geography, had the dream to build a virtual grand rounds that could connect colleagues around the world for diagnostic and therapeutic suggestions as well a intellectual stimulation. They recrulted 2 students and constructed the site over a summer vacation. Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology is a prototype for what can be launched by nonacademic practitioners with few resources. We envision Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology as a service to dermatologists who practice at a remove from university hospitals and tertiary referral centers, as well as to others who wish to collaborate with colleagues distributed over a wide geographical net. For us, this has been a voyage into a brave new world with many exciting vistas. It can be accessed online: http://www.vgrd.org.

MeSH terms

  • Dermatology / education*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*
  • User-Computer Interface*