DREAM Initiative from Allergan Aesthetics, SkinBetter Science Launches CARE Curriculum

September 8, 2022

The DREAM Initiative®, developed by Allergan Aesthetics and skinbetter science®, has supported the development of a racial equity curriculum for dermatology residency programs. The Curriculum for Advancing Racial Equity (CARE), developed by Solomé Rose Consulting, LLC, is designed to equip physicians with the tools and knowledge to address the impact of racism in medicine. 

The DREAM Initiative® (Driving Racial Equity in Aesthetic Medicine) seeks to address the multiple effects of systemic racism in aesthetic medicine through educational efforts and awareness-raising initiatives. 

Participants in the CARE program will: 

  • recognize the impact of structural racism on health and healthcare, 
  • recognize and address racial microaggressions aimed at patients and providers of color,  
  • engage in perspective-taking to minimize bias and stereotyping when interacting with patients and physicians of color, and 
  • investigate and address the impact of clinical and administrative actions that produce adverse effects for people of color. 

The American Academy of Dermatology and other leading dermatology societies are supporting the curriculum’s inaugural implementation in five highly regarded dermatology residency programs.

In addition to CARE, The DREAM Initiative® has supported the creation and distribution of The Full Spectrum of Dermatology: A Diverse and Inclusive Atlas, a comprehensive four-color textbook style photo atlas of skin conditions across all racial and ethnic skin types. The unique atlas aims to advance education among clinicians, with the intent of visually assisting dermatologists, dermatology residents, and other healthcare providers to recognize most skin conditions regardless of patient skin tone. This innovative project is filling a well-documented gap in dermatology education and has already been distributed as part of the DREAM Initiative® to 1,870 dermatology residents across 140 programs nationwide and 250 graduate dermatologists. The Atlas remains available online and in print. 

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