Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

MAY 2018

An evidence-based, peer-reviewed journal for practicing clinicians in the field of dermatology

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Ortho Dermatologics is a trademark of Ortho Dermatologics' affiliated entities. © All Rights Reserved. NPR.0521.USA.17 How did you become involved as a judge for the Aspire Higher program? I was approached by Ortho Dermatologics, and I thought it was a wonderful opportunity. I really liked that they were giving back to the community and that I could help people who want to further their education. What is your favorite part about being a judge for Aspire Higher? I really enjoy the whole experience, but two things come to mind: Seeing the impact the scholarships have on the lives of the people who win, and reading their stories. One of last year's winners left a voicemail for the judges. I was in the middle of grocery shopping when I heard it, and I started crying because it was so touching. Also, reading about how a problem with a person's skin impacts each aspect of their life urges us to seek the best possible treatment for our patients even more. I think that what Ortho Dermatologics is doing is exceptionally worthwhile. As part of its commitment to the dermatology community, Ortho Dermatologics created the Aspire Higher scholarship program. The program sponsors scholarships for new college students, graduate students, and mothers returning to college. Patients who have been treated for skin conditions are eligible to apply. Dr. Linda Stein Gold began serving as one of several judges for Aspire Higher in 2016. She also performs clinical research and cares for patients at the Henry Ford Health System. Making college dreams come true Hear from 2017 winner Robby Ruffolo at What are your thoughts about Ortho Dermatologics' commitment to the dermatology community through this scholarship program? I'm thrilled to be part of it. I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to hear the patients' stories, to understand their journey, and to be part of making their educational dreams come true. I think this is a major gift that Ortho Dermatologics gives back to the community, and it's important to get the word out to our patients that this is available. Ortho Dermatologics really does care about our specialty. It's so satisfying to see how the Aspire Higher scholarship can change somebody's life by helping them further their education.

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