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Wearing our favorite swimwear to the beach. Putting on a singlet for a jog at the Botanic Gardens. Dressing up in summer wear for a walk down the shopping alley. While most of us can do these things without much thought, many psoriasis patients are unable to do these easily. With rashes of salmon pink and silvery flakes occurring on prominent parts of their body, public attention is drawn easily to patients with psoriasis. Patients often face social ostracism as many people believe that psoriasis is infectious and heritable. Public awareness of the condition can greatly help improve these patients’ lives

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A few of us who participated in World Psoriasis Day

18th October 2014 was the day that World Psoriasis Day was cerebrated in Singapore.   The DermSIG medical students from Duke NUS Graduate Medical School and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine joined other healthcare professionals and patients to better understand the perspectives of the public on the condition.

For this, mixed teams of participants were set forth onto designated locations at bus stops and MRT stations to “Storm” the public, in the hopes that the Storm would wash away psoriasis myths and allow the public to have a renewed knowledge. The students enjoyed the interaction with the public greatly.  

The public interaction component was interesting for students as it provided an experience which we were unable to obtain in the textbooks and clinics. While we have heard many stories from patients of their experiences with the public, it was great to be able to hear the views of other members of the public. It was really useful to be able to communicate about the condition in different languages with the public. This would definitely help us to care for patients in the future.

The chance to be able to interact with the patients in the groups was also enlightening. Rayson, a fellow Duke-NUS student, also felt that he was able to put his knowledge into context with patients. He learnt a lot about the condition from the patients and some succinct details of patient management which he had not heard of in the past.

While many students had the chance to interact with psoriasis as a topic through their textbooks, this was the first time students had the chance to interact with members of the public to help them understand psoriasis. At the end of the day, one thing was certain, the participation in world psoriasis day cerebration in Singapore offered the students a golden opportunity to acquire new skills, hone their critical thinking and get a holistic view of psoriasis.

By Shunjie Chua (Class of 2015)