Evaluation of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program and the Visiting Optometrists Scheme - Final report volume 2

Dermatologist experience

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Dr. Jim Muir is the dermatologist employed by ACRRM to provide the clinical support for the Tele-Derm program. As previously discussed he responds to cases, supports the online education and responds to online posts by doctors. He has been involved with the Tele-Derm program since its inception in 2003, with additional involvement with ACRRM prior to the commencement of the program. During his early career Dr. Muir was involved in outreach to rural locations and also participated in one year of video based telemedicine services.

The idea for telemedicine began through Dr. Muir’s involvement in receiving e-mails of cases from rural doctors early in his career. The catalyst came when he received an e-mail with a photo of necrosis and saw that he could diagnose acute cases through e-mail. There are other doctors and hospitals that provide dermatologically based telemedicine programs, but their scope is limited and they do not provide any educational services.