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Get Involved with Camp Discovery

Featuring Charlie Dunn, MD |

Chief Dermatology Resident  
Orlando, FL

| Published January 29, 2024

In this special edition of Topical Conversations, Charlie Dunn, MD, provides an overview of the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Camp Discovery and how you can get involved with this uniquely valuable experience for pediatric patients. 

Applications are open until April 2, 2024, representing a chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of children with chronic skin conditions. 

What is Camp Discovery? 

Established in 1993 by the AAD, this multisite, weeklong program offers children living with chronic skin conditions a unique summer camp experience. Provided at no cost to families, Camp Discovery welcomes pediatric patients with conditions including eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia, epidermolysis bullosa, ichthyosis, and more. 

An invaluable experience for children with chronic skin conditions 

Studies have demonstrated that after participating in Camp Discovery, children with chronic skin conditions have a better understanding of their condition, improved symptom control, better social functioning, and higher overall quality of life. 

Benefits for the clinician 

The benefits of Camp Discovery extend beyond the campers; medical volunteers also experience a substantial positive impact by participating. One study demonstrated that 97% of medical volunteers encountered skin conditions at Camp Discovery they had not previously seen, and 93% report it as one of the best rotations they’ve undertaken. 

Engaging in this program opens doors to networking opportunities, establishes lifelong mentor-mentee relationships, enhances knowledge of complex diseases, and fosters multidisciplinary communication. 

Importantly, this opportunity is not exclusively for pediatric specialists; volunteers include both adult and pediatric dermatologists who span medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. 

How to get involved 

  1. Be a volunteer: Sign up to be a medical volunteer and contribute your expertise to this life-changing experience. 
  2. Refer your patients: Encourage your patients to apply and witness the transformative impact of Camp Discovery on their lives. 
  3. Change a life: By participating, you have the power to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

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