Utilizing outreach opportunities to educate, connect and care
Residents may volunteer to participate in this one-week long camp for children with severe skin disease. Dr. Stefani Takahashi was involved in founding Camp Wonder and has served as Medical Co-Director since it’s inception in 2001. Children with severe skin diseases including severe atopic dermatitis, Ichthyoses and Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa attend camp. While there, residents play a vital role in the medical care of the campers by administering and applying medications and G-tube feedings, performing dressing changes and staffing the Med Shed (the camp infirmary). Importantly, they participate in other activities with campers including the Talent Show, Bunk Skits, Carnival Night, Arts and Crafts, swimming, boating, ropes course, horseback riding, meadow games, making s’mores and appreciating what it is like to live with chronic skin disease and the courageousness of our campers.
Led by Myles Cockburn, associate professor of dermatology and preventive medicine, the SunSmart program sends volunteers, including USC medical students and dermatology residents, to Los Angeles schools to educate children about the importance of sun protection.