Missionary work can be transformative. That’s how Jane Scribner, M.D., a dermatologist and lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, describes her experience.
You encounter levels of skin disease you might never see in regular practice, according to Dr. Scribner. You see more severe versions of skin disease than what you would typically see in the U.S., such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, but also disfiguring, untreated connective tissue diseases and rare genetic skin diseases.
Dr. Scribner, who practices at the Lovell Healthcare Center, a veterans’ affairs and naval hospital in North Chicago, talked about volunteering during a presentation in July at the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD’s) Summer Meeting in Boston.