Dermetel
Dermatologic Disease Awareness and Teledermatology
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DERMETEL

fostering derm justice

 

Promoting an equitable, accessible dermatologic culture.

Founded in 2011, Dermetel is a 501-c(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of dermatologic disease awareness and the institution of programs and services to alleviate dermatologic health disparities. It was founded by students, for patients worldwide.

Our products, services, creative output, and events center around promoting an equitable and just dermatology care system both domestically and globally. We have run the SunSafe skin cancer awareness seminar and sunscreen distribution series on over 70 college campuses since 2011, provided free skin cancer screenings to 2,700 patients since 2013, helped over 8,200 underserved patients receive free teledermatology care in 2017, and run the Dermetel Sunscreen Race since 2015.  Dermetel has partnered with Doxy.Me to provide completely free teledermatology services to patients in Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, and Ontario

As well, Dermetel is on the cutting-edge of advancing the profession and the practice of dermatology by developing therapeutics. Dermetel has co-developed an innovative series of gene therapy, enzyme replacement therapy, and probiotic programs, all of which are on their way to clinical trials.  These therapeutics and treatments augment the practice of dermatology by giving providers treatment options that previously did not exist, and have the potential to help millions of patients around the world.

Dermetel is predominantly composed of students ranging from high school students to dermatology resident physicians. All Dermetel volunteers believe that dermatology is more than its public image propagated by media outlets. We're substantive young people who dare to look beyond the ordinary, the everyday, and the typical, and we've been pioneering within dermatology since 2011.

 

Contact

➤ LOCATION

712 H Street NE, Suite 1341 Washington, DC 20001

☎ CONTACT

service@dermetel.org

 

Projects


CAMP GROOVY

Camp Groovy is a free, residential summer camp for pediatric dermatology patients in the Pacific Northwest, ages 7 to 14. As dermatologic diseases are so visually apparent, many children with diseases ranging from alopecia to xenoderma pigmentosum are subject to bullying and ridicule in schools. We believe these children deserve a safe space to have fun and make lifelong friendships through character-building, enjoyable activities in athletics, arts, crafts, and creative writing. 127 children have benefited from this program since 2017 and a full and permanent campsite is under construction set to open in summer 2019. The new site in Cannon Beach, Oregon will be able to better support all campers with solar urticarias and xeroderma pigmentosum with new indoor climbing and creative arts activities.

 

SUNSAFE SKIN CANCER SEMINARS AND SCREENINGS

Dermetel's signature SunSafe skin cancer awareness seminar and skin cancer screenings were launched in Toronto in 2011 and have expanded to offerings in five countries and forty-five cities since. A combination of a prevention speech and mass sunscreen distribution and skin cancer screenings, Dermetel helps college students feel confident about their image and rejecting the services provided by indoor tanning beds and instead opting for sun protection to decrease their risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Our mission is to educate, empower, and enlighten the next generation via engaged, grassroots efforts by working hand in hand with top tier sororities and fraternities with the clout to inspire campus communities to wear sunscreen and be proud of it.


DERMETEL TELEDERMATOLOGY SOLUTION

Dermetel's Teledermatology Solution is a free, HIPAA-compliant, teledermatology service for patients in the states of Michigan, North Carolina, and Georgia, as well as the province of Ontario. Free 7-minute consultation services are offered by four board-certified dermatologists for patients. Over 9,000 rural and underserved patients have benefited from the program since 2017. Dermetel's founder described dermatology access inequities at her 2016 TEDx Talk, and solved the problem in 2017. As of 2018, Dermetel has partnered with Doxy.Me to offer this service to the widest number of patients possible, and to date 800 people have benefitted. Dermetel is very proud that additional dermatologists in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Quebec have agreed to see underserved patients.

 

DERMFILMS

Dermetel launched its dermatology film production arm in 2015, and has produced two films to date. Operation: #BanTheTan is an animated short documentary that covers the indoor tanning bed craze, and Environmental Dermatology is an animated short documentary discussing the influence UV radiation has on dermatologic health. Both films have been shown regularly at our SunSafe seminars on college campuses worldwide since 2015 and will be distributed via Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play in early 2019. Dermetel is currently working on a feature-length documentary about our race to bring two free medications to market. The latest documentary is produced in collaboration with guidance and support from Sundance Film Festival leaders. The expected release date is in 2021.


DERMETEL SUNSCREEN RACE

Dermetel started organizing races in 2015, and has expanded from 5K to half-marathon and Boston qualifying marathon races in locations throughout the United States and Canada. In 2018, the races were held in Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver BC; in 2019, the races will be held in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Boston and we are hoping to have more turnout. We aim to continue fundraising via our marathons to help Dermetel take our co-developed therapeutics to FDA clinical trials and to continue to provide funding to keep building an amazing Camp Groovy camp site. Dermetel is keen to go beyond simply raising awareness about dermatologic disease and focus primarily on the most impactful and life-enhancing systems and tools to foster derm justice.

 

CLINICAL TRIALs and supplements

Dermetel is passionate about helping patients worldwide. To this end, we are determined to bring medications and supplements to market to address the disparities in care for those with rare dermatologic and dermatologic genetic diseases. By fostering an open dialogue with patients and customers, Dermetel has been able to acquire a start-up and find sustainable manufacturing in Canada to help close the gap between the haves and have nots in dermatology access and care. Dermetel offers two supplements for free, and they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Enrollment for the clinical trials opens in late 2018. Dermetel is working hard to ensure both the supplement and the ERT are available 100% free, for life for all patients.

 
 

 
 
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
 
 

 
 
 

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Use the form below to contact us regarding your enquiry. Please be as detailed as possible. You may also email or call us to make an appointment. For career and volunteer opportunities, please email us your resume. We’re always looking for new and exceptional talent to lead Dermetel into uncharted areas of social impact.

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