We wanted to share with you a wonderful note we received from Julie Ziobro, one of the medical residents who worked with Dr. Weinstein during camp. We thought you would all appreciate Julie’s thoughts as she was able to put into words what the experience of working at Camp Great Rock meant to her:
“I had the wonderful opportunity to work as part of the medical team at Camp Great Rock last week under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Steven Weinstein. The week long camp experience was not only a lot of fun, but also more educational than many in-hospital experiences. I was able to gain better insight into epilepsy as a disease that affects many aspects of a child’s life by observing them in a setting outside of the hospital. As a future pediatric neurologist, I was able to better understand seizure triggers and recognize seizure activity and how to treat it in a non-clinical setting. I also enjoyed practicing some general pediatrics by treating all the common ailments expected at camp (sprained ankles, cuts, bruises, nausea, etc.). I learned more about the psycho-social obstacles faced by children with epilepsy by observing group sessions in which the kids felt free to discuss their epilepsy with other kids who understand what they are going through. Most of all, I was grateful that I could help make the children feel safe to explore new activities and make new friends and enjoy the camp experience as any other kid would. It was a truly memorable experience and I hope to be back again next year!
Thanks again! Please let me know if I can do anything else to help support Brainy Camps!”
Julie Ziobro, MD, PhD
Children’s National Medical Center