Dominican University of California
 

Presentation or Panel Title

Beyond Skin Deep: The Traumatic Effects of Dermatomyositis

Location

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 6:00 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 6:15 PM

Department

Communication and Media Studies

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

John Duvall, Ph.D. and Bradley Van Alstyne, M.A.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Dermatomyositis is a rare autoimmune disease that affects a very small percentage of the population, close to 10 cases per million, according to the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD). The amount of men that are diagnosed with this disease are even smaller. However, hardly anyone knows what Dermatomyositis is, let alone what its side effects are. The purpose of this research paper is to exploit the severity of Dermatomyositis for those who are unaware of its existence, characteristics and significance within the health community. In doing so, I hope to create awareness throughout society by also telling my father’s story through a narrative documentary, as he is currently living with Dermatomyositis.

Through better communication and further research on Dermatomyositis, awareness among society will increase, more studies can be conducted and improvements can be made toward the rehabilitation process for the affected individuals. This is why I have created a narrative documentary to further exemplify the details in my paper. I go into more detail regarding my father’s story, connecting all dots to my research. Those who doubt the validity of the information provided will question my degree of membership and credibility. However, by maintaining professionalism and informative research to back up my personal connections and experiences, I will establish my reliability and validity.

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I will need to be in a classroom for this presentation as I will be showing part of my documentary.

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Beyond Skin Deep: The Traumatic Effects of Dermatomyositis

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Dermatomyositis is a rare autoimmune disease that affects a very small percentage of the population, close to 10 cases per million, according to the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD). The amount of men that are diagnosed with this disease are even smaller. However, hardly anyone knows what Dermatomyositis is, let alone what its side effects are. The purpose of this research paper is to exploit the severity of Dermatomyositis for those who are unaware of its existence, characteristics and significance within the health community. In doing so, I hope to create awareness throughout society by also telling my father’s story through a narrative documentary, as he is currently living with Dermatomyositis.

Through better communication and further research on Dermatomyositis, awareness among society will increase, more studies can be conducted and improvements can be made toward the rehabilitation process for the affected individuals. This is why I have created a narrative documentary to further exemplify the details in my paper. I go into more detail regarding my father’s story, connecting all dots to my research. Those who doubt the validity of the information provided will question my degree of membership and credibility. However, by maintaining professionalism and informative research to back up my personal connections and experiences, I will establish my reliability and validity.