Why medicine? Too many personal experiences with disparities in medical and mental health care, too much love for science, too much passion and desire to help others. I didn’t know any other way. . .
Why dermatology? Not gonna lie, when dermatology first popped up on my radar, it felt like a “sell out.” Like I, as a woman of color, with African American and Puerto Rican blood, and bilingual, was more “needed” in primary care, or some other field on the front lines. But then I realized, there are disparities in care in EVERY field of medicine, and *certainly* as you get to the more specialized fields. The higher rates of melanoma mortality, the need for better treatment for black hair loss, the differences in cutaneous T cell lymphoma outcomes, the increased severity of atopic dermatitis in black children, the psychosocial issues associated with our skin in general... I could go on and on. I can do important work in a field I LOVE with all my heart. So young premed or med students thinking of what fields you’re interested in - don’t cross off dermatology (or ortho, or rads, or ophtho, any of it!) because you think you can’t serve your community. Don’t cross it off because you think it’s too competitive. You can do it! Sadly there are disparities in care in almost all fields, so we need doctors of all backgrounds in all fields! Immerse yourself in your learning and find what you’re passionate about then find a mentor! Scroll down a bit to the picture of me cheesin’ in my white coat in front of pink shelves for more of my tips on finding a mentor.