I initially wanted to pursue pathology, as I loved understanding the details of disease processes, but I missed patient interactions. Dr. Hunter, the pathologist who taught the majority of our medical curriculum, made me aware that dermatologists incorporate an understanding of histopathology of the skin into the practice of dermatology. Shortly after I began to investigate dermatology as a specialty, I realized that not only did it satisfy the interest I had in pathology, but also was a fantastic specialty unlike any other. Even though dermatology seems very narrow in scope it is actually quite broad. You see a large range of disease processes including neoplastic, infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, psychiatric, among others, and deal with all ages from newborns to the elderly. It's both procedural and medical as well. It's truly a diverse and exciting specialty.
Board certification: American Board of Dermatology