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My Goals in Dermatology

Adriana – future dermatologist

Earlier this year, my career interest changed to dermatology. While in the midst of my own struggle with acne, I found myself getting interested in dermatological research. Being a teenager, I see the effect that acne has on both me and my peers. I watch as the people around me try to hide just because they are ashamed of their faces. Acne can damage an adolescent's confidence and leave lifelong scars.

To add to this experience, in my biology class, I was intrigued with a lesson on cancer cells. I remember wishing that I could do something to help. As a dermatologist, I could conduct research on both acne and skin cancer. Advances in skin cancer research could then lead to advances in research for other forms of the disease.

To become a dermatologist, I would be required to take many science courses, attain a bachelor's degree, and attend four years of medical school. The average salary for a dermatologist is in the $100,000 - $400,000 range. Also, just like many jobs in the medical field, the outlook for my career choice is very promising. The career opportunities are expected to increase by 14% in the next eight years.

To increase my knowledge of dermatology, I intend to do some personal research. I also plan on taking an anatomy and physiology class along with a higher level of biology in my upcoming high school years. If given the opportunity, I would love to shadow an actual dermatologist for a day as well.

By doing all of this, I will one day become a dermatologist that can help those around me. Whether it be treating acne or something more serious like cancer, I hope to connect with and support all my patients.

Adriana's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.