Best Professional Advice: Join the EADV
A few years ago, when I was a firstyear
resident in dermatology a more
experienced colleague gave me some of
the best professional advice that I have
ever received: “You should join EADV”.
Now, as a member of EADV for a number of years, I can say that I have experienced the many learning opportunities that this prestigious organisation can provide. In my opinion, being an EADV member can be especially useful during our first steps in becoming a dermatologist. I had the chance to attend different Resident courses during my training, in which I improved my skills and knowledge in varied areas such as paediatric dermatology, cryotherapy and virology, among others. I can say that I have applied all this knowledge in my daily practice since then.
Also, being part of EADV and participating in the courses and meetings gives you the chance to meet colleagues from different countries all around Europe which I think is a very enriching experience.
Regarding my career, I finished my residency programme in Madrid at Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal. It has one of the biggest laser units in Spain, led by Dr Pablo Boixeda, in which hundreds of patients with different vascular anomalies are treated each year. I became interested in this field very early on, and during my training I had the chance to collaborate in different studies and contribute scientific publications on this topic. In fact, I completed my training in laser therapy with a Research Fellowship at the Beckman Laser Institute attached to the University of California in Irvine (California, USA). I am still working as a specialist at the Ramon y Cajal Hospital in which I practise general dermatology and perform skin surgery, including Mohs surgery and laser therapy. I also work at the dermatology clinic Grupo Pedro Jaén in which I perform different laser treatments for skin diseases, photoaging and scars.
Learn, learn, learn
If I had to give just one piece of advice to our youngest colleagues who are now initiating their careers in dermatology, I would tell them to learn as many different techniques as they can during their training, such as surgery, laser therapy, ultrasound, confocal microscopy, photodynamic therapy, aesthetic and cosmetic.
Adrian Alegre MD
Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal
I consider that all these abilities will allow them to have more job opportunities once they finish their training.
What is even more important, a more complete and satisfactory practice in their professional future. EADV, with its Resident courses and different meetings, is one of the best allies to learn from and improve these techniques and dermatological knowledge. As a Madrileño myself, I am very much looking forward to the 28th EADV Congress that will take place in Madrid from 9-13 October 2019. It is going to be a great opportunity to catch up on the most recent advances in our speciality, listen to great lectures on various topics and meet old friends. Also, I am completely sure that you will enjoy all the things that Madrid has to offer and that make it a unique city: friendly people, great gastronomy, great weather, fascinating sightseeing and history. See you all in Madrid.