Dermatology is currently under-represented in the undergraduate medical curriculum. Dermatology offers interesting clinical or surgical career in combination with a balanced and flexible working life and fewer on call shifts. Skin problems are very common and If you want to become a GP or a Dermatologist, you will frequently encounter these conditions. As a medical student, you have to take responsibility of our own learning, therefore is important for you to improve your knowledge on dermatological disease in order to manage patients effectively. Despite the limited amount of teaching, future physicians are expected to diagnose and manage patients while in practice with many several skin manifestations. Recently, the formation of the society has enabled us voice our concerns to the medical school, resulting in changes to the existing curriculum, with more teaching in dermatology. You can also voice your concerns if any by joining our society.
The aims and objectives shall be:
a) Promote awareness of the importance of dermatology in the medical curriculum thereby increasing exposure during training and in addition, meet clinicians and academics.
b) Allow those with keen interest in dermatology to build contacts and learn more about a career in the field.
c) Provide medical students with a dermatology handbook annually from the British Association of Dermatologists.
d) Raise public awareness of preventable diseases such as most melanomas.
e) Affiliate our society to charity organisations including the British Skin Foundation for events including fundraising.
There will be a number of events and activities lined up for Dermsoc members, including fundraising for charities organised by the charitiy officer for dermsoc. The Cardiff University dermatology society (Dermsoc) will also receive Dermatology handbook for medical students annually from the British Association of Dermatologists to share with members/non-members. Our vision is to bring together medical students interested in pursuing dermatology as a career, increasing our understanding and learn more about the field. In terms of our strength, our society serves as a platform where students can build a netwrok of contacts and voice their concerns to the medical school should they have any problems with the curriculum.
Our society is super friendly and welcoming, we look forward to meeting you!
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