Laura Browne & Naayema Hussaini, IAD undergraduate recipients autumn 2018
I want to thank the Irish Association of Dermatologists for the scholarship inviting me to their Autumn Meeting in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co. Down. I appreciated the opportunity to display a poster presentation. I would especially like to thank Ms Jacqui Carroll who was so helpful throughout the entire process and very welcoming during the conference.
The conference was focused on Psychodermatology which was very interesting and informative.
I am grateful to all the staff for their time and effort in involving me during the event.
It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend any medical students interested in Dermatology to apply for this scholarship. Attending the event has reinforced my desire to pursue a career in Dermatology.
I was shocked and extremely grateful to have received the Undergraduate Scholarship to attend the IAD Autumn Conference and the opportunity to display a poster at this event. The theme of the conference was psychodermatology which I had never heard of as being a discipline in dermatology before and I am thankful to have been given the chance to learn about this discipline from leading researchers in the field of psychodermatology. I have learnt a lot at this conference and I am excited to learn more about psychodermatology in the future as the discipline develops. This event has also given me the chance to meet leading dermatologists from around the world in the clinical and research setting and it has opened many doors for me and has led to other incredible opportunities. I look forward to future IAD events and would strongly recommend medical students who have an interest in dermatology to attend the Spring and Autumn Conferences and to apply for the scholarship as I found this opportunity to be extremely valuable and rewarding. This event has reinforced my desire to pursue dermatology as a career in the future and I would also like to thank the IAD for selecting me for the scholarship and Ms Jacqui Carroll for all her patience, help and support before, during and following the event!
Barbara Marzario & Aoife McElduff IAD undergraduate scholarship recipient’s autumn 2017
I am very grateful to the Irish Association of Dermatologists for creating Undergraduate Scholarship for medical students studying in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with an interest in Dermatology. It is a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in the field while having the chance to present your own research project. I think it is very important to support medical students' interests in specialties and research early in our medical education. I learned a great deal from the informative lectures and case presentations, and was able to network with physicians to coordinate future clinical electives. The Undergraduate Scholarship has most definitely supported my pursuit of dermatology postgraduate training.
I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given to attend the 2017 IAD Autumn Meeting in Cavan. This was a great chance for me to gain an insight into all that a career in Dermatology offers. I have always been interested in Dermatology and how treating chronic painful or aesthetically displeasing skin conditions can have such a radical impact on patients’ self-esteem and quality of life. However, prior to attending this conference I did not fully appreciate the developments being made in the field of dermatology and the wide range of research opportunities available in this area. I found the presentation on the Skin Microbiome to be particularly fascinating and am keen to see where this research progresses to.
Along with the academic aspect of the conference I also really enjoyed the networking side of the experience. I was able to attend a beautiful dinner in the hotel in the evening and met many experienced Dermatologists there who were happy to answer my questions and gave me career advice. I also made new friends, a student from the Republic of Ireland who also received a scholarship and a dermatologist who was the international scholarship recipient. I cannot imagine where I would’ve got the chance to meet such people otherwise and really loved the chance to talk to them about their differing experiences of Medicine and future career interests. As well as this, one of the doctors I met at the conference suggested the name of a doctor who I could contact with regards to organising my final year elective in St James’ Hospital, Dublin where I went on to undertake my elective last summer. This was a great chance to learn more about the health care system in the Republic of Ireland and without the cross-border contacts I made at the meeting I don’t think I would have had this experience either.
I would like to thank the IAD for this scholarship and would hugely recommend any of my peers to apply for the scholarship in future.