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I Wish I Had Known: You Don’t Have to Be an Expert

When I first started I wish that I had realized that you don’t have to be an expert in everything right off the bat.

It can be very intimidating to go to meetings and see all these amazing giants in the field get up on stage. You so badly want to be the one giving lectures and presenting the data. It takes time to develop these skills to get the confidence for you to get up there and to give these lectures.

What is more important is that we are in such an amazing field that offers a great combination of medicine, of surgery, of procedures, of cosmetic and we can really help our patients to look and feel better. Just being committed to what I do, lecturing about the importance of sun protection and getting skin checks because skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the US, by just by feeling passionate and sharing your enthusiasm – Feels The Best!

Just keep taking care of the patient, learn from your colleagues and go to meetings as much as possible. And eventually the opportunity comes to really try to become a leader and to share your enthusiasm for what you do.