Dermatology surgeons reveal valuable secrets

Pearls from members

“Pearls from the Masters of Dermatological Surgery” (S063)
Monday, 1–4 p.m.
Room 30E

Sarah T. Arron, MD, PhD
Associate professor, University of California, San Francisco

“Embrace a learning mindset. [This] allows a surgeon to embrace challenges and persist with difficult cases, to learn from mistakes, and ultimately improve performance. Also, use your outcomes and complications as opportunities for performance improvement. Using these as opportunities instead of discouragements enables surgeons to constantly consider how our surgical skillset can be improved and optimized.”

Peter Randall Shumaker, MD
Chairman, dermatology department, Naval Medical Center San Diego

“For a variety of reasons, dermatologists are almost universally disengaged from the care of trauma patients. However, laser scar management is simply a modest rethinking of the tools and techniques that dermatologists have helped to pioneer. Treatment can be potentially life changing for the millions of patients worldwide who suffer from debilitating and disfiguring scars, and for the doctors who incorporate this group of patients into their practices.”

Adam M. Rotunda, MD
Assistant clinical professor of dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and UCI Dermatology

“There is value in mastering surgical techniques … but there is more to being a surgeon than that. Cultivate a practice that leaves patients wanting more. Recognize the value in personally calling your patients and being available to them 24/7 after surgery. Offer accoutrements, like a coffee and tea bar, daily lunch, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and provide your patients with frequently used medications. These little things can go a long way in transforming the way you practice medicine.”


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