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The medical field is a thriving field that can never be entirely replaced by machinery, computers, or any technology in general. It requires human-to-human interaction to unravel and diagnose diseases or illnesses and to detect abnormalities. Meeting with a physician is extremely necessary to discover a diagnosis because the body must be inspected thoroughly. The physician needs to see the person’s physical condition and know some personal facts about the individual to make a conclusion about his/her observations. The fact that physicians are irreplaceable makes them unique. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable, but they also help people who do not have the medical knowledge to help themselves. In the process of making my dreams come true, I want to make people happier. That is why I want to become a physician. I have always dreamt of becoming a doctor, and once I witnessed the struggles my brother endured trying to cope with severe acne, I immediately knew that dermatology was the field for me.

Dermatologists are skin physicians who diagnose and treat skin complications. There are three different dermatology occupational options. Investigative dermatologists deal with innovation in terms of ideas and extensive thought processes. They do an excessive amount of research in order to be confident in the results when proposing new ideas. For example, they would think of ideas for a cure for skin cancer or acne. Social dermatologists work with people. They inform others about how to care for their skin and give prescriptions to help skin conditions. Realistic dermatologists work with actual specimens like animals and plants to solve problems. Their research is hands-on with little or no paperwork. The different professionals in my field include cosmetic dermatology, which involves laser surgery, liposuction, and Botox for the alteration of the skin to ‘improve’ superficial features; Dermatophaology, which involves researching diseases and discovering their characteristics; Immunodermatology, which encompasses skin diseases caused by immune problems;Pediatric dermatology, which focuses on skin problems of children; AndTeledermatology, which is uses “telecommunication technologies” to relay medical information (Ross G, 1). I am interested in social dermatology because I enjoy actually seeing the results of the improvements instead of only hearing statistics of innovative success. To become a social dermatologist I must attend medical school, in which I will have to write many research papers to demonstrate my knowledge on the material as well as my ability to write a scientific research paper.

Most of the scholarly journals I have read discuss reducing infection during surgery, skin fungus, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and skin cancer. The most discussed topics in my field, according to the articles I have read, are eczema and skin cancer. I think these are big topics because they can be expanded on. Skin cancer still doesn’t have a cure so it is still being researched, and eczema, in terms of inheritance, was being tested to obtain more accurate results. All the journals are structured in the same way. They start off with some background information followed by methods, results, and a conclusion. This structure is used for mostly all science related research papers that involve case studies. An example would be Family eczema-history in 2-year olds with eczema; a prospective, population-based study. The PACT-study, Norway, written by Marit Saunes. Saunes (include journal title) discussed the maternal and paternal lines of inheritance of eczema. She devised a questionnaire for the parents and siblings of an index child which had to be taken when the child is six weeks and one year. She concluded that maternal and paternal inheritance gave index child eczema. Saunes’s organization follows the structured format I mentioned above. As you can see, Saunes’s piece also includes subtitles for all her paragraphs. Papers in this field are mostly organized in this way because it is the most convenient. Background information is always at the beginning to explain the purpose of the study to the audience. The methods used are then described to provide the framework of the study. Methods are a very important part of a scientific research paper because they make reproducibility possible. After the methods paragraph is the results section, which provides the outcome of the experiment. The results usually contain quantitative data. The conclusion is the finishing touch; it wraps up the experiment by making the final valid statement. For this reason, it is necessary to structure a scientific paper in this manner. The sub-titles before each paragraph are used to allow an audience to predict the content of a paragraph and to determine if reading it is essential for their research or if they may skip the paragraph. Research in this field involves practical, theoretical, and observational studies. The process usually begins with a theory to answer ‘why’ or ‘how’. Once a theory is well established, it is then tested by practice and observation. The tone of dermatology research papers is very informative and appeals to logos and ethos. It appeals to logos because statistics are a very important part of proving claims obtained from observations. Ethos is utilized to support the argument. Pieces in this field were very hard to understand because of the medical terminology used. The audience would have to be in the medical field, particularly in dermatology, to fully understand the information. Another example would be Chemokine’s: Attractive Targets in the sunburn reaction, written by Craig A. Elmets, MD. “The chemokine CXCL5 is a peripheral mediator of pain induced by UVB irradiation to the skin” (Elmets 1). Elmets was trying to find mediators responsible for pain when skin is exposed to UVB radiation. He researched this issue by having 10 healthy volunteers expose their forearms to UVB radiation. He found that the RNA count in molecules increased along with other molecules including CXCL5, which increased the most in number. The volunteers experienced painful sunburns. He concluded that CXCL5 is a suspect pain mediator. Both of the articles I discussed had a similar pattern in structure and style. The articles were presented in a scholarly manner, they were well organized, and both presented plausible conclusions.

A topic that I would like to research is one that relates eating habits and stress fluctuations to facial acne. Can certain diets or stress affect acne? I think this is a great angle to investigate because it urges people to improve their life styles instead of always relying on prescribed medication. Prompting wiser eating habits not only helps the skin but also helps people watch their weight or body mass indexand may encourage a less stressful life style. Due to the fact that many people do not have health insurance, the cost for acne medication becomes a financial burden. This forces them to set aside their skin complications for more crucial financial priorities and does not allow them to realize that they might actually be setting aside their self-confidence as well. Informing people that there are other ways to care for their skin, without purchasing any products, will encourage them to keep their skin healthy and acne free, which in the long run will have a more positive impact beyond physical improvement. Such improvements include self- confidence, social confidence and healthier skin. I do not believe that medicated treatment should be stopped but rather inform the public that just by changing their lifestyle they could possibly defeat acne before needing prescription drugs. This topic will also interest skin researchers. It provides an opportunity to expand our knowledge about our wonderful, unique skin. Researchers could conduct tests to discover the foods that cause acne to flare, and the foods that calm the skin and allow us to shine from the inside. Research could also be done to measure the effects of stress on acne. All these studies could greatly enhance the dermatology field. This topic is interesting to me because it ties science to lifestyle. I am also interested in the fact that people can help themselves instead of using medication.

Dermatology is an amazing field of study. Helping people overcome their skin complications is a unique expertise that I would love to master. To master such a talent I will be writing many research papers. Research papers written in this field are very structured and scholarly. They are mostly written to an educated audience who understands the medical terminology of dermatology. I want to contribute to the world of dermatology. One day I will become a dermatologist, and I will make a difference. I will begin by researching the positive and negative effects of eating habits and stress on acne.

I truly believe that there is a natural alternative to acne besides medication, but the topic needs to be researched. We all have the power to improve ourselves. Let us take a step toward better living.

Works Cited

"BioMed Central | Full Text | Family Eczema-history in 2-year Olds with Eczema; a Prospective, Population-based Study. The PACT-study, Norway." BioMed Central | The Open Access Publisher. BMC Dermatology, 20 May 2011. Web. 23 Sept. 2011. .

Bureau of Labor Statistics. "29-1069.02 - Dermatologists." O*NET OnLine. O*NET, 2009. Web. 23 Sept. 2011. .

Elmets, Craig A. "Chemokines: Attractive Targets in the Sunburn Reaction." Web. 23 Sept. 2011. .

G, Ross. "The Branches of Dermatology - Health." Article Directory - Free Expert Article Directory -, 14 Sept. 2009. Web. 23 Sept. 2011. .

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