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Is there anyone in the Dermatology field available to help me with an Informational Interview project?

I am a junior in high school and I am in a pre college program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). We are currently working on a project which is a 15 minute informational interview where we interview a professional in our dream field of study. During this interview, I will be asking questions to learn about your job and experiences as a Dermatologist. I am interested in majoring in chemistry to later become a Medical Dermatologist after high school. Thank you!

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Junied’s Answer

Utilize Personal Connections: Start by asking family members, friends, or acquaintances if they know any dermatologists who might be willing to participate in an informational interview. They may have connections within their network that could be helpful.

Reach Out to Local Dermatology Clinics: Contact local dermatology clinics or hospitals in your area and inquire if any dermatologists would be willing to spare some time for an informational interview. You can explain that you're a high school student interested in pursuing a career in dermatology and are eager to learn more about the field.

Contact Professional Organizations: Explore professional organizations related to dermatology, such as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). They may have resources or directories that can help you find dermatologists who are open to informational interviews.

Use Online Platforms: Websites like LinkedIn can be valuable resources for finding professionals in specific fields. You can search for dermatologists in your area or beyond and send polite, professional messages explaining your project and requesting an informational interview.

Be Professional and Courteous: When reaching out to potential interviewees, be clear about your intentions, respectful of their time, and professional in your communication. Explain the purpose of the informational interview, how it aligns with your educational goals, and express gratitude for their willingness to participate.

Remember to prepare thoughtful questions in advance for your informational interview to make the most of the opportunity to learn about the field of dermatology and the experiences of practicing dermatologists. Good luck with your project!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Junied! Karen
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Karen !

I hope that you get response for your project and would like to suggest various ways in addition for you to send out interview requests to doctors. I have left some links below for telemedicine and the California Skin Institute. If you e-mail them it may be easy for them to e-mail you back with the answers to your interview questions.

I would also advise posting your interview questions on Linked In and messaging some dermatologists. I would also suggest that visiting a medical school may help. Regardless of the source, many doctors keep a very tight schedule. You can also call your doctor and ask if they know anyone that would want to participate. Direct in person contact and posting on Linked In messaging dermatologists may help.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

SKY MD ONLINE DERMATOLOGY https://www.skymd.com/
DERMATOLOGISTS ON CALL https://dermatologistoncall.com/
CALIFORNIA SKIN INSTITUTE https://www.californiaskininstitute.com/locations/dermatologist-castro-valley-ca/
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice! I appreciate it. Karen
Thank you comment icon You are welcome, Karen ! Michelle M.
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