Shreya Deoghare, MBBS shares her experience with Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
I am thankful for the preceptorship program offered by the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery that gave me the opportunity to undergo a two-week long preceptorship with Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California.
I recently completed a dermatology residency in India, with limited access to energy-based devices. However, these two weeks were packed with opportunities that gave me a first-hand learning experience about cosmetic dermatology involving lasers, injectables and procedures, about which I had read only in books. Since I have a strong interest in research, I was fascinated to learn about the concepts behind current research projects for development of new standards of treatment.
I feel truly honored that Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman accepted me as a preceptee. Dr. Goldman has invented and helped in the development of several lasers like Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Q-switch alexandrite, Ultra Pulse CO2, laser resurfacing procedures, liposculpture, and vein therapy. It was an incredible opportunity to learn the ideas that drove him to build and advance these technologies. Additionally, I learned about the various energy-based devices, including descriptions, indications, and justifications for why one device is recommended over another as well as his strategies and methods for employing lasers to treat various skin diseases. It was fascinating to watch him combine several lasers and techniques to produce the best results possible in a single session.
It was wonderful to see how he interacted with patients - educating them about their skin condition, suggesting treatments, pre-procedural care, and ensuring they felt at ease during painful procedures, and post-operation care, especially following such sophisticated laser and surgical procedures. It truly helped me gain insight into the highest level of patient care.
Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, was truly “The World of Lasers and Injectables in Cosmetic-Dermatology”, wherein I had the chance to learn about numerous energy-based devices such as intense pulse light laser (IPL), pulse dye laser (PDL), picosecond lasers like PicoWay and PicoSure, the advanced Fraxel Repair, Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Dual, and also V-beam Prima, Alexandrite, Ruby, Ultrapulse Carbon Dioxide Laser, Accolade, Acupulse, ResurFX, CynoSure- microneedling radiofrequeny as well as procedures such as Ultratherapy, Sclerotherapy, Cool Touch Endovenous Laser Ablation (CTEV), Laser resurfacing of scars, Thread Lift, Sculptra injections for facial rejuvenation, microliposuction. Additionally, I learned about neurotoxins and their use in various dermatoses as well as several filler types for the rejuvenation of the hands, face, and lips.
I also had the opportunity to learn a number of treatments from Dr. Sabrina Fabi, particularly how to tighten the skin using microfocused ultrasound or Ultra-therapy, as well as use of fillers and neuromodulators to provide natural-looking results. With Dr. Monica Boen, I gained knowledge of treatments such as pulse dye laser (PDL), Erbium:YAG, micro needling radiofrequency (MNRF), diode laser, micro-liposuction, etc. Discussing the most recent developments and forthcoming treatment methods in dermatology with her was a lot of fun. Moreover, I also had a chance to learn from Dr. Kimberly Butterwick, Dr. William Groff, Dr. Kunal Angra and the fellows Dr. Jameson Loyal and Dr. Nina Hartman.
My interaction with the medical assistants, nurses, surgical technicians, research coordinators and staff, and the aesthetician and photography staff at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was very fruitful. It helped me understand how well-organized set-ups can achieve excellent patient care and follow-up.
Dr. Goldman and his incredible team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology inspire us to not only excel in patient care but also think out of the box to drive ideas and innovations to advance research for development of newer treatment modalities for better patient care. I am truly grateful to have a mentor like him. I'm excited to utilize the knowledge I acquired from this experience in my future work.