The Face of Love

The Face of Love

Being part of Families in the Loop has lots of perks. At the top of the list is the incredible group of Chicago professionals and business owners I’ve come to know over the past year. Each day they’re hard at work, achieving excellence in their industries and inspiring dreamy entrepreneurs like me to keep going.  So this month I’m dedicating the Families in the Loop blog to these Chicago superstars. And since it’s the month of love, I’ve added a twist. I have asked these experts to share how love has factored into their career choice. Was it love at first sight? How about a breakup? Find out here, all throughout the month of February. Parents, it’s time to recharge our career batteries with FITL’s “Live It - Love It” career series.

The Face of Love

~By Dina Elrashidy, MD, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group

As a wife and mother, I'm full of love for my wonderful husband, daughter, and baby boy on the way.  But I'm also head over heels for my career as a dermatologist.  To be honest, I also harbor a deep affection for Sprinkles cupcakes, but that's a whole other story.

Perhaps it was telling that I taught my cousin and sister about skin care at the tender age of 13 as a self-proclaimed expert.  I’ll also never forget my 7th-grade language arts teacher’s assertion, "Dina, you're going to be a doctor someday."  I can’t say that this prediction was responsible for my chosen vocation, but it is when I first began envisioning myself as a physician.

My dream lost some of its luster during my first year of medical school, though, as I encountered endless reading, smelly cadavers, lack of beauty sleep, and impossible exams.  I told my parents that I wanted to break up with medical school, but they advised me to hang in there and to give it one more semester.  After shedding a few tears, I agreed.  I'm so glad I did.

During my second year of medical school, I was studying with a good friend who had just seen a dermatologist.  He suggested that I look into the field because it was compatible with my attention to detail and visual mindset.  At the time, I didn't really know what dermatology was all about, but I decided to explore.  I quickly learned that I had my work cut out for me — dermatology is one of the most competitive medical specialties out there, but you know what they say about things worth having.

Now in my practice, I have the joy of falling in love again and again with what I do.  The range of diseases, patients, and wonderful colleagues makes dermatology exactly where I want to be.  I'd be lying if I said I don't love extracting blackheads and getting rid of people’s wrinkles, but I am even more in love with diagnosing and treating a wide array of skin diseases.  I know that I’ve found my calling when I get excited after spotting a particular rash or removing a growth.  Just today I felt surge of happiness after removing a cyst from a patient's scalp in one perfect piece.  If that's not love, I don't know what is.

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Portrait of Dina Elrashidy, MD

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