Taking Care of Business
Sitting Down With… Stefanie Schmickler, CEO of Augen Zentrum Nordwest in Germany and Deputy Editor of GMS Ophthalmology Cases
Why did you choose to specialize in ophthalmology?
I originally wanted to go into dermatology, as I had been suffering from severe acne – the reason I chose to study medicine in the first place – but there were already too many doctors in Germany by the time I finished my thesis. I had no chance of getting a residency in dermatology. Ophthalmology had always been an alternative for me as I had been wearing contact lenses for several years and liked the complexity of the human eye. Nevertheless, I still like dermatopathology and I can imagine assisting part-time in a laboratory when I retire.
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