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02 Nov 2023 | CAPS Clinic

Kaila’s Dermal Science Degree – Part 3

What were the most recent subjects about?

I recently completed my last dermal science unit 4 and started my skin management unit.

Dermal Sciences 4 explored the concepts of ageing in our integumentary system and our craniofacial anatomy. We examined the influence of race and sex on these subjects and how these could impact specific outcomes. Knowledge was developed on cell biology, biochemistry, and genomics, all to assist in understanding human development, focusing on the influences of our endocrine system and theories relating to age.

Skin Management 1 explored scientific principles, evidence, and best practices of skin health, skin repair, and regeneration. This was a starting point for the development of problem-based learning to approach how to manage skin health, repair, and regeneration and utilise a variety of stage-appropriate assessments and management strategies. This unit will continue to be developed through the following year.

What did you enjoy learning the most?

In Dermal Sciences 4, I really enjoyed learning about cranial facial development and how this can all be related to age, sex, race, and gender diversity. There is not a lot of research on this subject, but it was fascinating to learn about. I also enjoyed exploring theories of ageing and examining the internal and external factors that could influence the signs of ageing.

In Skin Management 1, I enjoyed exploring deeper into the process of wound development and what we can do to help repair and regenerate the skin following an injury. Treatment techniques, interventions, and how to maintain skin health in skin repair and regeneration were also discussed. This was confusing, but putting the steps together to comprehend the healing process was quite enjoyable.

What was the hardest thing about these subjects or studying in general?

In Dermal Sciences 4, I found the entire unit challenging, as it was the last Dermal Sciences unit to complete. Trying to recall everything from the previous units to apply in this unit was sometimes tricky. The assessments were quite extensive, with a quiz and podcast scheduled every week and a poster presentation on the last day. This really challenged my time management ability.

With Skin Management 1, the most challenging thing was the content to learn. It grasped all the new information about how wounds develop, the healing stages, what conditions can affect the skin, and how they present. It certainly felt like an overload of information at times, and it was essential to revise consistently as I was going through the remainder of the unit.

What did you learn that was interesting?

In Dermal Sciences 4, there was a discussion on craniofacial development, and I found it fascinating how genetics and environmental factors can play a significant role in shaping an individual’s unique facial characteristics. When it was compared to the natural signs of ageing, we observed that their facial bones changed shape and density, leading to visible signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and sagging skin.

In Skin Management 1, I found the whole process of how a wound can heal quite interesting. There are stages of wound healing that start with haemostasis (blood clothing), then the inflammation proliferation (tissue formation) starts, and finally, we see the remodelling stage (maturation of tissue). Once these stages have occurred, we begin to observe the scar formation process. I found all this quite fascinating.

How will these subjects help you as a Dermal Clinician?

The Dermal Sciences 4 unit brings together an understanding of how Dermal Clinicians need to have an integrated and extensive knowledge of our genomic and epigenomic systems, cranial facial development and understanding of endocrine and integumentary systems. This will all help us determine certain diseases, skin conditions, and theories regarding ageing to determine the best treatment method.

Many treatments that Dermal Clinicians perform can create some wound processes. With the Skin Management 1 unit, we have begun to understand how wounds repair and regenerate following skin injury and what treatment options or interventions we can use to make the skin healthy and the skin in the repair and regeneration phase. It helps us learn how to investigate and evaluate evidence-based strategies and how crucial Dermal Clinicians can be in the interprofessional management of the skin.

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