Miia Perälä is a skin disease expert, treating a range of conditions from acne to atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. She wanted to become a doctor because medicine combines working with people and applying a scientific approach. She chose skin diseases because the field is so diverse, which is reflected in her special expertise.
“The best aspect of this work is its diversity and the fact that you can solve problems with different kinds of people. Making the correct diagnosis requires being genuinely there for the patient. Only then can you create trust, with the patient being open about their story. Working with patients and making a diagnosis is what it’s all about; listening to the patient and using your expertise.”
Miia is known as a doctor with a warm manner and good interpersonal skills. She is thorough and takes account of the patient’s overall situation. Continuous learning and openness to new information is also important, and even crucial, to working as a doctor. Indeed, she is working on her doctorate on children’s atopic dermatitis alongside her patient work.