Spotlight on GP Education with our Education and Research Fellow
With a background in research science, Dr Laxmi Iyengar has always been drawn to the pursuit of new knowledge, leading her to embark on a career in medicine with the impact her research could have on improving the health and well-being of her patients.
Her interest in skin health was sparked by a love for teaching and the gratification it brings. Joining the Skin Health Institute as an Education and Research Fellow has allowed Laxmi to consolidate her knowledge and support the education of her fellow GPs – an opportunity she finds incredibly rewarding. Through her role, she actively contributes to GP education workshops, sharing her expertise and insights to enhance the dermatological knowledge of her colleagues.
Reflecting on a memorable patient experience, Laxmi recalls a case involving a young child with severe eczema. Witnessing the impact of this condition on the child and their family reinforced the significance of education in managing such common skin conditions.
In addition to her educational endeavours, Laxmi is involved in exciting research projects and clinical trials. One notable project is the Spot Diagnosis Podcast a podcast series that examines the skin complaints commonly encountered by general practitioners. It provides evidence-based, up-to-date medical education and information aimed at upskilling GPs and other healthcare practitioners in treating skin complaints, in order to improve the skin health of our communities.
Laxmi envisions the field of skin health evolving rapidly over the next 5-10 years. With the increasing prevalence of skin disorders and the rising burden of skin diseases, GPs will play a crucial role in managing these conditions, “the burden of skin diseases affects millions of Australians, and as GPs, we are at the forefront of tackling this challenge,” she says, “the rapid advancements in biologicals and small molecule inhibitors offer promising possibilities for improving skin health.”
Dr Iyengar’s future career goals include continued contributions to education and research, ensuring that GPs like you have access to the latest knowledge and best practices. As part of this, we’re thrilled to announce that Laxmi will be facilitating our upcoming GP Workshops. We encourage all GPs to take advantage of these workshops to enhance their dermatological skills and expand their understanding of skin health.