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Dr. Luís Abegão Pinto is the Head of the Glaucoma Clinic, Department of Ophthalmology, Lisbon North University Hospital Centre. He is also the Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon University, Portugal. He has authored or co-authored 88 indexed, peer-reviewed papers in Glaucoma, with a primary interest in non-IOP risk factors and glaucoma surgery.
In 2005, Dr. Luis Abegão Pinto graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Lisbon University. In 2012, he obtained his PhD in Ophthalmology from the same institute. Moreover, he is a member of the Executive Board of the European Glaucoma Society since 2018.
Young individuals have multiple options to choose from during high school. They aim toward scoring well in class and those who are able to achieve good grades have a tremendous number of options to choose from. Teenagers have brilliant minds and career ideas. They don’t prefer opting for a cliche job, looking forward to doing something out of the ordinary. Furthermore, they want a career that is exciting and challenging.
From ENT to Ophthalmology
Dr. Luis Abegão Pinto was very passionate about the field of ophthalmology. Even after practising as a resident for ENT for 2 years, he did not hesitate before switching to ophthalmology! Doctors are passionate about their work. Dr. Luis is also a workaholic and that’s what motivates him to wake up every morning to go to work; him dedicated to working on what he loves with full conviction. Dr. Luis does not mind his hectic routine because that’s what he always wanted to do.
Surgeons love being in the OR despite the tense and stressful atmosphere. They consider it their second home and choose the field because they get to save lives and alleviate the pain of those who are suffering. it gives them eternal peace and satisfaction because it is their way of serving the patients. Moreover, it is a skill that they cherish throughout their practice.
Dr. Luis Abegão Pinto highly encourages and admires family support. Doctors want to go back home to their families and relax after working continuously for days. Their family is a source of calmness for them and their mental health, helping them ease their mind before the next day starts. Moreover, a similar applies to workplace relationships. The environment should be healthy and colleagues should be co-operative with each other.
The environment of a workplace matters a lot. It has a deep impact on the workers’ physical and mental well-being. In a toxic work environment, doctors feel more exhausted making the chances for burn-out much higher. Doctors work best in a peaceful and understanding working environment. Getting the appreciation and recognition they deserve is always beneficial and motivates individuals to do better.
Exclusive Take on Interference of COVID-19 and Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology has its specificities. Elderly patients are the main focus of ophthalmology. They are prone to cataracts, glaucoma, and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). Furthermore, this particular age group was afraid the most during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Luis’s Area of Interest
Glaucoma is his primary area of interest
Dr. Luis has authored or co-authored 80 indexed, peer-reviewed papers in Glaucoma, with a primary interest in non-IOP risk factors and glaucoma surgery. Moreover, he was nominated by the World Glaucoma Association (WGA).
Start Young, Start now!
Every young doctor must focus on building themselves during the early stage of their careers. Your priorities will change with time. You will want to start a family and a lot more. There is no right time to begin. Start at the earliest instead of waiting for circumstances to be in your favour. Don’t delay it. In the UK, ophthalmology is for 7 years. During this duration, you start a family and you begin to prioritize multiple matters. Give your maximum in the first years of residency. In these years, your spouse and family will give you the leverage to travel to other cities, states and countries. These years are critical.
Explore Other Hospitals
Dr. Luis Abegão Pinto encourages young doctors to practise clinical skills in other hospitals and not just in their parent city or country. Medicine is universal but the way it functions across the world is very different. Medical students and young doctors may think of their parent teaching hospital as well-privileged. They need to go out of their hospital to see how other less-privileged hospitals with limited resources and privileged hospitals with multiple resources work under the same guidelines.
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