Kristin Faverio is a medical student in her 5th year at Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
After graduating from high school in Como, Italy with the highest possible grade, she came to Germany to begin her medical studies. Already early in the course of her studies she developed a passion for dermatology and completed two internships in this field, including an internship in France at Hôpital Lyon Sud. In the third year, she worked on a project about laser therapy of acne and participated in a class about aesthetic dermatology. During these works she discovered a particular interest in clinical dermatological research.
In spring 2019, Ms Faverio started her doctoral thesis “Patient preferences for treatment of acne inversa”, supervised by Prof. Dr. Wiebke Ludwig-Peitsch, head of the Department of Dermatology at the Vivantes Klinikum in Friedrichhain, Berlin, Germany.
Her project is a multicenter observational survey study that will include 200 patients from seven dermatology departments in Germany. The aim of her work is to identify patient preferences for the different treatment options for acne inversa, including antibiotics, biologicals and surgical therapy, by using discrete choice experiments. Acne inversa is a burdensome disease with enormous detrimental impact on personal relationships, social life, work and recreational activities. She hopes that her results will be a basis for better integration of patients’ needs into shared decision making and therefore a motor for better patient satisfaction, compliance and treatment outcome.