Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Danica Xie is a fifth year medical student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney who recently completed a research year based at the Department of Dermatology, St George Hospital in Sydney. Being a country student from Walcha, she is keen to return to a regional centre as a rural dermatologist in the near future.
Her main research interest has been in the field of blistering skin diseases and hair disorders, as she continues to do research under the direction of Professor Dédée Murrell, and alongside international dermatology fellows, Dr Asli Bilgic-Temel and Dr Nada Abu Alrub. Most notably, the acquired experience in the use and interpretation of trichoscopy led to a cross-sectional study of alopecia in autoimmune blistering diseases, characterised by classic diagnostic features on dermoscopy.
She is a recent member of the Australian Society of Dermatologic Research (ASDR). She is also a member of the UNSW Dermatology Society, 2018 President of the UNSW Rural Allied Health and Medical Society (RAHMS), 2019 Community and Advocacy Officer on the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN), and the UNSW Representative of the Australian Medical Students’ Journal (AMSJ). In 2017, she was an Associate Editor for the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) Global Health journal, Vector, and was Social Media Director for the AMSJ, which reached 9000 followers during her past 2 years in the role.