4th year clinical elective

If you are currently in medical school and would like information on a fourth year elective in Dermatology, please see our information in the Fourth Year Medical Curriculum

This is a four week course and students who sign up and are approved are expected to commit to the four weeks without extended absences.

The chief residents will give educational lectures every Thursday afternoon and you are expected to take an end of rotation exam.

The majority of our clinics (medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, Mohs surgery, excision clinic, and dermatopathology) are located on the 4th floor at Springhill Medical Building. We also have a clinic off-site at the VA Dermatology Clinic.

Clinical Dermatology Rotation –Objectives

  • To introduce students to the scope, breadth and magnitude of dermatologic disease.
  • To familiarize students with focused history and exam for various skin conditions.
  • To acquaint students with various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • To enable students to recognize common skin problems.
  • To expose students to more serious and less common disorders

Suggested topics for reading

  • Basic chapter on pattern, morphology and descriptive terminology used in dermatology.
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis and Irritant Contact Dermatitis.
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Drug Eruptions
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Common Viral Diseases: HSV, VZV, Moluscum Contagiosum, HPV.
  • Superficial Fungal Infection: Tinea Pedis, T.Capitus, T.Corporis/Cruris, Onychomycosis
  • Bacterial Infection: Impetigo, Cellulitis, Folliculitis, Furuculosis.
  • Viral exanthems: 5th diease, Chickenpox, Roseola.
  • Ectoparasites: Scabies, Lice.
  • Nevi and other benign growths.
  • Malignancies: Basal Cell, Squamous Cell, Melanoma
  • Topical Steroids in Dermatology.