Clinical Dermatology Course Overview

During this rotation, medical students will work in dermatology clinics with other students also gaining inpatient consult service experience. Our goal is to offer students the opportunity to learn basic approaches for diagnosis and management of common skin problems that present in clinical practice and address other key areas of dermatologic knowledge.

In addition to recognizing skin problems, students learn the principles and practice of topical therapy with wet dressings, steroids, emollients and antipruritic therapy. Students are also trained to recognize major life-threatening skin diseases and skin markers of systemic disease. Finally, all students become facile with dermatologic vocabulary in order to generate clinical differential diagnoses and accurately describe a rash or a lesion to a dermatologist when requesting their consultative services in the future.

There are several clinical sites for the Dermatology rotation, each with their own character and unique opportunities. Our rotations are often a mix of two-three different sites throughout the week.

Responsibilities and Evaluations

  • Remember you will be seeing patients, so please dress appropriately.  Wear your clean white jackets, a name tag, and appear well-groomed in the clinics and on ward rounds. Take as much primary responsibility in the clinics as you can. 
  • Following the session, please complete your evaluation forms. It is mandatory that you fill out the evaluations as it helps us improve. If you have concerns mid-rotation for any reason, please reach out to the division for support. Here is an example of the PDF iconMedicine APC Mid-Rotation Feedback Form