MEDECK 604 Clinical Dermatology Course

The teaching curriculum for this Advance Placement Course in dermatology has several components, and is designed to have a mix of hands-on, patient centered learning as well as interactive didactic-based teaching sessions and independent learning. Participation in dermatology clinics and inpatient consultations occur at several sites:

  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Seattle VA Medical Center

Weekly academic activities include a continuing series of teaching seminars, clinical conferences, and dermatopathology conferences. Grand Rounds, Patient Conferences, and Journal Club on alternating weeks.

Objectives
  • Evaluate patients seen in consultation with a member of the Dermatology Inpatient Consulting team.
  • Demonstrate basic approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common skin problems.
  • Discuss basic principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy with wet dressings, steroids, emollients and antipruritic therapy.
  • Recognize major life-threatening skin diseases and markers of systemic disease.
  • Utilize dermatologic vocabulary in order to generate clinical differential diagnoses and accurately describe a rash or a lesion when requesting consultative services.
  • Recognize common skin tumors, and understand appropriate diagnostics tests used in dermatology.
  • Demonstrate appropriate history-taking and general physical examination with special attention to examination and description of the skin.
  • Construct write-ups and oral presentations to be as precise and efficient as possible in communication about patients.
  • Perform special diagnostic procedures (KOH, Tzanck test, patch test, skin biopsy) to assist in delineating patients' problems.

CONJ 629 Pediatric Dermatology Elective

This is a full-time rotation in Pediatric Dermatology at Seattle Children's Hospital, which is a referral hospital for all of the Pacific Northwest. Pediatric disorders such as eczema are seen commonly, unusual and complicated patients are also commonplace in these clinics. Inpatient consults are also a significant portion of this rotation. This is ideal for students with an interest in pediatrics, family medicine, or medical genetics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of required medicine and pediatrics clerkships.

At the completion of these courses, the student will be able to:

  • Use the language of dermatology to effectively and accurately describe skin conditions or lesions.
  • Demonstrate focused history-taking, physical examination, and oral and written presentations suitable for the skin.
  • Outline a basic approach to the diagnosis and management of common skin conditions including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Apply the basic principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy including the appropriate use of emollients, topical steroids, antipruritic therapies, and systemic immunosuppressants.
  • Correctly identify common skin tumors such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma; outline basic management plans including the method of biopsy, appropriate surgical management, and patient follow up intervals.
  • Recognize potentially life-threatening skin diseases such as serious drug eruptions, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and autoimmune blistering disorders.
  • Successfully demonstrate essential dermatologic diagnostic procedures including KOH examination, scabies prep, shave biopsy, and punch biopsy of the skin.