DER 800 Clinical Dermatology, 4 credits

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During this elective, the student will:

  • Become familiar with the general function of the organ system, the anatomy of the skin and adnexal structures, and with pathological processes associated with this organ system
  • Learn to describe skin lesions by morphology and distribution
  • Learn to recognize common skin disorders and understand the role of diagnostic methods and specific treatments
  • Understand the contribution of the dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and the dermatologic surgeon to the overall care of cutaneous disorders and to complete patient care

Students are exposed to adult and pediatric patients at selected affiliated hospitals and outpatient clinical site locations based on scheduling and availability.  The rotation is an ambulatory care experience.

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This is solely an ambulatory care experience.  Monday through Friday students see patients in a very busy dermatology office and students will examine a large number of patients.  During this rotation the student will:

  • Learn to describe skin lesions by morphology and distribution
  • Learn to diagnose and treat common skin disorders
  • Understand the role of the dermatologist, dermatopathologist and dermatologic surgeon in the care of skin disorders

The medical student is given ample autonomy and responsibility in the office.  Responsibilities of the student include:

  • Taking a relevant history from each patient
  • Performing skin exams
  • Administering local anesthesia, intramuscular injections, intralesional therapy, and PPD tests
  • Performing skin biopsies, removal of skin lesions, liquid nitrogen therapy, and other minor surgical procedures under supervision
  • Formulating a treatment plan
  • Providing patient information regarding their conditions
  • Recording the patient’s visit in an electronic medical record (EMR) system
  • Contacting patients with their laboratory and biopsy results

Students should contact the course coordinator for site location.

Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

Modules: A-K  Blocks: 1-4

Number of students: 2

Course Director: Robert E. Kalb, MD

Course Coordinator: Michelle Pelletier