Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: All

Distribution of student's time:
2% laboratory work
88% outpatient care
10% conferences/lectures

Average number of patients seen each week: 40

Enrollment/Period: 4 maximum, upon availability

Prerequisites: Year IV

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to basic dermatology with emphasis on dermatologic terminology, diagnosis and therapy of common conditions and detection of potentially serious lesions or condition; interviewing, physical examination, or patient interactions, interpretation of data and clinical judgment.
  • Increase student involvement in conferences, journal clubs.
  • Increase student use/review of the medical literature.


  • Quality of care given
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge
  • Level of skills
  • Professionalism, interaction with staff, house officers, and support staff
  • Enthusiasm to learn, attitude, response to constructive criticism

Methods used in student Evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty and house officers
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports
  • Written/Oral tests possible

Final evaluation will be based on input from all the staff and residents with whom the student has interacted.

This elective is designed for the student who desires significant patient experience in Dermatology. A high proportion of learning is derived from direct patient care in both inpatient and clinical situations. This training is supplemented by daily conferences, lectures and programmed audiovisual study.

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