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Electives - Dermatology


Elective Number: 1201 (Oasis E10a)

Rotation Supervisors: Drs. Maggie Noland & Jeanne Young

Available: Rotations 1 & 2 - Arranged & Rotations 3-14 by lottery

Duration: 4-weeks only ( R1, 2 & 5-9) & 2 or 4-weeks (R3, 4 & 10-14)

Report to: Chief Residents

Time to Report: 9:00 am

Place to Report: Dermatology Clinic Conference Room (3rd floor Primary Care Center)

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at didactic sessions and clinics is mandatory. The students will be given a schedule of these at the beginning of the rotation.

• Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Rotation Supervisor.
During the 4 week rotation, students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week for interviews between November 1 and February 1.

• During the 2 week rotation, students are expected to be present for all 10 days in order to receive credit for the rotation.

• Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service

Number of students per rotation: 4 students (rotations 1-4 & 10-12) & 2 students (rotations 5-9, 13 & 14)

Suggested Preparatory Reading: Any basic dermatology textbook available in the library or internet sources. Please read website: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/dermatology/medstudent-rotation.cfm

Course Description: Goals: The goal of the Department of Dermatology is to provide an outstanding dermatologic experience. This includes ensuring they attain a basic knowledge of skin disease that will enable them to practice medicine and facilitate the passing of dermatologic questions on national accreditation examinations.

This will be accomplished by "hands on" clinical evaluation of patients with skin disease under the supervision of dermatology faculty and residents. The clinical experience will be complimented by academic small group lectures, as well as by a written and visual examination.

In addition the department will provide counseling to those students who are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology.


  1. The students will be able to obtain a history from patients pertinent to their presenting skin disease.
  2. The students will be able to adequately perform physical examination of the skin, hair, nails and mucosal surfaces as well as describe any disease using dermatologic terminology.
  3. The students will be able to correlate history and physical findings, present a differential diagnosis and formulate diagnostic and/or treatment plans for the presenting skin disease.
  4. The students will become familiar with diagnostic skin tests (i.e. shave biopsy, punch biopsy).
  5. The students will be able to perform and analyze office laboratory procedures used in diagnosing skin disorders. These include: potassium hydroxide preps, cytodiagnostic preps, hair mounts, parasitic mounts, wet preps, wood's lamp and patch tests.
  6. The students will attend all resident and medical student lectures. Students will be expected to report to the clinic conference room every morning from 8:00-9:00 Tuesday - Friday.
  7. The students must pass the final day examination (65% or higher), which will consist of a written exam and a slide identification exam. This examination will be taken directly from the student lecture curriculum.
  8. The students must give a brief 10-minute verbal/visual presentation on a topi of interest.
  9. Students will be assigned to an attending or resident for clinic, Monday through Friday, morning and afternoon. Clinic begins every morning at 9:00 and every afternoon at 1:00. Promptness is mandatory. Students will actively participate in patient care under the directions and supervision of the physician they are assigned to. The student bulletin board in the conference room will have the assignments for each student. The residents will be in charge of assignments and any scheduling problems should be addressed to them.
  10. The clinic duty ends at the conclusion of the final patient appointment. Attendings or residents may, however, release students earlier depending on any given circumstance.
  11. There is no call for students.