Medical Student clerkship

MEDECK 604 Clinical Dermatology Course Objectives

At the completion of this elective, the student will be able to:

  1. Use the language of dermatology to effectively and accurately describe skin conditions or lesions.
  2. Demonstrate focused history-taking, physical examination, and oral and written presentations suitable for the skin.
  3. Outline a basic approach to the diagnosis and management of common skin conditions including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Recognize potentially life-threatening skin diseases such as serious drug eruptions, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and autoimmune blistering disorders.
  7. Successfully demonstrate essential dermatologic diagnostic procedures including KOH examination, scabies prep, shave biopsy, and punch biopsy of the skin.

MEDECK 616 Advanced Clinical Dermatology Objectives


Prerequisite: must have completed four weeks of Clinical Dermatology prior to start of rotation.

This is an advanced dermatology elective; each student will focus on one or two of four areas, which will be determined prior to starting the rotation in consultation with Dr. Vary: Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology, or Advanced Medical Dermatology.

Goals:
Depending upon the clinical interest of the student, the student will achieve one of the following (to be determined prior to starting the rotation):

Dermatologic Surgery:
  • To learn the natural history of common skin cancers
  • To learn the principles of surgical and non-surgical management of common skin cancers
  • To learn basic suturing technique of the dermis and epidermis
Dermatopathology:
  • To learn the approach to examining histologic specimens of the skin
  • To learn how to build a differential diagnosis for both tumors and inflammatory conditions in skin biopsies
  • To learn the importance of the clinicopathologic correlation
Pediatric Dermatology:
  • To learn the approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common skin problems encountered in the pediatric population
  • To learn the basic and intermediate principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy in children, with steroids, calcineurin inhibitors, antibiotics, and isotretinoin.
  • To learn how to interact with both child and parent to obtain a complete history and effectively communicate a treatment plan
Advanced Medical Dermatology:
  • To refine the approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common skin problems encountered in a complex medically ill population.
  • To learn basic and intermediate principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy with wet dressings, steroids, emollients and antipruritic therapy.
  • To learn to recognize major life-threatening skin diseases and markers of systemic disease.

 

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