Course ID: MED 797K/997K
Discipline: Medicine
Prerequisites: 8 or more weeks of core clerkships.
Available Sites: Bay City
Duration: 2 or 4 weeks


The purpose of the Dermatology rotation is to prepare the student to recognize and treat commonly encountered problems in dermatology and to become familiar with diagnostic techniques used to diagnose dermatologic disorders. Students will also learn when it is appropriate to initiate a referral to a dermatologist.

Key Objectives

  • To learn the clinical features, pathophysiology, and treatment of common dermatologic diseases such as acne, papulosquamous disorders, skin cancer, autoimmune skin rashes, and skin infections.
  • To learn the rationale and basics of diagnostic procedures for dermatologic diseases including skin biopsy.
  • To learn the action and pharmacology of common medications used to treat dermatologic diseases topical corticosteroids and other topical agents, immunotherapy for autoimmune skin infections, and acne treatments.
  • Complete a comprehensive dermatology consultation.
  • Describe the key elements of managing common dermatologic diseases.
  • To develop skills to distinguish the morphologic features of common dermatologic disorders.
  • To observe and gain experience in the utility of skin biopsies in diagnosing dermatologic diseases.
  • Communicating with primary care physicians as a consultant.
  • Communicating effectively with patients and their families.
  • Demonstrate respect and compassion for all patients.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional responsibilities and adherence to ethical principles.
  • Incorporate considerations of cost-effectiveness into diagnostic and therapeutic plans.

Assessment Method

College of Medicine standard elective assessment will be completed by supervising faculty at conclusion of elective clerkship.

Scheduling Information

Interested students should contact CMU College of Medicine Department of Distributed Clinical Education at