4th Year Medical Student Electives in Dermatology

The following electives in dermatology are available to 4th year medical students:

180.1 Dermatology

Instructor: Dr. Amy Chen  and Staff
Location: BUMC, Shapiro 8
Telephone: 617-638-5523
Number of Students: 3 per rotation
Period to be Offered: 4 weeks
Description of Elective:
The department offers a four-week, full-time clinical elective to meet the needs of the students. This clinical elective program includes observing and participating in the care of patients in the Dermatology Service of Shapiro 8 and in consultations on in-patients at Boston Medical Center. Students will work closely with the dermatology residents and attending staff. They also are given lectures covering basic diagnoses and therapies of skin diseases; and are urged to attend and participate in the teaching activities of the department. These include clinical grand rounds, journal club, lectures and seminars on a variety of clinical and basic science subjects related to dermatology.  Before signing up for this elective, please click here for more information.

Once scheduled, a student will not be released from a dermatology elective unless a substitute is provided.

Note: Elective can be taken for four weeks only. There will be no exceptions.

180.11 Dermatology Research

Instructor: Dr. Rhoda Alani and Staff
Location: J Building – BUSM
Telephone: 617-638-5538
Number of Students: 1
Period to be Offered:12 weeks minimum
Description of Elective:
The elective is designed to give interested students an in-depth exposure to laboratory research. Ongoing work includes studies of cellular growth control, mechanisms of cellular aging, controls of melanogenesis and cell-cell interaction in the skin. Most studies involve use of human skin-derived cells and molecular biology techniques. Prior laboratory experience is desirable.

180.14 Dermatopathology

Instructors: Dr. Meera Mahalingam
Location: BUSM – J300
Telephone: 617-638-5574
E-mail: dadrien@bu.edu
Number of Students: 1
Period to be Offered: 4 weeks
Description of Elective:
The elective is designed to give the highly motivated student exposure to the practice of dermatopathology. Much time will be spent in periodically supervised independent study of dermatopathology teaching sets. The student will attend several weekly dermatopathology conferences given by the dermatopathology faculty and fellows, as well as related conferences in the dermatology department including Grand Rounds, clinical-pathologic correlation sessions and clinical dermatology lectures. At the end of the elective, the student will informally present an interesting biopsy specimen chosen by the faculty, with the option of preparing a brief report suitable for publication.

**All student rotators are responsible for arranging their own housing and parking**