180.1 Dermatology Elective

Welcome to your rotation in dermatology! We are glad you have the opportunity to spend some time on our service and trust that the experience will be both enjoyable and educational. Please review this information carefully before starting your rotation.

Summary and Description of Elective

The Dermatology elective provides a student with an opportunity to develop fundamental dermatology skills in a 4 week period.  It is an ambulatory rotation at the Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center integrated with a vibrant inpatient consultation service at Boston Medical Center. You will be exposed to general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatology specialty clinics as well as certain procedures. You will directly interact with dermatology residents, international trainees, our clinical support staff as well as various dermatology attendings.

Blocks are available throughout the academic year. (For a list of block date, please click here.) Preference for blocks earlier in the academic year will be given to those students interested in dermatology residency.  Please note that completing a dermatology elective with us does NOT guarantee a residency interview.

For Non-BU students, your application must be received by the Dermatology Department (via VSAS) at least 2 months prior to the first day of the block. Required additional information: Step 1 USMLE and CV should be sent directly to dermtrng@bu.edu.

Our clinics are very busy and offer a robust learning experience.  You are encouraged to be an integral part of the dermatology team.  Some attending physicians may let you see patients on your own depending on the nature of the clinic.  You may be observing for a significant portion of your rotation. Please check with the specific attending dermatologist you are with that day. We ask that you be sensitive to the pace of the clinic; in some sessions you may have to hold your questions until all the patients have been seen.

There will also be opportunities for you to see inpatient dermatology consults. Seeing the patients on your own or with the consult resident and presenting the case to the attending is a great way to get more involved.

You are encouraged to ask questions and take initiative in self-learning through reading and literature searches.  Reading assignments and additional educational resources are listed under CURRICULUM.