Dermatology Elective 180.1

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.


Elective Director:  Lynne J. Goldberg, MD

Short Summary 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 integrated with a vibrant inpatient consultation service. Generally, there are two to three 4th year medical students and one internal medicine or family medicine resident on the rotation. You will be exposed to general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatology specialty clinics as well as certain procedures.

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 Daniella Adrien at

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.

Description of Elective

The dermatology elective is a four week ambulatory rotation integrated with a vibrant inpatient consultation service.  The main dermatology outpatient clinics are located at Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center.  During this rotation, you will directly interact with dermatology residents, international trainees, our clinical support staff as well as various dermatology attendings.

Our clinics very busy and offer a robust learning experience.  In general, you are encouraged to see patients and be part of the integral dermatology team.  Some attending physicians may let you see patients on your own while others may not.  Please check with the specific attending dermatologist you are with that day.  There will also be opportunities for you to see inpatient dermatology consults. Please be sensitive to the pace of the clinic. There will be days when the clinics are very busy and your questions and teaching may have to wait until after the clinic is over.  Please also refrain from offering diagnostic opinions or advice and counseling to patients on dermatologic matters without first reviewing with the dermatology attendings.

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.