Goals and Objectives

Teaching Elective Goal

The purpose of the dermatology elective is to provide a learning environment for the student to develop basic dermatology skills.


By the end of the dermatology elective, the BUSM student will be able to:

  1. Accurately describe skin lesions including morphology, configuration and distribution. (B,U,C)
  2. Recognize the clinical manifestations of common dermatologic conditions.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with common diagnostic procedures.
  4. Identify 1st and 2nd lines of therapy for common dermatologic conditions. (U,R,E)
  5. Demonstrate understanding of basic epidemiology and risk factors for malignant melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer. (U,R)
  6. Identify clinical situations in which a dermatologist should be consulted and other clinical situations which may be managed without referral. (U,C,S)

Furthermore, we expect that rotating students and residents will:

  1. Interact with patients, their families, our office staff and other health professionals in a manner that is culturally sensitive and appropriate to the resident’s dual role as healthcare provider and student of dermatology. (B,A)
  2. Communicate with patients, their families, our office staff and other healthcare providers in an effective fashion in spoken and written English. (B)
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and dress and deportment appropriate to a physician. (B,A)
  4. Wear neat, clean clothing, a white coat and identification badge when seeing patients. (A)