Curriculum and Evaluation
The curriculum includes reading assignment and brief presentation (see below), patient encounters in the outpatient and inpatient setting, bedside teaching by dermatology attendings, resident teaching, lectures/conferences and grand rounds.
Reading assignment: It is required that you go through the American Academy of Dermatology Medical student core curriculum modules and the Dermatology procedure safety module. These can be found on http://www.aad.org/education-and-quality-care/medical-student-core-curriculum.
Each AAD medical student module is composed of a power point presentation and a self-assessment at the end. Typically, each module takes < 30 minutes to complete. There are also videos on the website for the various dermatologic procedures. The link offers a suggested module order. This can be done during “down time” in clinic or at home.
Presentation: Each student is required to give a five minute PowerPoint presentation at the end of their elective on a topic of their choice (typically based on a patient they have seen during their rotation).
Other educational resources:
- Department of Dermatology Library (textbooks, atlases, journal collection)
- Marks JG, Miller JJ. Lookingbill and Marks’ Principles of Dermatology. 4th ed. W.B. Saunders Co.; 2006.
- Habif TP. Clinical Dermatology: a color guide to diagnosis and therapy. 4th ed. Mosby, Inc.; 2004. (Great reference book for any primary care practitioner).
- www.dermatologylexicon.org. This website provides an interactive look at primary morphology of the skin.
Students will be evaluated based on direct observation by faculty and residents for clinical performance (50%) and professionalism (20%) as well as the end of rotation quiz and oral presentation (30%). Grades of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail and Incomplete will be used. In general, a grade of Honors will be given to students who demonstrate a keen interest and superior knowledge in the subject matter and become highly involved in patient care. A final summative evaluation will be given to the Registrar by the course director.