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

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).
  • 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.