4th Year Medical Student Electives in Dermatology


180.1 Dermatology

Instructor:  Margaret Lee, MD, PhD
Location: BUMC, Shapiro 8
Telephone: 617.358.9700
Number of Students: 2-3 per rotation
Period to be Offered: 4 weeks

Description of Elective:
The department offers a four-week, full-time clinical elective to meet the needs of students. This clinical elective program includes observing and participating in the care of patients in the Dermatology Service of Shapiro 8 and in consultations on in-patients at Boston Medical Center. Students will work closely with the dermatology residents and attending staff. They also are given lectures covering basic diagnoses and therapies of skin diseases, and are urged to attend and participate in the teaching activities of the department. These include clinical grand rounds, journal club, lectures and seminars on a variety of clinical and basic science subjects related to dermatology.

Note: Elective can be taken for four weeks only. There will be no exceptions.


180.11 Research in Dermatology

Instructor:  Rhoda Alani, MD
Location: J Building – BUSM
Telephone: 617.358.9700
Number of Students: 1
Period to be Offered: 8 or 12 weeks

Description of Elective:
The elective is designed to give interested students an in-depth exposure to both clinical and laboratory research. Ongoing work includes studies of stem cells, cellular growth control, epigenetics, mechanisms of cellular aging, controls of melanogenesis and cell-cell interaction in the skin. Most studies involve use of human skin-derived cells and molecular biology techniques. Prior laboratory experience is desirable for basic science projects. The elective is not limited to basic science. It could be focused on patient-based clinical research or psycho-social projects.


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