Student Information

Motivated medical students who are interested in dermatology research

are highly encouraged to apply for the UIC Skin Imaging Research Fellowship. Students who are planning their One Year Research are strongly encouraged to apply. Awarded students will receive a $2,500 award. The projects involve skin imaging using either optical coherence tomography (OCT), ultrasound or photoacoustic imaging, with/without a contrast agent, for the purpose of differentiation between melanoma and benign nevi, detecting the border of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) legions, and study other skin abnormalities such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and also burned skin. The projects are collaboration between the Dermatology Department and Biomedical Engineering Department at UIC. This one year research exposure and training may significantly broaden the candidate’s knowledge in this field and at the same time may strengthen the candidate’s application for residency, pending on the candidate’s interest commitment, ability and strategic plan. Having experience with imaging modalities, engineering training, programing skill, working with contrast agents, working with animals and are plus. Interested applicants should send their CV to Dr. Avanaki at [email protected] and Dr. Tsoukas at [email protected]. Please include in the body of your email one paragraph (up to 100 words) about your research experience and one paragraph about your skill sets (up to 50 words). Candidates should arrange this year of research training with agreement from their medical school advisors. .

Medical Student Rotation

Rotation information M3/M4 students who have completed the core curriculum:

Contact: Barbara Balleza [email protected]


University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
Department of Dermatology
University of Illinois at Chicago
808 South Wood Street (MC 624)
Suite 380 College of Medicine East Tower
Chicago, IL 60612

Observation experience

Available for M3 & M4 students

Please note there is no patient contact, this is strictly an observation experience

Contact: Barbara Balleza [email protected]

Visiting Students

For more information please visit Visiting Students

Questions? Contact Barbara Balleza [email protected]

Undergraduate Medical Education

As a major teaching institution, we are dedicated to provide the best possible education opportunities to medical students from four campuses of the UIC College of Medicine: Chicago, Urbana, Rockford, and Peoria. Medical students from other medical schools and colleges may also apply for dermatology elective.

Shadowing is not permitted for pre-medical students or outside resident rotators.