PURPOSE: Clinical electives (4 weeks). The dermatology elective provides opportunity for individuals interested in dermatology to pursue further clinical exposure in the Department of Dermatology.

COMPETENCIES: By the end of the clinical clerkship, a student should be able to:
•  Perform a thorough skin examination
•  Accurately describe skin lesions using precise dermatologic language
•  Formulate a differential diagnosis and construct a logical treatment plan for common dermatologic diagnosis.
The competencies achieved by a student involved in the research elective clerkship will vary according to the project undertaken by the student under the guidance of the faculty.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: : Students involved in the clinical elective may attend lectures, seminars and the Dermatology Clinical Conference (i.e., Grand Rounds). The dermatology textbook is available online at MD consult and the departmental website has other teaching materials. Instructional materials also include medical student curriculum hosted at American Academy of Dermatology website.

ASSESSMENT: Made on basis of attending staff evaluations of clinical performance. Attending, resident, and student interactions and well as the student’s daily clinic performance will be taken into consideration when evaluating the students.


Program Number: ELEC 602
Location: UI Health/ JBVA
Program Director: Michelle Bain, MD
Coordinator: Barbara Balleza

The Dermatology coordinator does not have access to the schedule and can not check on the availability of rotations. Please check the M4 Post Lottery Load Slot for availability. 

Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: N/A
Weekends: No (for clinical elective) Weekends: No (for research elective)
Students Accepted: UI Health/ JBVA- Total- 5 students per elective 
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
 Yes (students are paired with a resident)
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 20-40
Laboratory*: 40 – Only if participating in a research elective
Outpatient: 40
Inpatient: N/A
Total Hours /Week: 40 *Clinical or laboratory research elective.

Reporting instruction:  Mandatory orientation will take place at 7:30am on the first day of the rotation (unless instructed otherwise via email), at 808 S. Wood Street. in the College of Medicine East building, Dermatology Conference Room 379.

KEYWORDS: Dermatology, clinical elective, research elective.

Updated: 04/19/23