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Fundamentals of Dermatology

Updated:  4/05/24


This elective will be a beginning exposure to the evaluation and care of outpatient dermatology patients as well as an opportunity to learn from scheduled formal lectures, conferences, journal clubs, and inpatient consultations. Students may select this elective in order to explore the specialty of Dermatology or to have an earlier experience in advance of the M4 Dermatology elective.


  • Students should be able to perform a thorough skin exam
  • Accurately describe skin lesions using precise dermatologic language
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis and construct a logical treatment plan for common dermatologic diagnoses
  • The following competencies will be developed:  Obtain a full appropriate medical history; perform a skillful physical examination; Formulate a differential diagnosis and problem list; utilize data to reason and solve problems; Develop management plans; Consider cultural and socioeconomic factors in management options; Forma an effective therapeutic relationship; Construct a therapeutic plan for relieving pain, ameliorating suffering and Directed toward specific resolution of health problems; Counsel and educate patients and their families; Apply the principles of epidemiology and evidence-based medicine

Students involved in the elective will participate in all clinical and educational activities that may include lectures, seminars and the Dermatology Clinical Conferences. Instructional methods will include one-on-one teaching between student, residents and faculty members. Students will be able to observe patient evaluations, treatment planning and surgical procedures. Students will be exposed to a diverse patient population with a variety of skin disorders.

Subjective clinical evaluation by faculty and/or residents  at the end of the rotation.

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  • Program Number

    ELEC 452

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Dr. Michelle Bain

    Coordinator: Barbara Balleza
    Phone: 312-413-7767

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health – OCC; 1801 W. Taylor St, Suite 3E

    Duration: 2 weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1

    Lectures/Conferences per week: 2
    Lab Hours per week: 0
    Independent Study Hours per week: varies
    Inpatient Hours per week: 0
    Outpatient Hours per week: 12-16
    Total number of hours per week: 30
    Number of weeks of credit: 2