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Dermatology (Arizona)

  • Program Director and Clerkship Supervisor: David J. DiCaudo, M.D.
  • Assistant Program Director: David Swanson, M.D.
  • Program Coordinator: Kristy Lux
  • Electives available at any one time: 1
  • Duration: 4 weeks


The outpatient dermatology rotation is offered to help students acquire basic knowledge of dermatology. This knowledge should allow students to determine a correct diagnosis and understand the management of basic dermatologic disease. Staff consultants and senior resident associates serve as preceptors.

Specific goals

  1. Gather clinical information through a dermatologic history and physical examination.
  2. Recognize primary and secondary skin lesions with ease, classify rashes and develop a differential diagnosis.
  3. Know and be able to discuss and identify 100 common skin diseases. (List will be provided during rotation).
  4. Become familiar with dermatologic procedures: potassium hydroxide examination for fungus/yeast, Wood's lamp examination and scabies preparation.
  5. Observe various dermatologic procedures, including outpatient surgery, skin biopsies, patch testing, and wet dressings.
  6. Observe dermatologic practice and nursing procedures on the outpatient, inpatient and consultative services.
  7. Develop an awareness of dermatologic literature, resources, nursing care, treatment modalities, dermatopathology and immunopathology.
  8. Observe the diversity of dermatologic conditions.
  9. Understand the clinical and pathological correlation of dermatologic diseases.

    Activity outline

    1. During this clerkship, students participate in outpatient and inpatient dermatologic care. They are taught and supervised by consultants and residents. They also observe dermatologic surgery, observe outpatient nursing procedures, and do independent study assignments.
    2. Students will be asked to provide a 15-minute presentation of their choice to the department regarding a special problem or subject of interest.
    3. Students are encouraged to use this opportunity to perform research with the possibility of publication if they wish.
    4. In addition to the above activities, the following weekly (unless otherwise stated) conferences are held.
      • Dermatopathology Teleconference (3x/month)
      • Core Curriculum Teleconference
      • Annual Courses
      • Show and Tell Conference
      • Clinical Case Conference / Dermatology Grand Rounds
      • Dermatology General Journal Club (twice monthly)
      • Dermatology Surgery Journal Club (monthly)
      • Dermatologic Surgery Core Curriculum (monthly)
      • Guest Lecturer Series (average of one/month)

    Method of evaluation

    Grade sheets are circulated to consultants with whom students studied. A written quiz is administered. Comments are summarized and a final grade returned to students and their medical school or department.

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