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.
- Gather clinical information through a dermatologic history and physical examination.
- Recognize primary and secondary skin lesions with ease, classify rashes and develop a differential diagnosis.
- Become competent in dermatologic procedures including potassium hydroxide examination, Wood's lamp examination and scabies preparation.
- Observe various dermatologic procedures, including hair pluck and examination, outpatient surgery, skin biopsies, patch testing, wet dressings and Goeckerman therapy.
- Observe dermatologic practice and nursing procedures on the outpatient, inpatient and consultative services.
- Develop an awareness of dermatologic literature, resources, nursing care, treatment modalities, dermatopathology and immunopathology.
- Observe the diversity of dermatologic conditions.
- Understand the clinical and pathological correlation of dermatologic diseases.
During this clerkship, students are taught by consultants and residents, attend hospital rounds, observe dermatologic surgery, and do independent study assignments. They also observe outpatient and inpatient nursing procedures.
In addition to the above activities, conferences are held daily.
Students are provided a conference schedule and encouraged to attend. Texts are available in the department and may be borrowed for the duration of the rotation. The department maintains a dermatologic library and audiovisual resource area for independent study.
Method of evaluation
Grade sheets are circulated to consultants and senior resident associates with whom students studied. Comments are summarized and a final grade returned to students and their medical school or department.