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Elective Title: 45VA701 — CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY


This clinical elective will teach medical students how to approach the diagnosis and initial management of typical skin diseases seen in general practice. Students work directly with dermatology faculty and residents to treat patients in the setting of outpatient dermatology clinics and inpatient consults. Upon completion of this elective, the student will know the clinical features of the most commonly encountered skin diseases and be familiar with available therapies. The student will gain proficiency in the laboratory procedures used in the identification of fungal infections of the skin, and in basic dermatological procedures such as cryosurgery and skin biopsy.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: David Soleymani, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: Dermio Dermatology

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • By the end of this course, the student will:
    1. Diagnose and manage the most common skin diseases (MK4)
    2. Formulate differential diagnoses for patient encounters (PC2)
    3. Describe procedures commonly used in Dermatology (PC5)
    4. Actively participate in the performance of skin cancer surgeries (PC5)
    5. Explain the histopathology of patient findings and compare to the normal histology of the skin (MK3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu). Please email Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu) for approval to take this elective.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None