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Elective Title: 79VA730 — CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY


This elective course is designed to give the student exposure to clinical dermatology including the diagnosis and management of common skin diseases seen in general practice. Upon completion of this elective, the student will know the clinical features of the most commonly encountered skin diseases and will be familiar with the modalities available for their management. The student will get experience in the laboratory procedures used in the identification of fungus infections of the skin; and in the utilization of the electrocautery and cryosurgical units

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Donna Fulkerson (drf@purdue.edu)

Director: John K. Randall, M.D.

Campus: West Lafayette

Location: Randall Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery (West Lafayette and Kokomo)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform a directed history and physical examination to assess a patient with skin disease and to formulate a plan of action (PC1)
  • 2) Describe skin lesions (MK3)
  • 3) Diagnose and manage common skin diseases (MK4)
  • 4) Perform the following procedures: KOH preparation, Tzanck smear, cytodiagnosis of molluscum contagiosum, scraping for ectoparasites, skin biopsy, electrodessication (PC5)
  • 5) Describe procedures commonly used in Dermatology such as Biopsy technique and simple surgical excisions (PC5)
  • 6) Describe advanced equipment used in Dermatology such as Lasers, radio frequency devices, and dermoscopy (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Donna Fulkerson (drf.@purdue.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Contact Donna Fulkerson 765-496-7973 or drf@purdue.edu 8 weeks prior to enrollment.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None