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Elective Title: 93VA710 — 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: Kelli Cassidy (kelcassi@iu.edu )

Director: Alison Klenk, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital AOC Dermatology Clinic, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health Services, Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis) and other outpatient dermatology clinics

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform a directed history and physical exam to assess patients with skin disease, formulate a differential diagnosis, and initial management plan (PC1)

  • 2) Describe skin lesions using appropriate dermatologic terminology (MK3)
  • 3) Diagnose and manage the most common skin diseases (MK4)
  • 4) Recognize dermatologic emergencies requiring urgent consultation (PC2)
  • 6) Perform the following procedures: KOH preparation, scraping for ectoparasites, skin biopsy, minor suturing, electrodessication (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; objective exam; oral presentation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 15% Lecture/Seminar or Small Group Learning Sessions

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Kelli Cassidy (kelcassi@iu.edu) Please note: If rotating at the VA, credentialing is required. VA credentialing is a complex and time-sensitive process. 

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None