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This course is designed to serve as a 2-week introduction to clinical dermatology, including the diagnosis, medical and surgical management of skin diseases commonly seen in general practice. Students will work directly with Dermatology faculty and residents in one of several outpatient clinic settings.  This elective is ideal for students pursuing a career in primary care, medical or surgical subspecialties, who desire an exposure to the field.  The elective is flexible; students may contact the course director if they have a specific interest in the field of dermatology, so that we may plan their clinical experience according to their needs.  This 2-week elective is worth 2 elective credits. This elective may be paired with vacation or another 2-week (2 credit) elective, in a related or different field. Students who prefer a more in-depth learning experience or who are considering a career in Dermatology should select the traditional 4-week (4 credit) elective, 93VA710.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Kelli Cassidy (kelcassi@iu.edu )

Director: Alison Klenk, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, Eskenazi Health Services, Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • Following this elective, the student will be able to: 1) Perform a directed history and physical exam to assess patients with skin disease (PC1)

  • 2) Describe skin lesions using appropriate dermatologic terminology(MK3)
  • 3) Diagnose and manage several common skin diseases (PC2)
  • 4) Recognize dermatologic emergencies requiring urgent consultation (PC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Achievement will be determined by direct observation, written exam, faculty discussions and clinic participation during elective).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40 (no call, no weekends)

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

ADD/DROP Contact Person: Kelli Cassidy (kelcassi@iu.edu ) This elective is being offered for 2 weeks and is worth 2 credits only. Students may pair this month with vacation or other 2-week (2 credit) elective blocks. For students who prefer a traditional 4 week (4 credit) elective in Dermatology, they are encouraged to apply for the Dermatology Clinical Elective 93VA710. 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