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Dermatology Elective

Course Description
Dermatology is the specialty of medicine concerned with management of disorders of the skin, mucous membranes, and adnexal structures, including hair and nails. This elective is designed to expose the fourth-year medical student to various aspects of dermatology and to gain a working knowledge of how to recognize skin signs of systemic diseases, normal findings (including benign growths of the skin) and common skin malignancies. The rotation will consist primarily of outpatient encounters, with some inpatient consultation with an attending physician and/or dermatology resident. A broad spectrum of disease entities will be seen that range in patient stage from initial diagnosis to those patients that have disease that has been refractory to treatment. 

The student will be exposed to inflammatory, infectious, neoplastic, metabolic, congenital and structural disorders and will be involved in the discussion of differential diagnoses, diagnostic evaluation, and outline of treatment plans. The goal is to have the student understand how dermatologists apply an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the management of skin disorders in a professional and compassionate manner.

Rotations are generally one to four weeks in length and often can be individualized according to the student’s interests. The number of available rotation slots is limited and selected applicants are frequently required to write an article suitable for publication under the guidance of the Program Director of the Dermatology Residency Program at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health..



Course Director – Alan Menter, MD


Medical School: University of Witwatersrand

Fellowship: UT Southwestern Affiliated Hospitals

Internship: Johannesburg General Hospital


Residency: St. John's Hospital for Disease of the Skin


For information regarding the program, please contact:

Irene Franklin



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