Dermatology: DERM-500

Department: Dermatology

Instructor: Christine DeWitt, MD

Contact: Shari Heyward

Phone Number: 202-877-7204

Locations: Chevy Chase Dermatology Clinic, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, National Institutes of Health

Reporting Time and Location: 8:30am Office of GME at MWHC. Further information will be emailed to the student the month before scheduled by Shari Heyward

Duration: Four Weeks

Max Students: 6 students/block

Description: The fourth year student will spend four weeks working in all aspects of the Department of Dermatology. Approximately two weeks each will be spent at Washington Hospital Center and the Chevy Chase Clinic, with various conferences and patient care responsibilities at other locations.

Most days, the student will see patients in a busy clinic, where he/she will perform independent histories while working closely with both teaching faculty and dermatology residents. The student will become familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of common dermatological conditions including cutaneous malignancies, pre-malignant lesions, psoriasis, and eczema, as well as skin findings in systemic disease, including rheumatologic conditions. There are also opportunities for exposure to dermatopathology, procedural dermatology and pediatric dermatology.

The student will attend teaching conferences including Grand Rounds, kodachrome review, journal club, lectures, and may have the opportunity to attend other regional programs. There will be opportunities for library research on one of the many ongoing projects. This may involve the preparation of a lecture to be given to the department or research regarding a dermatological study in progress. Finally, throughout the week, the student will serve on the Dermatology Consult team. He/She will evaluate a patient, write the consult H&P and then present the patient to the attending. In this capacity, the student will see a wide variety of dermatological conditions as they appear in hospitalized patients. There is a final exam for this elective based on a textbook to be loaned for the month and the AAD’s Medical Student Core Curriculum. Hours range from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.

Student applicants must be currently enrolled in an allopathic, LCME-accredited school of medicine in the United States.