Penn Dermatology

Medical Student Education Programs

Directors:

  • Derm 200: James Treat, MD
  • Derm 300: Misha Rosenbach, M.D.

The medical student teaching program fully reflects the strengths of the Department. Most of the faculty have some direct or indirect input into our medical students' education program. The medical students' interaction with Dermatology occurs predominantly in the following three courses:

  1. A required course of the Pathophysiology of Skin Disease for first year medical students is part of Module 2 of the Core Curriculum. Almost our entire full-time faculty and all of our dermatology residents are involved in teaching this course. Although an overview of the Pathophysiology of most common skin disease is reviewed, emphasis is placed on each student developing an ability to observe and describe skin disease, on developing the ability to recognize signs of potential serious skin disease and developing a sensitivity for the unique problems of patients afflicted with skin disease. Director: James Treat, M.D.
  2. Third and fourth year medical students are offered a 4 week clinical rotation in Dermatology. Four slots are available every 4 weeks during the year. Students are expected to learn to diagnose and treat common skin diseases. During this rotation they are involved in all clinical aspects of our department. They participate in our dermatology outpatient clinic; in faculty outpatient private practices, in the delivery of inpatient care, and in the inpatient consult service. They also attend dermatology grand rounds and all departmental lectures. Finally, Dr. Rosenbach directs a clinical slide conference for the medical students prior to Gallop rounds on three Fridays per month, and senior residents provide 2 additional one-hour lectures on Tuesday mornings. First priority is given to requests from Penn Medical Students for this elective. Because these four available slots are usually filled, requests from outside students are usually denied. However, if outside students are flexible, they can sometimes fill unused slots. All outside requests should be directed to Registrar's Office, Suite 100, Stemmler Hall, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (Telephone 215-898-4875) These requests must be made at least three months ahead of time so necessary paper work can be completed prior to the rotation. Director: Misha Rosenbach, M.D.
  3. A few students each year are involved in the 800 Research in Dermatology Course under the direction of Dr. John Stanley. During this course, students are involved in the ongoing investigations of our research faculty, or they are given the opportunity to investigate individual research projects of their own. In both cases, the goal is to create a research experience that enables a student to learn experimental techniques, and research methodology. This program has successfully launched the academic careers of many Penn students both inside and outside of the field of dermatology. Director: John Stanley, M.D.
  4. Dermatopathology - The objective of the course is for students to obtain an intensive exposure to all aspects of dermatopathology involving the microscopic diagnosis of skin tumors and inflammatory diseases. Students will spend the majority of time reviewing skin biopsies at a multi-headed microscope with the Dermatopathology Faculty and Fellows. The course will allow the students to attend dermatopathology and clinical dermatology lectures and conferences that incorporate clinicopathological correlation. It is preferred that the student takes an elective in Dermatology or Surgical Pathology prior to this course. Director: Rosalie Elenitsas, M.D.

Finally, the department of dermatology arranges clinical exposure for Penn Medical Residents, Penn Primary Care Residents, Penn Emergency Medicine Residents, and Penn Family Practice Residents. These rotations are filled by each respective department, and the rotations are not available to residents outside the University of Pennsylvania Medical System.

Please Note: Doing a rotation at Penn Dermatology, while providing an excellent educational experience and exposing the student to the department and faculty, does not in any way guarantee that an interview will be offered to the rotator should they apply for a Dermatology Residency training position at Penn. We read and review all applications that we receive and, due to the number of excellent applications, cannot interview everyone. Even exceptionally qualified candidates may not receive an interview.

Medical Student and Resident Rotation Schedule

                     

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

CHOP*/ Surgery
MS A

AM

CHOP 8:00 AM
2nd Floor 3550 Market building

Lectures 8 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

 

Ellen Kim Clinic
8 AM
1 PCAM

Lectures 7:30 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

Werth or Fett or Pappas Clinic
7:30 AM
1 PCAM

PM

 

Chu clinic
1 PM
1 PCAM

 

Pappas-Taffer or
Enis Clinic
12:30 PM
1 PCAM

CHOP 1 PM
2nd Floor 3550 Market building

CHOP 1PM
2nd Floor 3550 Market building

Gallops 1:30PM
3 Founders
Conf room

HUP
MS B

AM

HUP consult
8 AM
Res Room

Lectures 8 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

HUP consult
8 AM
Res Room

Lectures 7:30 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

HUP consult
8 AM Res Room

PM

HUP Consult

HUP Consult

Gallops 1:30PM
3 Founders
Conf room

Presby*
MS C

AM

Micheletti clinic
8 AM
1 PCAM

Lectures 8 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

Presby Clinic (Lipoff)
8 AM
Presby Med Art Bldg
Suite 106

Lectures 7:30 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

Presby Clinic (Lipoff, Ebuluk)
8 AM
Presby Med Art Bldg
Suite 106

PM

Presby Clinic (Pugliese, Lipoff)
1 PM
Presby Med Art Bldg
Suite 106

Presby Clinic (Lipoff, Ogunleye)
1 PM
Presby Med Art Bldg
Suite 106

Presby Clinic (Pugliese, Lipoff)
1 PM
Presby Med Art Bldg
Suite 106

Presby Clinic (Pugliese, Ogunleye)
1 PM
Presby Med Art Bldg
Suite 106

Gallops 1:30PM
3 Founders
Conf room

VA^
MS D

AM

VA Module A
1st Floor
8 AM

Lectures 8 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

VA Module A
1st Floor
8 AM

Lectures 7:30 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

Derm Surgery
8 AM
1 PCAM

PM

Derm Surgery
1 PM
1 PCAM
(3rd Monday of Month: GVH clinic)

VA Module A
1st Floor
1 PM

VA Module A
1st Floor
1 PM

VA Module A
1st Floor
1 PM

Gallops 1:30PM
3 Founders
Conf room

 

Clinics
MS X

AM

PLG Clinic
8 AM
1 PCAM

Lectures 8 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

HUP Res Clinic
8 AM
1 PCAM

Lectures 7:30 AM
3 Founders
Conf room

HUP Res Clinic
8 AM
1 PCAM

PM

Intermediate / Urgent care clinic
1 PM
1 PCAM

Or

(You can read or continue in PLG clinic until…)
STD Clinic
Broad St / Lombard St, Health Center 1
4 or 5pm

Enis Clinic
12:30 PM
1 PCAM

Gelfand or Takeshita Clinic
1 PM
1 PCAM

Ridky Clinic
1 PM
1 PCAM

Gallops 1:30PM
3 Founders
Conf room

* While on CHOP or Presby if you are interested in more inpatient consults, you can ask the attendings there if you can round with the consult team instead of / after clinic, but respect that they may have other rotators and if it is too crowded, please be reasonable.


NOTES

  • The “teaching resident” responsible for medical students will orient you at 7:30AM on the first Monday of your rotation; they will meet you at 2 Maloney, outside the dermatology residents’ room. Any questions or concerns at any time during the rotation should be directed to the medical student coordinating resident or to the course director (Dr. Rosenbach), or the department coordinator (Mary Beth Forte).
  • If your clinic is cancelled call the med student coordinator to find a backup clinic (usually VA dermatology clinic (All days except Monday afternoon), or Dermatopathology.  You may choose to attend one of these, or take time for reading. 
  • CHOP’s Dermatology office is at 3550 Market Street, second floor.
  • Gallops starts at 1:30 PM in the 3 Founders, Plaza Room B Conference Room on Friday afternoons.  You should leave any clinics to attend this. The medical student on the consult rotation is expected to give a short presentation at Gallops. Med students are called on to give descriptions of these lesions we see during Gallops.
  • On Thursday mornings, there is an outpatient grand rounds (“Duhring conference”) in the clinic from 9-10 AM and a discussion from 10-11 AM in CRB or BRB. A senior resident will meet you in the Dermatology Department in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at 9:35 on Thursdays to discuss Duhring patients.
  • Required Text: Lookingbill: Principles of Dermatology. Multiple copies are available for your use during the rotation. You will not receive your grade/credit for the course until the book is returned in acceptable condition.
  • Lectures: This is a moving target and is schedule dependent; generally the Medical Student Coordinating resident will give 2-3 lectures and Dr. Rosenbach will give 1-3 lectures (generally Dr. Rosenbach will lecture 12:30-1:30 on Friday afternoon in 3 Founders). The resident will discuss dates/times with you during the rotation orientation.
  • Evaluations: You will be evaluated on your presentations when you primarily see patients, including use of dermatologic descriptors, and documentation; this primarily occurs on the consult service(s). You will also be evaluated based on your “Gallops” presentation, but we are a very kind, warm, welcoming, and supportive group. If you show up on time, enthusiastic and energetic and interested in learning, you will do very well.
Office of Curriculum Counseling
Suite 100, Stemmler Hall
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3450 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19101-6087
P: (215) 898-4875
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