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Title: Dermatology Elective
Preceptor: Marie Leger, M.D.
Course Code: 03-01
Telephone #: 263-5245
During the elective, the student
will be exposed to the many aspects of dermatologic diagnosis and treatment
by actively participating in the ambulatory and inpatient programs. The elective
is conducted in all three departmental services; Skin and Cancer/Tisch Hospital,
Bellevue Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. There is
an in-depth lecture series and teaching conferences daily. Medical students
have no night call. For further details of the elective including student responsibilities
and specific learning objectives, visit the Department of Dermatology website
Objectives of the Elective:
Students will be
able to properly perform a history and physical examination on patients with
skin diseases. Skin morphology will be mastered and used as a method to generate
a differential diagnosis. Ability to recognize and treat common skin conditions,
and determining when it is appropriate to refer patients to Dermatologists
or other specialists should be mastered by the end of the elective.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective:
- Students are assigned to one of two Departmental services: Bellevue Hospital
or the VA Hospital. Students are integral members of the health care team.
Attendance at all clinic sessions is required. ANY absences or late arrivals
to clinic must have prior authorization by the team attending physician.
- As they progress in the elective, students will see patients independently,
performing histories and physical examinations and making therapeutic recommendations
to their assigned resident mentor and/or attending physician.
- Students will always work under the direction of the resident physician
and the attending physicians in the clinic.
- Students are expected to read extensively about their patient's conditions,
not only textbooks, but also journals, to gain an understanding of the pathophysiology
of cutaneous diseases.
- A short, formal presentation is required of all students, proctored by
Dr. Miguel Sanchez.
Students will attend and
participate in all Departmental Conferences including Journal Club, Textbook
Review and Grand Rounds. Educational conferences are conducted every morning
from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and every noon hour. The Bi-Weekly Reader lists all conferences
and didactic sessions in the Department and is available in H-100.
Method of Evaluation:
The team attending and
resident physicians will submit a qualitative evaluation based on the student's
clinical skills, presentations, attitudes, and overall performance. Dr. Miguel Sanchez, Director of Medical Student Electives in Dermatology, will collate
this information and submit the final evaluation to the Dean's office.
Months Offered: All
Report To: Orientation session on the first morning of the elective:
9:00 AM, Orentreich Conference Room Lobby, Skin & Cancer Unit, Tisch Hospital
Students Per Period: 8
Duration: Four Weeks (no exceptions)
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