Medical College of Wisconsin Medical Student Education in Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology provides medical students with the opportunity to perform elective rotations in Dermatology in order to expand their medical knowledge and encourage interest in the specialty. All students work closely with the residents and faculty. Didactic as well as clinical educational sessions are utilized.

MCW Dermatology Medical Student Education
Rotation Description

Instruction in state-of-the art dermatologic care is available to students in our program in all areas of dermatology including pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery (including Mohs micrographic surgery), adult dermatology, phototherapy, and laser therapy.

Medical students are exposed to a wide range of dermatologic diseases, including:

  • acne
  • dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • collagen vascular diseases
  • genodermatosis
  • skin cancer
  • autoimmune diseases

Medical students rotating in dermatology are expected to gain an understanding of common dermatologic diseases, including:

  • cutaneous oncology (including the evaluation of pigmented lesions)
  • dermatoses associated with internal diseases
  • drug eruptions
  • dermatologic therapy
Both MCW and non-MCW students must schedule Dermatology rotations through the Registrar's Office at (414) 955-8733 or
Shadowing Opportunities

The Department of Dermatology offers shadowing opportunities to MCW medical students in general adult and pediatric dermatology clinics. Students can shadow in up to three half-day clinics outside of a formal rotation. Shadowing is not available in dermatologic surgery clinics. Opportunities to rotate through surgical clinics are available during formal M3 and M4 rotations.

Students interested in shadowing are asked to email Shelly Martin at for coordination.
Please include the following:

  • Experience preference (adult vs. pediatric)
  • Preferred faculty (if you have one)
Opportunities and Resources for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students

Through Medical College of Wisconsin:

Through MCW Department of Dermatology:


Library Items:

  • Connolly C, Bikowski J (2006). Dermatological Atlas of Black Skin. Florida: Merit Publishing International. Todd Wehr Library Stacks WR 140 C752d 1998.
  • Johnson BL, Moy RL (1998). Ethnic Skin: Medical and Surgical. Missouri: Mosby. Todd Wehr Library Stacks, WR 140 J66e 1998.
  • Kelly AP, Taylor SC, Lim HW, Anido Serrano AM, eds. Taylor and Kelly's Dermatology for Skin of Color. Second ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2016.
  • Khumalo NP, Thiers BH (2014). African Skin and Hair Disorders, An Issue of Dermatologic Clinics. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Leppard B (2002). An Atlas of African Dermatology. Buckinghamshire: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
  • Lugo-Somolinos A, McKinley-Grant L, Goldsmith LA et al. (2011). VisualDx: Essential Dermatology in Pigmented Skin. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Access via Visual Dx
  • Rosen T, Martin S (1981). Atlas of Black Dermatology. New York: Time Warner Books. Todd Wehr Library Stacks, WR 17 R813a 1981.

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Visiting Students

The Department of Dermatology offers an away elective for M4 medical students. The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Office of the Registrar can assist students with the application process for this elective as well as provide information on local housing options. We will conduct residency interviews for visiting students during their elective with us.

Learn more about the M4 elective

Visiting Student Health Equity Program
The Medical College of Wisconsin is currently offering a Visiting Student Health Equity Program. Accepted students will receive a travel stipend up to $2,000 to cover application costs, housing, transportation, and other living expenses.

Learn more about the program

Medical Student Research Opportunities

The Department of Dermatology gets many inquiries from medical students about dermatology-related research. Due to the number of student inquiries regarding these opportunities, an application process has been implemented to help us select the most appropriate students for the projects we have in place.

To submit application materials visit our Dermatology Research page, or if you have questions regarding dermatology research opportunities, please contact

The application process for summer research in 2024 is complete for current M1 students.

Contact Us

Department of Dermatology
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Gretchen Roth, MD
Course Director


Shelly Martin
(414) 955-3107

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