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.
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:
- collagen vascular diseases
- 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
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 email@example.com for coordination.
Please include the following:
- Experience preference (adult vs. pediatric)
- Preferred faculty (if you have one)
Through Medical College of Wisconsin:
- Office of Inclusion and Diversity
- Student Diversity Campus Organizations, including SNMA, LMSA, APAMSA, and LGBTPM
- Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Committee, for residents and fellows
- Office of Global Health, with connections to Dermatology projects in Tanzania, Botswana, Vietnam, and more
Through MCW Department of Dermatology:
- Virtual and in-person visiting student electives
- Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured, free student-run clinic
- Teledermatology to Federally Qualified Health Centers, volunteer-led virtual care
- Mentorship and career guidance from faculty with a focus in diversity and inclusion
- Community Outreach programs including New Beginnings are Possible, a resident-driven pipeline program
- American Academy of Dermatology Diversity Mentorship Program
- Dermatology Foundation Research Awards Program
- Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) is pleased to announce a Summer Fellowship for Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) Students
- Skin of Color Research Fellowship at Penn
- Skin of Color Society Resources and Programs
- 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.
- Skin of Color Society Dermatology Textbooks
- Olushola L. Akinshemoyin Vaughn, MD, assistant professor
- Valerie M. Carlberg, MD, assistant professor
- Yvonne E. Chiu, MD, professor
- Stephen Humphrey, MD, associate professor
- Gretchen Roth, MD, assistant professor
- Karolyn A. Wanat, MD, associate professor
- Daniel Benitez Rivera, clinical research coordinator
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.
To submit application materials visit our Dermatology Research page, or if you have questions regarding dermatology research opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Gretchen Roth, MD