Medical Student Education

The Department of Dermatology is committed to training our future physicians. All of our core faculty actively participate in the dermatology education of our medical students through lectures, preceptorships, research and clinical electives starting from the first year of medical school. John Durkin, MD, serves as the director of Undergraduate Medical Education and medical student rotations are coordinated through our department.

Students interested in UNM’s Dermatology residency program are strongly encouraged to rotate.

Medical Student Rotation Information

First-year Medical Students (MS1)

Students learn key concepts in the first year.

During the musculoskeletal block of the Phase 1 core curriculum, students learn key concepts in dermatology and dermatopathology.

Third- and Fourth-Year Medical Students (MS3 and MS4)

Students gain broad exposure to Dermatology in a month-long elective.

Current third-and fourth-year students can take part in a four-week Dermatology elective, which gives them broad exposure to clinical, pediatric and surgical dermatology. Interested students may also participate in case reports and/or research project with Dermatology faculty.

The UNM Dermatology rotation includes:

  • Mohs surgery
  • Dermatopathology
  • General dermatology
  • Cutaneous oncology

Rotation sites include:

  • UNMH Dermatology Clinic
  • Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
  • Inpatient consults
  • UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Core Didactics

Medical student rotations are based on the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) basic dermatology curriculum.

End-of-Rotation Presentation

Students are expected to give one five-minute presentation at the end of the elective.

Visiting Medical Students

Current fourth-year medical students in good standing at LCME- or AOA-accredited schools are eligible for our dermatology elective based on availability.

Core Didactics

Medical student rotations are based on the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) basic dermatology curriculum.

End-of-Rotation Presentation

Students are expected to give one five-minute presentation at the end of the elective.

 

Interested students should apply through the Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application system. Our Office of Medical Student Affairs coordinates clerkships for visiting students.

 

Interested students should apply through the Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application system. Our Office of Medical Student Affairs coordinates clerkships for visiting students.