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Dermatology Virtual Education Opportunity

Participate in learning in Dermatology while rotations are temporarily on hold due to the current health crisis: Information about Virtual Education Opportunity [PDF]


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.


During the musculoskeletal block of the Phase 1 core curriculum, students learn key concepts in dermatology and dermatopathology. Faculty teach histology, lesion morphology, rashes and neoplastic dermatology using a combination of lectures and interactive workshops.


Current third and fourth year medical students can participate in the dermatology elective. The four-week general dermatology elective provides medical students with a broad exposure to clinical, pediatric and surgical dermatology. Students rotate through Mohs surgery, dermatopathology, general dermatology at both the University Hospital Dermatology Clinic and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, and inpatient consults, and the cutaneous oncology clinic at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Core didactics follow the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) basic dermatology curriculum and students will be expected to give a five-minute presentation at the end of the elective. Interested students will also have the opportunity to participate in case reports and/or research projects with the dermatology faculty.

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. Interested students should apply through the Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Learning Opportunities application system. Clerkships for visiting students are handled through the Office of Medical Student Affairs.

Students interested in UNM’s Dermatology residency program are strongly encouraged to rotate. If you have questions regarding medical student education send an email to