SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Clinical Dermatology- Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 
      Additional Requirements:
Successful completion of Internal Medicine and Pediatric clerkships.
Responsible Faculty Director:
Ammar Ahmed, MD
Other Faculty:
Jason Reichenberg, M.D., Dayna Diven, M.D., Matthew Fox, M.D., and Carlos Gavino, M.D.
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Tricia M. McElligott at or 512-324-7860
Periods Offered
NOT including Period 12 (June), NOT including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

 1. Students should learn to recognize and manage common dermatological diseases. 2. Students should learn to perform common dermatological procedures.

 1) Describe skin lesions in such a manner as to convey their appearances to colleagues. 2) Identify common dermatological entities. 3) Perform minimally-invasive skin testing proficiently. 4) Identify the therapeutic options available for common skin diseases and utilize first- and second-line treatments.

Description of course activities
 Students will work one-on-one with Dermatology faculty, both in the outpatient clinics and the inpatient setting. Reading of a small textbook and recent literature will be required. Discussion of material will occur with faculty during clinic hours and during scheduled conference times. Outpatient clinics are located in both Austin and Kyle, TX, each with a somewhat different patient population. The rotation will involve several days of commute to the office in Kyle.”

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 Students interested in dermatology, adult or pediatric primary care, ENT, or plastic surgery. Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take DERU 4014 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8:00 - 12:00 Clinic/Procedures 1-5 Clinic/Procedures
  Tuesday 8:00 - 12:00 Clinic/Procedures 1-5 Clinic/Procedures
  Wednesday 8:00 - 12:00 Clinic/Procedures 1-5 Clinic/Procedures
  Thursday 8:00 - 12:00 Clinic/Procedures 1-5 Clinic/Procedures
  Friday 7:00 - 12:00 Lectures 1-5 Clinic/Procedures
  Average number of patients seen per week: 50  
  Call Schedule:   None  

  Research Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Activity Hours per Week
  Faculty contact time

  Self-directed study

  Data collection/analysis


Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    Daily. Will receive feedback from residents and faculty regularly between patients.
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Course director, faculty and residents
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Students will be asked to perform at least one interview and examination on a patient during each half-day, and to document this encounter in a patient write-up.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Clinical SOAP Note format.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  F. Audience - Who assesses the student’s written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?
    Expect students to be present and a part of the health care team for each clinic session assigned and to be present for all teaching conferences.

6.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
    During independent study time, the student will be asked to read about each new condition encountered, using both textbooks and literature searches, and discuss his/her findings the next day.
7.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.
B. List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.
C. List other advanced clinical skills that a student may be exposed to depending on clinical case availability.
  D. How will the acting intern student have responsibilities similar to a PGY1 resident? How will their responsibilities differ?
  E. How will this course help prepare a student enter an internship in this field or a related field?
  F. How will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?
  G. Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different faculty are they likely to encounter during this course? What is the usual number of working days they can expect to encounter the same individual faculty member? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers.