Courses & Rotations

Phase I - Foundations of Medicine

Phase 1 takes place over 18 months, year one August-May and year two August-March. This first phase integrates basic, clinical and health systems sciences into blocks that are organized by the organ systems of the human body. In each organ systems-based block students will learn about normal structure and function of an organ system followed by the pathologic and clinical manifestations present when those systems act abnormally, similar to how a physician approaches patients in clinical practice.  Dermatology is taught as part of the Musculoskeletal and Integument Block.

Phase II - Clinical Applications

The Clinical Applications phase is 12 months in duration and provides students with extensive clinical learning experiences in acute care and six of the core disciplines of medicine: family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, surgery, pediatrics and psychiatry. Dermatology is offered for interested students as a potential specialty rotation as part of the internal medicine block.

 Phase III - Career Preparation

Phase 3 is the final phase of the curriculum and takes place over 10 months. This phase provides individualized training for students in their career specialty choice with the goal of preparing students for success in residency training and beyond. Students interested in dermatology will enroll in a self-selected Dermatology Specialty Track and will work with Dr. Megan Arthur to create individualized learning experiences based upon the students’ backgrounds, anticipated plans and other interests. The following rotations are available to medical students in this phase:

DERM-714 Advanced Clinical Dermatology -- "Sub-I"

Periods Offered:  Preferred April, May, June (UNMC Students); August, September, October (Visiting Medical Students)

Student Limit: 4 per month (typically 1-3 Visiting)

Faculty Contact: Dr. Megan Arthur

Contact Person: Tammy O'Donnell, 402-559-4306, tammy.odonnell@unmc.edu

This course is available to VISITING MEDICAL STUDENTS

*** In line with updated recommendations from the AAMC we WILL be allowing visiting medical students for Fall 2021 (August, September, October)

This four-week elective in Advanced Clinical Dermatology offers students a comprehensive dermatology experience. This course is intended for students who are considering going into the field of dermatology. Students can expect exposure to general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology and inpatient dermatology consultative services. Students will learn to diagnose and treat common dermatologic conditions (i.e. acne, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, warts). They will become comfortable performing a complete skin examination, identifying worrisome lesions that require intervention and providing counseling to patients on warning signs of skin cancer and sun protective behaviors. Lastly, they will become familiar with the wide range of dermatologic procedures that can be performed, including cryotherapy, shave biopsy, punch biopsy, excision and Mohs micrographic surgery. This course fulfills the sub-internship requirement.

The Dr. Kristie Hayes Visiting URiM Medical Student Externship in Dermatology is an available, visiting externship that will be awarded to rising 4th year Underrepresented Minority Students in Medicine (URiMs) interested in dermatology to receive funding for travel, lodging, and board for a 1 month sub-I clinical rotation at UNMC Dermatology. This rotation may be done in the months of June, August, or September.  Applications must be received by May 1st each year.

DERM-720 Clinical Dermatology 

Periods Offered: Every month except April, May, June

Student Limit: 1

Faculty Contact: Dr. Megan Arthur

Contact Person: Tammy O'Donnell, 402-559-4306, tammy.odonnell@unmc.edu

This course is NOT available to visiting medical students.

This four-week elective in Clinical Dermatology offers students a comprehensive dermatology experience and is designed for medical students applying to residency in other fields of medicine but who would like exposure to dermatology. Students can expect exposure to general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology and inpatient dermatology consultative services. Students will learn to diagnose and treat common dermatologic conditions (i.e. acne, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, warts). They will become comfortable performing a complete skin examination, identifying worrisome lesions that require intervention and providing counseling to patients on warning signs of skin cancer and sun protective behaviors. Lastly, they will become familiar with the wide range of dermatologic procedures that can be performed, including cryotherapy, shave biopsy, punch biopsy, excision and Mohs micrographic surgery.  

DERM-764 Off-Campus Dermatology Clerkship

Periods Offered: Four Week Rotations

Student Limit: By arrangement (Approval from Dr. Megan Arthur)

Contact Person: Tammy O'Donnell, 402-559-4306, tammy.odonnell@unmc.edu

This course is NOT available to visiting medical students.

This course is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Dermatology. Students who plan to pursue a career in the field of Dermatology are eligible to apply for an Off-Campus Dermatology Elective. Off-Campus electives should occur at Universities or Teaching Hospitals. This rotation should serve to further enrich the student’s experiences within the field of Dermatology and assist in solidifying their desire to pursue this area of medicine. The course fulfills the sub-internship requirement.

An Off-Campus Elective Application form must be submitted for this experience. (See Off-Campus Elective Application procedures). 

MED-ID-763 Dermatology Research Month

Periods Offered: Four Week Rotations

Student Limit: By arrangement (Approval from Dr. Megan Arthur)

Contact Person: Tammy O'Donnell, 402-559-4306, tammy.odonnell@unmc.edu

This course is NOT available to visiting students.

This course is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology. Students who plan to pursue a career in the field of dermatology are eligible to apply for a month of research in the department. The student will meet with the Director of Research and post-doctoral research fellow in the department to design a research project proposal and to identify a faculty mentor. The intended outcome of the rotation is a research abstract, presentation or manuscript.