Preclinical instruction focuses on basic dermatology with particular emphasis on the morphology of skin lesions. It also provides an introduction to the more commonly occurring dermatological disorders.
Directed reading and research opportunities are available under the direction of individual faculty members.
Clinical instruction consists of basic and advanced dermatology clinical electives. The basic clinical elective includes rotations through Stanford adult and pediatric clinics, and the Palo Alto VA Hospital. The advanced clinical elective is divided between Stanford, the Palo Alto VA clinics, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Both clerkships include didactic teaching sessions as well as dermatology grand rounds. Students are expected to describe and recognize morphology, to perform a thorough skin examination, and to perform basic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In the advanced clinical elective, students work more closely with faculty and participate in dermatopathology sessions, inpatient consultations and a variety of outpatient clinics.
Medical Students Working with Faculty
Below are various means in which a student might work with a Stanford Derm Faculty member outside of the offered clinical rotations above described (Derm 300A and Derm 310B). Please visit the links for in depth detail such as requirements, length of onboarding and/or costs, as well as the administrative contact for each if you have questions.
Med Scholars Research Programs
Students who are committed to an area of research can search for faculty who are doing research in their area of interest. The Stanford Medical Scholars Research Programs provide opportunities for students to carry out independent research in any area of the medical disciplines. The programs are designed to foster an appreciation and proficiency for the investigative/scholarly process, including study design, hands-on collection of data, interpretation of results, and presentation of work accomplished in oral and written form.
Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) Program
The SCORE program brings fourth-year medical students from diverse backgrounds to Stanford for a four-week residential clinical training program in one of the clinical departments. SCORE students will be matched with faculty and resident mentors who share similar clinical interests. The students will participate in mentorship activities with a clinical advisor, as well as clinical rotations, programs, and activities with Stanford medical students. If desired, participants may also be connected with a research advisor
Please click the link above to learn more about the SCORE program, and it's application criteria and requirements.
Visiting Student Researchers
In limited instances, it is to the benefit of Stanford faculty to permit persons who have not yet obtained a Ph.D. (or its foreign equivalent), or who are not recognized experts in their fields, to engage in research on the Stanford campus using Stanford research facilities. Such instances might include students at other universities who are engaged in graduate-level research in a field of interest to the faculty member, or a person doing a laboratory rotation as part of a larger research study or grant. Invitations are valid for one calendar year. The status may be extended once for an additional calendar year. Extensions beyond the initial approval date require submission of an updated letter of invitation with new dates to Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar and to the visiting student researcher.
Shadowing for Stanford Students
Stanford Medical Students interested in clinical dermatology should do the following in the order below before asking a faculty member if they can shadow:
- Volunteer in free clinic – contact the Dermatology Interest group (DIG): https://med.stanford.edu/smsa/student-life/student-orgs/interest-groups.html
- (wear white coat and badge)
- Complete Clerkship 300A – Introduction to Dermatology http://medcatalog.stanford.edu/php/clerk.php?-recid=203
Continuity Clinic Program for Stanford Students
The Continuity of Care Clerkship (CCC) is designed to give third and fourth year medical students exposure to the longitudinal aspects of medicine and health care in the specialty of their choice. This clerkship is distinct from traditional clerkships, which focus on acute problems and treatment in an inpatient setting. This clerkship offers chronic care training, emphasizing skills of prevention, long-term health management, and follow-up in the context of social factors and the patient’s life history. In addition to medical knowledge, students have an opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of primary and specialty care including long-term relationships with patients and colleagues, economic challenges of inpatient and ambulatory medicine, and time management. Students will be better prepared to make career decisions and to be better clinicians in whatever specialty they choose.
Un-official Continuity Clinic Program for Stanford Students
After completing Derm 300A, if a student would like to join a Dermatology faculty for CC, outside of the Continuity Clinic Program, the student should have a reference or introduction from another faculty member, or may have had an introduction to the faculty member by attending Grand Rounds or during clerkship, so the student can personally reach out to the faculty to discuss if this is an option.
International Visiting Student Program
The IVS Program is one of many programs with a goal of adding value to elective clerkships by exposing students to an international perspective on medicine. The IVS Program compliments Stanford Medicine’s mission to increase global impact, diversity, and improve cross-cultural education. Review Stanford Medicine’s diversity message, commitment to welcoming students and scholars throughout the world, and the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education.
Clinical Visiting Observer (Non-Stanford)
Community Physician and Non-Stanford Medical Students
- Candidate should provide 2 letters or recommendation and a statement of why are they interested shadowing
- Name of Faculty they would like to shadow with
- Medical Students candidate will have to pay a processing fee of $250 and MD candidate $1,000 if accepted
SHC Policies permit approved individuals to observe patient care and administrative functions of SHC formal training programs and requires that Visiting Observer…
- Must be accompanied and supervised by organizational staff at all times
- Are not permitted to participate in patient care activities
- Must follow visiting observer policies and complete all required forms, and
- Must obtain a hospital badge from security
- Have proof of current Immunizations and flu shot
Please note that Visiting Observers:
- Are not allowed to participate in any patient care activities
- They must be accompanied and supervised by a hospital or SOM employee and/or a physician with current Staff privileges at all times
- Must be at least 18-year-old or in hospital approved structured program
- VO Forms must be submitted to the Compliance Dept for approval
Common examples of Visiting Observer Interactions include:
- Visiting professor and/or medical personnel who are not involved in hospital research or volunteer activities
- Individuals who are interested in medical or residency/fellowship program at the hospitals; and
- Individuals observing clinical or administrative operations who are not enrolled in an official program