Resident Rotation - Dermatology

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Resident Rotation - Dermatology

Due to the limited size of the Department of Dermatology, and a long-standing dedication to medical education, the following resident rotator outline has been developed. This will ensure maximum quality to all family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine residents who rotate monthly on our service.

The goal of the Department of Dermatology is to provide rotating residents with an outstanding dermatologic experience. This includes ensuring they attain a basic knowledge of skin disease that will enable them to practice medicine.

This will be accomplished by "hands on" clinical evaluation of patients with skin
disease under the close supervision of dermatology faculty and residents. The clinical experience will be complimented by attending dermatology lectures and suggested self-guided textbook review.


Residents will be able to:

  1. obtain a history from a patient pertinent to their presenting skin disease
  2. adequately perform physical examination of the skin, hair, nails and mucosal surfaces as well as describe any disease with dermatologic terminology
  3. correlate history and physical findings, present a differential diagnosis and formulate diagnostic and/or treatment plans
  4. perform diagnostic skin tests (shave, punch and surgical excisional biopsies) and perform appropriate suture closures as indicated
  5. perform and analyze office laboratory procedures used in diagnosing skin disorders including: potassium hydroxide preps, cytodiagnostic smears, ectoparasite preps, hair mounts, woods lamp and patch tests
  6. develop a knowledge base to determine when dermatologic consultation is indicated


Rotation Supervisor:
Thomas G. Cropley, M.D., Professor of Dermatology
434-924-5115, P.O. Box 800718

Rotation Duration: 4 weeks
Time to Report: 8:00 AM, first Monday of rotation
Place to Report: Dermatology Clinic Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Primary Care Center

Clinic Requirements

  1. Report to the clinic conference room every morning from 8:00 to 9:00 AM, Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri (Wed report time 9:00 AM), for the morning dermatology resident/student lecture.
  2. All residents are assigned to a Dermatology attending or Dermatology resident daily for clinic Monday through Friday. Clinic begins at 9:00 AM each morning and 1:00 PM each afternoon. Promptness is mandatory. All residents will actively participate in patient care under the direction and supervision of the physician they are assigned to. The rotators bulletin board in the conference room will have the assignment for each resident. The dermatology residents will be in charge of assignments; scheduling problems should be addressed to them.
  3. All residents are required to also cover their own weekly clinic in their department. Please notify the Dermatology attending or chief resident prior to leaving.
  4. Clinic duty ends at the conclusion of the final patient appointment. Attendings or residents may, however, release rotating residents earlier depending on given circumstance.
  5. Their are no call requirements for rotating residents.
  6. All rotating residents will use Universal precautions when working within the
    Department of Dermatology.

Suggested Textbooks

  1. Thomas P. Habif: Family Practice: Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 4th edition.
  2. Sidney Hurwitz: Pediatrics: Clinical Pediatric Dermatology, 2nd edition.
  3. Irwin M. Braverman: Internal Medicine: Skin Signs of Systemic Disease, 3rd edition.


For all rotators:

  1. Callen JP, Greer KE, et al: Color Atlas of Dermatology.
  2. Fitzpatrick TB, et al: Color Atlas and Synopsis of Dermatology, 4th ed.


The rotation supervisor completes the individual's departmental evaluation form at the end of the clinical rotation. Residents are evaluated based on their performance in clinic and their interaction with patients and staff.


Any rotating resident who has a complaint or a problem that develops during the rotation is encouraged to see the rotation supervisor.