Medical Student Opportunities

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota offers three elective courses to educate students on dermatological conditions, medical treatments, and surgical techniques. These courses provide students a hands-on opportunity to work with patients in a clinical setting, to learn lab skills, and to train closely with world-renowned faculty in a competitive department. 

There are three major courses offered: Dermatology 7182: Preceptorship in Dermatology, Dermatology 7183: Advanced course in Dermatology, & Dermatology 7185: Research in Dermatology.

Department of Dermatology Health Equity Scholarship for Visiting Students


We are accepting applications through July 15, 2022. Students must rotate in the 2022-23 academic year.

The University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology welcomes visiting medical students to apply for a scholarship to participate in our advanced dermatology elective. The goal of the scholarship is to foster opportunities to pursue a career in dermatology for individuals committed to improving heath equity. During this elective, you will rotate primarily within the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology, but will also participate in several clinics at Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center, a safety-net hospital caring for a predominantly underserved patient population. You will also have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Ana Nunez, Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In the last week of the rotation, scholarship recipients will be asked to give a short (8 minute) oral presentation to the department on an aspect of Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare. Students will be expected to see patients in outpatient medical, surgical, and pediatric dermatology clinics, and on inpatient wards. Two afternoons per week will be spent in didactic sessions.

In order to apply for the scholarship, you must be a rotating medical student in a regular 4 week rotation. Applicants must be within their third or fourth year of medical school, be a US citizen from an accredited American medical school, be in good academic standing, and complete all clerkship requirements. You must have completed a basic dermatology rotation as a prerequisite. The scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 and will be paid at the beginning of the elective. For more information, please contact Dr. Christina Boull ( or Josh Hill (

Dermatology 7182: Preceptorship in Dermatology

This class is a prerequisite for advanced dermatological study. It provides fundamental education of skin diseases and skin cancers during clinical study. Students see patients and make diagnoses at one of three affiliated hospitals, as well as participate in weekly didactic conferences in the department. Working directly in a clinical setting allows students to gain first-hand knowledge in appropriate dermatological terminology and descriptions; diagnoses and laboratory diagnostic procedures; therapeutic management for common skin disorders; surgical techniques; and the relationship of skin disease and systematic illness.

Dermatology 7183: Advanced course in Dermatology

Similar to its required preceptorship course, this class is a course offered in a clinical setting for medical students interested in pursuing dermatology as a career. This class provides students the opportunity to generate differential diagnoses, diagnostic tests, and management plans for common dermatological conditions to gain exposure to subspecialties in dermatology. Students will participate in patient discussions, clinical presentations, and resident didactic sessions. During the course, students meet with the residency program director(s) and/or department chair to discuss the residency application process. Students will be required to give an oral presentation of a research interest or dermatologic condition of interest.

Dermatology 7185: Research in Dermatology

Research in Dermatology is an individually formulated course with a University of Minnesota dermatology faculty member. Students pursue a research project through clinical or laboratory research to become acquainted with a problem currently needing investigation in dermatology, particularly in fields relating to immunology, pathology, inflammation, or clinical disease. Students will develop skills in investigative techniques and problem solving.