DERM 7185

Dermatology Research


Jane Boyer
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description: Almost all students who do a dermatology research rotation are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology. While a rotation in dermatology research may help your application, it is by no means a guarantee. Research may be done for credit (8 wk maximum), or volunteer service. The main reasons to do a rotation are: 1) interest in research; 2) demonstration of interest in dermatology to residency programs; 3) recommendation letter from faculty mentor; and/or 4) possible publication. In general, 8 weeks is the minimum requirement, 3 months or more is preferable. It is ideal to complete the research rotation before October of your fourth year. Please note that mentoring requires a substantial time investment in you by the mentor. Part of the "unspoken agreement" between you and the mentor is that you complete the project regardless of whether or not you match in dermatology.

    Sites: Students will be assigned to one of the following sites depending on their area of research:

    • M Health Clinics and Surgery Center, 909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
    • VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm, varies by project

    Direct patient care: No

    Consent Requirement: Arranged. Please submit a request to schedule using the form linked below.

    DERM Arranged Electives Form

    Course Objectives: Students will become acquainted with a problem or problems currently needing investigation in dermatology, particularly in fields relating to immunology, pathology, inflammation, or clinical disease. Students will help define a hypothesis and investigate the problem. Students should develop skills in investigative techniques and problem solving.

    Graded Components: 

    • Research performance
    • Research outcome/product (ex. Presentation, abstract, publication, etc.)

    Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition allowed up to 2 times

    Limited to Student Type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

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    Course evaluation: MedHub