Medical student courses

Our faculty participate in teaching medical students during all phases of the newly-revised medical school curriculum. We also offer electives in clinical dermatology and dermatopathology. Course information for current medical students can be found in the Washington University School of Medicine Bulletin.

Visiting medical students

We welcome students from other institutions to participate in a dermatology elective as a visiting student at Washington University School of Medicine. We plan to offer in-person away electives starting in May 2022. There will not be a virtual option this academic year. Applications for the in-person away elective will be accepted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program starting April 18, 2022. At this time, we do not anticipate limiting students to one away elective in dermatology this academic year.

Available blocks for scheduling an in-person dermatology elective at Washington University:

  • May 23, 2022 — June 19, 2022 
  • July 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022 
  • August 1, 2022 – August 28, 2022 
  • August 29, 2022 – September 25, 2022  
  • September 26, 2022 – October 23, 2022    
  • October 24, 2022 – November 20, 2022 

Underrepresented in medicine visiting students

We are committed to ensuring that our residency program reflects the diverse patient population we serve. If you identify as a student from a group that is underrepresented in medicine, please consider applying to the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program, which provides funding as well as additional engagement opportunities with members of the Washington University School of Medicine community.

The Division of Dermatology is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive learning environment and encourages applications from students who are underrepresented in medicine, including individuals whose personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, health condition or disability place them at risk for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination.

Medical student research

Research opportunities are available for interested Washington University medical students, starting in the first year of medical school. Unfortunately, at this time, there are limited opportunities for research for students from other institutions.

Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students (SPOTS)

Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students (SPOTS) was created by a group of medical students and dermatology faculty from both St. Louis University and Washington University Medical Schools under the leadership of Stephanie Lickerman, RN, Community Education Director for the Melanoma Hope Network. This program, established through a collaborative effort between the two medical institutions, a community non-profit organization (the Melanoma Hope Network), and the Rockwood School District, represents the first educational program of its kind that focuses on teenage skin cancer prevention taught by medical professionals in training. SPOTS is an award-winning program, receiving two Golden Triangle Awards from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2009.

Dr. Carrie Coughlin, Director of Pediatric Dermatology, with dermatology resident Dr. Abby Rosenberg and WUSTL medical students at a SPOTS event.