Medical student courses

Our faculty participate in teaching medical students during the second-year course, third-year clerkship and fourth-year elective. We offer electives in clinical dermatology, pediatric 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. Our visiting student program for the current academic year (2020-2021) is now closed. Please check back for information about a visiting elective for next academic year in the spring, when we have additional information regarding resumption of in-person rotations.

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.

If you identify as a student from a group that is underrepresented in medicine, we also encourage you to review the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program for additional information in planning for a visiting elective next academic year.

Medical student research

Research opportunities are available for interested medical students, starting in the first year of medical school.

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.