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. Please note that for the upcoming academic year, we are following AAMC guidelines and will sponsor non-credit bearing “virtual experiences” only for medical students from other institutions to learn more about our residency program.

Students will participate in weekly educational conferences, which are offered remotely through Zoom: Grand Rounds, slide conference, dermatopathology lectures/unknowns, journal club, and attending lectures. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to attend virtual multidisciplinary melanoma conference, which is held twice monthly. Student-specific programming includes weekly dermatology unknowns as well as panel discussions with faculty and residents that would explore sub-specialties, specialty clinics, clinical sites/settings, and resident life at Washington University and in St. Louis. Each student will also have an opportunity to meet virtually with program leaders and faculty.

The “virtual experiences” will be non-credit bearing, and will occur in 2 week blocks (weeks offered below), with a time commitment of approximately 6-8 hours each week.

  • Block 1: August 17-August 28
  • Block 2: August 31-September 11
  • Block 3: September 14-September 25
  • Block 4: September 28-October 9
  • Block 5: October 12-October 23

To apply, please submit the following by email to Ms. Rosie Brannan at by July 24, 2020. You will be notified by August 15th at the latest about your application and scheduled block.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement that details your interest in our residency program (250 words maximum)
  • Please also include in your email:
    • List of blocks you are available to participate in order of preference
    • Whether you are at an institution without a home dermatology program
    • If you would like to self-identify as a student from a group that is underrepresented in medicine, please do so. Additionally, we encourage you to apply to the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program for further opportunities to network with current students and residents of color, and to meet Dr. Will Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity and Ms. Lisa Stevenson, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Engagement. You must apply and be accepted to our virtual elective to also participate in the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program.

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 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.