Medical Student Core Curriculum

The members of the American Academy of Dermatology have a long history of involvement in medical student education. This curriculum was created by a work group of experienced dermatology educators based on the needs of today's learners.

Users of this curriculum should start by opening the appropriate introductory guide.

These guides provide direction about how one can best use this collection of learning modules, including the recommended order in which to review them. Each module has been peer-reviewed and is based on the best available evidence. Clinical vignettes and questions within each module provide a practical framework for learning. After completion of each module, students can test their knowledge with quiz questions.

We encourage all medical students to participate in clinical dermatology rotations if possible. This curriculum is an excellent companion to the teaching offered in dermatology rotations, but it also may be used by students who are directing their own learning.

This curriculum demonstrates the dedication of the American Academy of Dermatology and its members to education and patient care.

If you have questions or comments regarding the Medical Student Core Curriculum, please contact the AAD Member Resource Center at

Modules and videos

Learners are encouraged to review modules in the suggested order using a two- or four-week curriculum.

Modules are listed alphabetically below and in the suggested order in the navigation to the left.