Basic Dermatology Curriculum | AAD

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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.

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.


Explore the AAD's Basic Dermatology Curriculum:

  • Learning modules

    The American Academy of Dermatology, through the efforts of a group of dermatology educators, has created an online medical student core curriculum, a series of online modules and videos that encompass the core principles of dermatology that all physicians should know. These online modules were designed to meet the needs of all dermatology learners, including those engaged in a clerkship as well as those studying independently.

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  • Pediatric dermatology

    These learning modules focus on diagnosing and treating children with skin conditions, including newborns and infants.

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  • Videos

    The American Academy of Dermatology, through the efforts of a group of dermatology educators, has created a series of comprehensive videos that demonstrate basic dermatologic skills for non-dermatologists.

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  • Quizzes

    The American Academy of Dermatology, through the efforts of a group of dermatology educators, has created a series of multiple-choice quizzes that test knowledge on basic dermatologic skills.

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  • Learning guides

    The online curriculum encompasses a broad range of dermatologic topics, but the format for each module is consistent and contains the same general components.

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