Learning module: Basic science of the skin

Goals and objectives

The goal of this module is to introduce medical students to some of the important basic science principles necessary to an understanding of dermatologic disease.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Understand skin functions and how relevant dysfunction contributes to disease.
  • Approach dermatologic disease with an understanding of basic skin structure and microanatomy.

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    The AAD has partnered with the Society of Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) to produce a series of pediatric dermatology-specific modules for the AAD's Basic Dermatology Curriculum (BDC).  The topics for these modules were selected by pediatric dermatologists as topics not currently addressed within the BDC.

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