Learning module: Dermatologic therapies

Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help medical students gain familiarity with common dermatologic treatments.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Estimate the amount of topical medication needed for therapy based on frequency of application and body surface area involved.
  • Choose appropriate strengths of topical steroids based on age, body location and severity of dermatitis.
  • List the side effects of prolonged use of topical steroids. Discuss the basic principles of medications used to treat acne.
  • Discuss the basic principles of topical antifungals, oral antihistamines and topical psoriasis medications.

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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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