Learning module: Bacterial skin infections

Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help medical students develop a clinical approach to the evaluation and initial management of patients who present with bacterial infections.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the morphology of common cutaneous bacterial infections.
  • Discuss the bacterial etiologies of cellulitis and erysipelas.
  • Recognize clinical patterns and risk factors that suggest methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
  • Recommend initial steps for the evaluation and treatment of common cutaneous bacterial infections.
  • Recognize characteristic features of necrotizing fasciitis and the need for emergent treatment, including surgical intervention.

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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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