Learning module: Evaluation of pigmented lesions

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 with pigmented lesions.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify morphologic features of different types of nevi.
  • Apply concepts of “signature nevus” and “ugly duckling” sign to the evaluation of pigmented lesions.
  • Provide patient education about sun protection and skin self-examinations.
  • Recognize when to refer patients with pigmented lesions to a dermatologist.

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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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