12 September 2012

American Academy of Dermatology introduces Medical Student Core Curriculum

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2012) —The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has developed a Medical Student Core Curriculum that teaches the fundamental principles of dermatology. Available for free on the Academy’s website, this online curriculum is designed as a companion to clinical dermatology rotations for medical students. It also may be used by educators to assist medical students who are interested in dermatology or by non-dermatologists who are interested in gaining an essential understanding of skin conditions.

“This free, online curriculum will help broaden the dermatologic knowledge of medical students, clinical staff, and physicians, enhance their skills in evaluating and diagnosing skin conditions, and provide them with a valuable and easily accessible resource that will ultimately benefit their patients,” said Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. “Medical students and their professors can use the curriculum to help them diagnose and treat what they see and experience with patients on a day-to-day basis, and for those who have completed medical school, it can serve as a dermatology review in topics from acne to pediatric fungal infections to warts.”

The curriculum consists of 34 modules, all of which have been peer-reviewed and are based on the best-available evidence for skin conditions that range from inflammatory to infectious to skin cancer. The modules are listed alphabetically on the Medical Student Core Curriculum landing page. Students are encouraged to review the modules in this order and follow a two- or four-week review process. Each module includes a presentation with photos, which are often accompanied by videos, to assist students in their learning. After completion of each module, students can test their knowledge with quiz questions. There are no time limits or restrictions, so visitors can review the materials as often as they like, as well as reference the information whenever they come across cases in their medical practices.

“Primary care physicians are on the front lines of providing care for patients’ skin, whether it be diagnosing an itchy rash or recommending a suspicious mole be given a second look by a dermatologist,” said board-certified dermatologist Timothy G. Berger, MD, FAAD, chair of the physician work group that developed the curriculum, and professor of clinical dermatology, executive vice chair of the dermatology department, and associate director of the dermatology residency program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. “As part of its dedication to quality patient care, the American Academy of Dermatology is committed to helping educate our primary care colleagues and medical students about the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in order to provide the best skin care to all patients.”

The Medical Student Core Curriculum can be found at

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1 (888) 462-DERM (3376) or visit Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).