Dermatology Elective for Visiting Fourth-Year Medical Students
The SIU Division of Dermatology offers fourth year students a 4-week general dermatology elective. During the rotation students spend a majority of their time seeing patients in our general dermatology clinics. Assigned textbook reading is provided during the elective time. There is an extensive kodachrome study set available for independent review. We have several didactic conferences during the week and most are tailored to include student participation. These include weekly journal club, kodachrome conference, lectures and monthly grand rounds. Students may also be involved in evaluating hospital consults and rotating through the Mohs micrographic surgery unit. If students have already completed a general dermatology elective elsewhere, we do permit a shortened rotation (2 weeks) which follows the same schedule as our 4-week elective.
Student evaluations will be based, in part, on their clinical performance and participation in conferences. They will also have time to prepare a brief presentation on a topic of interest and present it during the final week at one of our divisional conferences. Finally, we give a written multiple choice and kodachrome examination based on the textbook reading at the end of the rotation.
We have designed this elective to give students the maximum exposure to general clinical dermatology, while allowing time and providing motivation for independent study of this complex specialty. The SIU faculty and residents hope to familiarize rotating students with general dermatology language and principles, to prepare them for whatever branch of medicine they choose to practice.
Rotation spots are available on a first-come first-served basis. We are not able to schedule any outside rotators until the final SIU fourth-year electives have been set (mid to late May). If you are interested in rotating with us please email Stacy Miller and let her know the dates for which you are interested. We keep a list of those students requesting a rotation, the dates the requests were made and then contact everyone on the list once we know the dates we have available.
You will also need to access the Office of Student Affairs website at the following link and read the guidelines for visiting medical students. http://www.siumed.edu/studentaffairs/vms.html
Plan to arrive at 8am on the first Monday of your rotation. Our student coordinator, Stacy Miller will introduce you to one of our chief residents, who will give you a brief orientation. We are located at 751 N. Rutledge, Room 2300, Springfield, IL 62702. Click here to view a map of the Springfield area.
We look forward to working with you during your time in Springfield and will make every effort to make it a productive learning experience for you!
Information for Rotators Interested in Dermatology Residency Training:
I would like to clarify our dermatology resident selection process for those of you who are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology. We review every completed application beginning in November of each year. All residents and faculty meet and collectively select 25-30 candidates to invite for an interview. Interview candidates are notified in early December and interviews take place on most Fridays in January.
Selection for an interview is not related to participating in an elective at our institution. As mentioned above, we take those interested in doing an elective on a first-come first-served basis when space is available. We have no prerequisite qualifications for the elective, thus the rotation is entirely independent of the application and interviewing process. If, after review of your application, you are selected for an interview you will be notified in early December. You are not required to return for a formal interview unless you so choose. We will consider you among the 25-30 applicants interviewed when we determine our rank list, whether you return for an interview or not.