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Dermatology Elective Information for Visiting Medical Students

The SIU Division of Dermatology offers visiting 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. 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.

Student evaluations will be based on their clinical performance, participation in conferences, and 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.  If you are interested in rotating with us please contact 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. Because we offer the elective on a first-come first-served basis, selection for an interview is not guaranteed by participating in an elective at our institution.

You will also need to access the Office of Student Affairs website at the following link and read the guidelines for visiting medical students.

Please report to the Office of Student Affairs, 801 N. Rutledge, 3rd Floor, Room 3080, at 8am on the first Monday of your rotation to complete a Visiting Medical Student Information Form.  It is important that we have your local (Springfield) address and phone number, as well as whom to contact in the event of an emergency.  At that time, you will receive our Important numbers Contact Card; do not hesitate to call/page anyone listed should you need assistance.  The Office of Student Affairs is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At 8:30am that first day, you are to report to the SIU Photographer, Jason Johnson, 327 W. Calhoun, 2nd Floor, Room 268 to get your picture taken for your temporary SIU badge.  These badges are to be returned to the Security Office upon completion of your rotation with SIUSOM.  Evaluations will be withheld if badges are not returned.  Badges should be available in the SIU Security Office, 801 N. Rutledge, First Floor no later than 3pm on day one of your rotation.

PLEASE NOTE:  We do not supply white coats to visiting students.  Please bring your white coat with you.  We have no official housing for visiting medical students.   You may refer to the following website for housing assistance:

Plan to arrive at 8:00 a.m. at the Dermatology Clinic and our student coordinator, Stacy Miller will introduce you to one of our residents, who will give you a brief orientation.  We are located at 751 N. Rutledge, Room 2300, Springfield, IL 62702.  For a map of the Springfield area, please check our website at:

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!

If you must cancel this elective, please notify the Office of the Registrar in writing at least 30 days prior to your start date.

Information for Rotators Interested in Dermatology Residency Training:
A note of clarification about 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 October of each year.  All residents and faculty meet and collectively select 25-30 candidates to invite for an interview.  Interview candidates are notified in late November and interviews take place on Fridays late November and December.

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