Year Four Courses

DERM 796 - Dermatology Individual Studies


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Joslyn Kirby, MD


Administrative Coordinator:

Michelle Ball (



Restricted to students enrolled in The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Students must have completed the dermatology elective (DERM 732). Individual research topics selected by students taking this course will stem from experiences gained in the clinic setting during the preceding DERM 732 course.


Maximum Number of Students:



When Offered:

All Rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



Hershey: 8:00 AM, UPC II, Room 4200B (Dermatology Conference Room).



This course will allow senior medical students to work under the supervision of a Dermatology faculty member or members to develop a clinical or laboratory based research project that will be performed during the 4 week block. Students will be involved in the project design, institutional review board process (when needed) statistical planning and analysis, and preparation of a presentation of research findings in the format of a manuscript for publication and/or presentation at a dermatology conference. Students will also participate in the weekly didactic sessions with the dermatology residents, the weekly departmental journal club, and monthly Grand Rounds and patient conferences. These sessions will provide exposure to a broad range of dermatologic topics in addition to the area of research focus.


Course Objectives:

The goals of this elective are for the student to:
• Carry out individual research, clinical or laboratory.
• Critically analyze the dermatologic literature pertaining to the research topic(s).
• Present or submit research findings via manuscript/lecture/poster.