DERM 740 - Dermatology/Pathology Elective


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Michael Ioffreda, M.D


Administrative Coordinator:

Lawrie Romberger, lromberger1@hmc.psu.edu


Contact Information:




Completion of third year core clerkships & course is for students who are pursuing a career in dermatology or pathology.


Maximum Number of Students:



When Offered:

All Rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



9:00 a.m. Dermatopathology Sign Out Room, C7714A



Intended for students who are pursuing a career in dermatology or pathology, the course involves studying the pathology of cutaneous disorders. At a multi-headed microscope, the students will observe "sign out" of skin biopsies obtained in outpatient and inpatient settings that are performed by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists and family practitioners. Students will have the opportunity to preview cases on their own and are expected to do so. With the aid of the dermatopathologists, students are expected to complete a project that can feasibly be completed within the one-month-long rotation and lead to publication. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to diagnose common skin lesions on their own, which will be assessed by questioning at the microscope. This course complements what is learned in dermatology and pathology rotations. A four-week block is recommended, with a maximum of two students at any given time.