University of Wisconsin–Madison

Medical Education

Quick Facts

We offer three courses to medical students:

  • A 2-week rotation for SMPH students
  • A 4-week rotation for SMPH students, especially those interested in a dermatology career
  • A 4-week rotation for visiting students (Jul-Nov only)

See below for information on all three as well as enrollment/application instructions.

How to Enroll

SMPH students can enroll in either rotation through the student portal during the normal class selection period.

Please note that our rotations are currently listed in the coursebook under the Department of Medicine.

Visiting students will follow a different procedure outlined in the course description below.

Course Details

Welcome to the Department of Dermatology Medical Student Page. Dermatology is a wondrous blend of Science and the Art of Patient Care. It is exciting, challenging and above all rewarding. We expect that you will have an outstanding educational experience with us.

The two-week elective rotation

The two-week elective rotation is a preliminary summary of skin disease. Basic and advanced concepts in the language of dermatology with emphasis on the proper descriptions of clinical findings are stressed. The underlying pathology of common skin diseases is covered with some conditions limited to the integument and others with systemic findings. The student learns the importance of history and morphology in developing a differential diagnosis. Laboratory studies and lesion selection for biopsies, when indicated, are key learning points. Hands-on experience with minor procedures is possible under close supervision.

The student completes the rotation with a better understanding of this specialty’s complexity, dermatology nomenclature and the basic groups of skin disease.

Enroll in this course through the student portal during the normal class selection period. Please note that our rotations are currently listed in the coursebook under the Department of Medicine.

The four-week elective rotation

The four-week elective rotation builds upon these goals with greater time to appreciate the subtleties of skin health, improve upon terminology skills and read about less common conditions encountered in the clinic. Students on this rotation often complete a special project or write-up in concert with faculty and/or a resident.

If you are considering a career in dermatology, please indicate this to the faculty. We welcome students at all levels of interest and wish to provide additional guidance to those seeking future training in this specialty.

Enroll in this course through the student portal during the normal class selection period. Please note that our rotations are currently listed in the coursebook under the Department of Medicine.

For visiting (non-SMPH) students

The Department of Dermatology is pleased to offer fourth-year electives in dermatology to visiting medical students during the months of July – November. Students find this a great opportunity to evaluate the program and many of our visiting students go on to become dermatology residents at the UW.

Due to high demand and limited availability, we ask that candidates interested in a visiting rotation email or fax a CV, cover letter and transcript to Jennifer Hanser (jhanser@dermatology.wisc.edu or fax: 608-287-2676).

Accepted students will be notified and should then arrange the rotation through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Application instructions and eligibility requirements can be found at School of Medicine and Public Health – Visiting Students

Primary Contact

Jennifer Hanser
Education Coordinator
Dept of Dermatology
1 S Park St, 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715
608-287-2658
Fax: 608-287-2676
jhanser@dermatology.wisc.edu