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  1. 1. REQUIRED COURSE: Course Title: Derma tolog y Sponsoring Department or Unit: Medicine List other departments with ongoing involvement in the course, and number of faculty participating from each department: Medicine (Dermatology) 1 No Faculty Appointment or Volunteer/Other 8 Time apportionment for required activities: Activi ty: Scheduled Contact Hours: Lecture 10 Laboratory 0 Small-group discussion 0 Patient contact 0 Examinations 2 Computer- based learning 0 Other 0 Total 12 Evaluate the appropriateness of the course’s location in the curriculum with respect to preceding and following courses, and with respect to other courses taught concurrently. The Dermatology course is well-positioned in the 3rd quarter of the second year curriculum. At the time the dermatology course is introduced, the students have had 2 quarters each of Pathology, Pharmacology, and Microbiology. These sciences lay sufficient groundwork for students to be prepared to understand the structure and function of the skin. The course prepares students to appropriately assess skin conditions during patient encounters, a skill that they will need during their clinical years. Running concurrently with this course, are the 3rd quarter of Pathology, Pharmacology, and Microbiology courses, as well as the pre-clinical Psychiatry course. IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 1
  2. 2. Educational objectives . Briefly summarize the educational objectives of the course in terms of knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes that students should exhibit upon its completion. How are these objectives communicated to students? What evidence, other than examinations given during the course, indicates that the objectives have been achieved? The course syllabus is distributed to students at the outset of the course, and outlines the following objectives for the course as being desirable for every medical student: 1. Learn about proper care of normal skin and hair; 2. Know enough about dermatology appropriate for the start of clinical training; 3. Learn to examine the patient carefully and observantly, and to properly describe a lesion or eruption; 4. To clearly communicate dermatologic information to a patient; 5. Learn enough about common dermatologic problems so that you will not misinform or confuse lay persons; 6. Learn sufficient dermatologic terminology so that you can understand dermatologic texts and other publications. Student feedback on this course indicates that 84% of students feel that the dermatology course has met its objectives. Evaluation of student performance . Briefly describe the evaluation system used in the course. How do you identify students exhibiting academic difficulty during the course, and what remedial options are provided for students who fail the course? The evaluation of students in this course is based on the results of the final exam. If a student does not achieve a pass on the exam, the course director structures a remediation plan for the student, based on the deficiencies presented. This make- up work is typically in the form of a paper on a given topic. If the student is successful on the remediation effort, he/she passes the course. Evaluation Methods 1. Indicate percent composition of student’s final grade (should sum to 100%): Inter nal Exa ms Labora tory/ Practic al NBME Subject (“shelf”) Exam Faculty/Pre ceptor/ Resident Ratings OSCE/ SP Exam Paper/Oth er Written Exercise Other (describe below) 100 % IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 2
  3. 3. Other method(s) noted above: 2. Number of internally prepared exams ___1__ For credit __0___Not for credit 3. Format of internally prepared, for credit exams (check all that apply): ___X__Multiple- choice, true/false, matching ____X_Open-ended, short answer _____ Essay _____ Oral _____ Laboratory/practical _____ Computer- based (any format) ___X__ Other (use of slides) 4. Do internal examinations include problem- solving exercises? _____ Yes ____X_ No 5. If NBME subject (“shelf”) examinations are used, give mean scores for the last three classes: NA Year: N/A _____ _____ Score: N/A _____ _____ Course evaluation . Describe the methods used to evaluate course quality. Identify major successes of the course and challenges not yet surmounted. Historically, this course has been evaluated annually using two methods: 1) an end-of-course paper, or web-based evaluation, managed by the dean’s office; and 2) a “Dean’s Dinner” format where the class officers survey their classmates about the course, and present a summative report to those attending an end-of-year comprehensive review of all of the second year courses. IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 3
  4. 4. Feedback from these two sources indicate that the course is generally well- regarded by students. Most students attend all of the lectures, and found the course director to be responsive to students. Lecturers are considered to variable, often presenting slide material too quickly, which tended to overwhelm students. There are some standouts among the group, most notably the lecture given on tattoos and their complications. Students have universally asked for more accessibility to slides, or order to review in greater depth. List recommended or required learning materials (textbooks, databases, Web sites, etc.): REQUIRED: 1. Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology : Fitzpatrick, T or 2. Fundamentals of Dermatology : Naseman,T RECOMMENDED SHORT TEXTS: 1. Skin Signs of Systemic Diseases: Braverman, IM,MD, WB Saunders Co. 2. Synopsis of Dermatology : Stewart D, MD, Danto, JL, MD, CV Mosby Co. 3. Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin, Clinical Dermatology : Domonkos N, MD, WB Saunders Co. LARGE REFERENCE BOOKS: 1. Textbook of Dermatology : Rook, A, MD, Wilkinson, DS, MD, Ebling, FG, PhD, FA Davis Co. Vol. 1 and 2. 2. Dermatology in General Medicine : Fitzpatrick, et al, McGraw-Hill, Inc. 3. Dermatology : Moschella, SA, MD Pillsbury, DM, MD, Hurley, HJ, MD, WB Sanders Co. Vol 1 and 2. IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 4