Dermatology Curriculm



The UNC Family Practice Dermatology Rotation is designed to help residents competently diagnose and treat common dermatologic conditions presenting in the clinic. A combination of training guidelines, clinical experiences and faculty supervision ensures that this part of the residency curriculum meets RRC guidelines. Residents work in apprenticeship with attendings, observing and caring for patients with diverse dermatologic problems. With experience, they manage patients more independently, seeing them first alone and then conferring with the attending. These experiences are in addition to the longitudinal care of patients with skin conditions residents see as part of their continuity clinics.

Goals and Objectives

The overall goal for this rotation is to increase residents' ability to manage common dermatologic problems that present in an office practice. Residents will be able to:

  • Know about and practice several treatment strategies for common dermatological problems, including:
atopic dermatitis
benign lesions
seborrheic derm
  • Recognize common skin cancers and provide options for their treatment, including basal cell, melanoma, and squamous cell cancers.
  • Develop competence in performing minor surgical skills, including shave biopsy, punch biopsy, elliptical excision, cryotherapy and electrocautery.

Curricular Elements

A two-week block rotation occurs in the second year. Residents also spend one afternoon in the first year learning dermatologic procedures and one afternoon in their senior seminar learning dermatologic diagnosis. Electronic dermatologic cases discussions are disseminated to residents on a regular basis throughout the year. PowerPoint© slide presentations on selected topics that have been prepared by one of the FP attendings are available for review at any time.

The UNC Family Practice Dermatology Rotation consists of:

(Revision June, 2007)