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We welcome students to take a dermatology clerkship regardless of the medical discipline they intend to pursue. This should take place after completing multiple core clerkships including Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics. We believe students should receive as broad an exposure to medicine as possible before taking our introductory clerkship (Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology) and making career decisions.

If further experience/learning is desired, we also suggest taking our Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology. For those students with a career interest in Dermatology, taking electives in related sub-specialties such as Rheumatology, Immunology, and Plastic Surgery are encouraged.


Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology

Students may apply towards the end of their 3rd year or in their 4th year of medical school for a clinical elective in dermatology where the focus is placed on intensive exposure to a large number of patients in different clinical settings. Students will spend time exclusively at the Johns Hopkins facilities (Outpatient Center, Greenspring Station, Harriet Lane Pediatrics Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital Dermatology consult service). Our clinical services at these locations provide an excellent opportunity for students to interact with different types of patients and to be exposed to a wide range of skin problems.

Parallel to the clinical activities, there are didactic sessions on Fridays (1-5 pm) and occasionally on other weekday mornings. Formal lectures on basic dermatology topics are given by dermatology residents and faculty members. No formal exam is given.  Grading is based on the evaluations submitted by residents and faculty members and a short oral presentation.

  • Availability/Duration: All year except Summer Quarter Period 2; one month; four student maximum; visiting medical students must follow JHUSOM quarter dates

    Prerequisite(s): Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics (at least two out of three)

    Drop Period: 2 months

  • Course Director: Dr. Farah Succaria

    Course Coordinator: Shanika Bennett

    Faculty: Full-time faculty


Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology

Students who have already taken the Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins and who are interested in a specific area of dermatology or in dermatology research may benefit from this elective. This elective gives the student the opportunity for more “in depth” participation in specific areas of interest within the department of dermatology under guidance of a faculty mentor. Arrangements have to be made between the interested student and the faculty member who will be mentoring him/her.

The main objective is active participation in a small clinical research project, or clinical and scholarly work with a faculty member with a certain specialty focus. The faculty mentor will provide the specific schedule. Students are encouraged to participate in all didactic activities including Grand Rounds and faculty lectures during the time spent in the department.

This course is available to visiting medical students; although preferred, they do not need to follow JHUSOM quarter dates.

  • Availability/Duration: All year; 1-3 months

    Prerequisite(s): Basic dermatology elective (Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology); complete at least two of the following clerkships: Internal Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics

    Drop Period: 2 months

  • Course Director: Individual Dermatology Faculty

    Course Coordinator: Shanika Bennett


Basic Dermatopathology

Students may apply for an elective in dermatopathology if they have completed the prerequisites. Students will attend daily sign-out where they will be exposed to a large volume of cases. Additional exposure will come through the use of study sets which are available to the students. The students will attend the Dermatology weekly Grand Rounds where they may see patients and participate in the discussion and presentation of the pathology for those patients. Additionally, the students will attend a formal dermatopathology teaching session once per week.

  • Availability/Duration: All year except Summer Quarter Period 2; 1 month; one student; visiting medical students must follow JHUSOM quarter dates

    Prerequisite(s): Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins

    Drop Period: 2 months

  • Course Director: Dr. Inbal Sander

    Course Coordinator: Shanika Bennett

    Faculty: Dr. Janis Taube, Dr. Inbal Sander

Research Opportunities in the Department of Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology considers research a core component of education. Below is a selection of research opportunities within the department along with the associated faculty.

  • Ethnic Skin Program and Fellowship 

  • Research focus is to understand mechanisms of protective innate and adaptive immune responses to skin pathogens, in particular S. aureus, and the role of aberrant immune responses and the skin microbiome in the pathogenesis of inflammatory skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Dr. Archer’s long-term goal is to discover mechanisms that can serve as targets for future immune-based therapies and vaccination strategies.

  • Translational research in cancer biology, clinical research on social determinants of health and patient reported outcomes as it relates to dermatologic care, technologic innovations in Dermatology Surgery.

  • Translational research in general dermatology; mechanism of skin aging; photobiology 

  • Skin infection; skin inflammation, innate immunity, skin microbiome 

  • Clinical and translational research in rheumatologic dermatology and in-patient consultative dermatology. AI and full body photography in dermatology. 

  • Translational research in dermatology 

  • Translational research in itch; pruritus; atopic dermatitis; prurigo nodularis. Also, epidemiology/health service research using national data sets and retrospective cohort studies.

    Opportunities for literature reviews are also available.

  • AI in dermatologic surgery, scar outcomes, melanoma, investigate factors that impact clinical surgical practice.

  • Translational research in cutaneous lymphoma, oncodermatology

  • Rheumatologic dermatology diseases, dermatopathology 

  • Clinical research in dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology, including defining quality and value in Mohs micrographic surgery, patient-reported outcomes and social determinants of skin cancer treatment, and evidence-based management of high-risk and rare skin cancers.

  • Research focus is in two main areas: (1) developing novel genetic nanomedicines for activation of antitumor responses in melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma and (2) improving our understanding of the critical mechanisms in the tumor microenvironment (TME) through multiplex immunohistochemistry, with a focus on evaluating the role of antigen presentation in the TME. Potential projects are available in both areas of active investigation.

  • Melanoma; dermatopathology, image analysis 

  • Epidemiologic and clinical research investigations focused on pediatric dermatology; atopic dermatitis; psychosocial and life impact of chronic skin disease. 


JHU 2023-2024 Academic Calendar



First Quarter

First Half: 8/14/2023 – 9/13/2023

Second Half: 9/14/2023 – 10/13/2023

Second Quarter

First Half: 10/16/2023 – 11/15/2023

Second Half: 11/16/2023 – 12/15/2023

Third Quarter

First Half: 1/2/2024 – 1/31/2024

Second Half: 2/1/2024 – 3/1/2024

Fourth Quarter

First Half: 3/18/2024 – 4/17/2024

Second Half: 4/18/2024 – 5/17/2024

Summer Quarter

Period One: 5/20/2024 – 6/14/2024

Period Two: 6/17/2024 – 7/12/2024

Period Three: 7/15/2024 – 8/09/2024

Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology Diversity Clerkship Award

The Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Ethnic Skin Program is proud to award up to five (5) diversity clerkship awards per academic year to medical students who are considered underrepresented in dermatology. This award will provide financial support to help students gain exposure to the department.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please read below for details. 

    • Must be a 3rd or 4th underrepresented medical student (URM) at an accredited medical school in the United States or territories with an interest in completing a residency in dermatology
    • Must submit completed application for the rotation either before or upon acceptance of the clerkship award.

  • The department will award $1500 to up to five medical students to help offset the cost of completing a 4-week rotation through the dermatology department. Preference is given to those noting a financial hardship, for whom completing an away rotation would otherwise be difficult. If financial hardship exists, please note this in your letter of interest.

    Please note, while applications are accepted on a rolling basis, applicants are encouraged to apply for the award 3-4 months before their anticipated rotation date. For those interested in rotating during the fall months (August-December) applications are encouraged to be submitted 4-5 months in advance of preferred rotation date.

    **Awarded applicants must submit a separate application to rotate through Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Disbursement of funds is contingent upon acceptance for a rotation**

    1. Cover page including applicant name, email, address, medical school name and year and desired months of rotation
    2. ERAS like transcript
    3. Step score(s) if taken
    4. Letter of Recommendation from medical school or mentor (must be physician)
    5. One page letter of interest
    6. Headshot

    Download application flyer

    Please email completed applications for diversity clerkship award to Shanika Bennett


Medical Student Rotation Contacts

To receive more information about these programs, please contact the following:

Farah Succaria, M.D.

Director of Medical Student Education
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology

Shanika Bennett

Medical Student Rotation Coordinator
Department of Dermatology
[email protected]
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