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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


Course Type: Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division: Dermatology
Course Director: Dr. Daren Simkin
Course Coordinator: Shanika Bennett
Faculty: Full-time faculty
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


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 most Wednesday mornings 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 and grading is based on the evaluations submitted by residents and faculty members and a short oral presentation.

Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Dermatology


Course Type: Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division: Dermatology
Course Director: Individual Dermatology Faculty
Course Coordinator: Shanika Bennett
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


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.

Basic Dermatopathology


Course Type: Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division: Dermatology
Course Director: Dr. Inbal Sander
Course Coordinator: Shanika Bennett
Faculty: Dr. Janis Taube, Dr. Inbal Sander
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


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.

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.


Crystal Aguh, M.D.

Ethnic Skin Program and Fellowship 


Anna Chien M.D.

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


Luis Garza M.D.

Skin infection; skin inflammation, innate immunity, skin microbiome 


Jun Kang M.D. 

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


Sewon Kang M.D. 

Translational research in dermatology 


Shawn Kwatra M.D.  

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.


Sima Rozati M.D.

Translational research in cutaneous lymphoma, oncodermatology   


Inbal Sander M.D. 

Rheumatologic dermatology diseases, dermatopathology 


Jeffrey Scott M.D.

Dermatoepidemiology; Dermatologic surgery; Skin cancer 


Daren Simkin M.D.

History of dermatology


Janis Taube M.D.

Melanoma; dermatopathology, image analysis 


Joy Wan M.D.

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


JHU 2021-2022 Academic Calendar



First Quarter

First Half: 8/16/2021 – 9/15/2021

Second Half: 9/16/2021 – 10/15/2021

Second Quarter

First Half: 10/18/2021 – 11/17/2021

Second Half: 11/18/2021 – 12/17/2021

Third Quarter

First Half: 1/3/2022 –  2/2/2022

Second Half: 2/3/2022 – 3/4/2022

Fourth Quarter

First Half: 3/21/2022 – 4/20/2022

Second Half: 4/21/2022 – 5/20/2022

Summer Quarter

Period One: 5/23/2022 – 6/17/2022

Period Two: 6/20/2022 – 7/15/2022

Period Three: 7/18/2022 – 8/12/2022

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 two (2) diversity clerkship awards per academic year to eligible students. The purpose of this award is to give those students with a heavy financial burden to have the opportunity to gain exposure to the department. During this rotation, students will rotate through a variety of clinics including our hair loss clinic, pediatric and general dermatology and inpatient consultation services.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a 3rd or 4th medical student at an accredited medical school looking to apply in Dermatology
  • Must be accepted for a rotation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine*
  • Must submit completed application for the rotation (see below)

Award Application

Award Details

The department will award $750 to two (2) students to help offset the cost of attendance. The award will be paid upon arrival to the rotation.

Please email completed application for diversity clerkship award to Shanika Bennett.

*Note: applications for clerkship must be submitted directly to the School of Medicine, separately from this application.

Medical Student Rotation Contacts

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

Daren Simkin, M.D.

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

Shanika Bennett

Medical Student Rotation Coordinator
Department of Dermatology
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