Cancer Dermatology (M-103)


Course Director:

Liang Deng, MD

The Dermatology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focuses on the clinical and research aspects of cutaneous disorders, especially skin cancers, cutaneous manifestations of malignancy, and skin reactions to chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

This elective will provide an exciting experience for medical students exploring cutaneous oncology and dermatology in cancer patients. Students will learn to take a history from patients with emphasis on history of skin cancer, sun exposure, and sun sensitivity, and will learn how to perform a complete skin examination. They will gain familiarity with different types of skin biopsies and various treatment modalities for skin cancers and precancerous conditions. They will have exposure to dermoscopy as a diagnostic tool and total body photography for monitoring skin lesions in patients with high-risk for melanoma. Students will learn to diagnose and treat various skin disorders in cancer patients who are on chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy. They will have the opportunity to participate in educational activities such as our weekly dermatopathology and research conferences. Students will be evaluated based on their overall clinical performances and an oral presentation at the end of their elective.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



Minimum of one module

Students per Module

Maximum of 2


Liang Deng, MD

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)
L (May 29 - June 23) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)