Course Director: Liang Deng, MD, PhD
The Dermatology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focuses on both the clinical and research aspects of cutaneous disorders. Skin cancers and the cutaneous disorders manifestations of malignancy are emphasized. Clinical research within the Service focuses on the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, malignant melanomas, premalignant skin lesions, cutaneous T cell lymphomas, Merkel cell carcinoma, and Kaposi’s sarcoma. Other areas aspects of research include oncodermatology, (graft vs. host disease), and patient reported outcomes in dermatology.
This elective in dermatology is designed for medical students with a specific interest in investigative dermatology. While students will have some contact with patients and an opportunity to attend didactic sessions, the emphasis will be on clinical research in dermatology. Students are strongly encouraged to begin plans and preparation for their research projects in advance of the elective.
At the end of this elective, students will be able to:
Identify or formulate a research project with the help of the faculty mentor.
Develop proficiency in conducting background literature search and critical reading.
Develop proficiency in generating research data and data analyses.
Develop proficiency in formulating conclusions from the data analyses.
Understand the limitations of study design.
Develop writing and other presentation skills to summarize the project for conferences or publications.
For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.