Dermatology Medical Student Rotations

We welcome third- and fourth-year Geisel School of Medicine students and visiting medical students interested in dermatology to join us for a clinical rotation. Rotations are typically 4 weeks long, but 2-week rotations are also available if desired.

During the rotation, students attend a variety of general and subspecialty clinics, including contact and occupational dermatology, cosmetics, cutaneous lymphoma, dermatology and rheumatology, Mohs and dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, in-patient consultations, and resident continuity clinics. Medical students also attend Grand Rounds, journal club, resident didactic conferences, and dermatopathology microscope sessions during the rotation.

If you are interested in rotating with us, please contact Brittany Stark at or Alicia Dagrosa, MD, MBA, Faculty Advisor, at for more information. We utilize the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) through the Geisel School of Medicine. All Geisel students should use OASIS (Online Access to Student Information and Scheduling) to register for an elective. For questions regarding accessing OASIS, please contact the Geisel Registrar's Office at 603-650-2248 or

Medical student experience

My medical school rotation within the Department of Dermatology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my career. It is amazing how much knowledge I gained while spending time within the clinic, seeing patients and talking with the residents and faculty, without the need for textbooks or lectures.

Whether it is pediatric patients with Dr. Pace, patch testing or CTCL patients with Dr. Zug, psoriasis or cosmetic and laser patients with Dr. Chapman or MOHs surgery with Dr. Samie, there is great opportunity for students to gain a well-rounded clinical basis in dermatology. The faculty always took advantage of teaching moments and offered their clinical expertise, making sure that something new was learned with every patient case.

My favorite time in clinic was when a particularly interesting or puzzling case would trigger a 'long buzz' to everyone's pagers, allowing for all to share in the examination and discussion together. This theme of collaboration and teamwork is prominent within the department here and extends to the medical students who spend time within it.

During my 4 weeks at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, I was made to feel like part of this team, being included, not only with patient care but also, with resident didactics and learning.

As a medical student, I attended dermatopathology conferences, Grand Rounds, interactive kodachrome and textbook reviews, and was able to contribute to inpatient care while on consults. Additionally, I spent one day per week at the White River Junction VA Dermatology clinic where I was able to gain a more hands-on approach to procedural skills.

Whether or not you are planning a career in dermatology, this rotation is a fantastic opportunity to gain relevant clinical knowledge in dermatology in a fun and collaborative environment."

Nicola Quatrano
Geisel School of Medicine 2013