Visiting Student Rotation

We appreciate your interest in completing an external rotation with the George Washington University’s Department of Dermatology. Space permitting, we are welcoming external medical student rotators to participate in a 4 week elective with our department. All external rotators should apply through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Program.

We acknowledge the continued limitation for external rotations, with AAMC guidance allowing for only one external rotation per student from an Institution with an established Dermatology Department. If you are an external rotator-hopeful but are unable to rotate in-person with our department, there are limited opening to join the program's virtual rotation which didactics session based for a 4-week period. Please contact Executive Residency Coordinator Desiree Poosson and let her know you are interested. Elective credit is not offered for participating.

DERM 380 Dermatology Clinic

Conferences, lectures, and attendance at dermatology clinic where patients with wide variety of dermatoses are seen: diagnosis and treatment of common skin disorders, dermatologic surgery procedures, technique for using liquid nitrogen, culture and identification of fungi, and microscopic diagnosis of common cutaneous diseases. Part of the elective may be spent with the Pediatric Dermatology Division at Children's National Medical Center. Faculty includes: Drs. Adam Friedman, Ilana DeLuca, Vishal Patel, Karl Saardi and Yasmine Kirkorian.

Course Duration: 4 weeks. Course dates are flexible but need to coincide with GWU’s rotation calendar.

Contact Information:

Desiree Poosson
Phone: (202) 741-2625

PED 411 Pediatric Dermatology

Prerequisites: Please contact Dr. Yasmine Kirkorian at

This elective course presents an opportunity for 4th-year medical students to learn the nature and scope of pediatric dermatology. Students will be active members of the Dermatology Service, participating in out-patient clinics and in-patient consultation rounds. Students will attend formal dermatology didactic conferences, lectures, and Grand Rounds. This rotation is designed in particular for medical students who plan a career in Pediatrics. You will learn about common pediatric skin conditions as well as complex pediatric concerns, such as congenital, infectious, parasitic, neoplastic, and secondary disorders caused by underlying systemic conditions. No Dermatology prerequisites. No weekends or call. The students will interact with Dermatology Residents and also with Children’s National Pediatric Residents and Fellows who are rotating on Dermatology. Most conferences are dermatologic in nature although there are opportunities to attend general pediatric conferences. Personal transportation may be necessary to attend clinics and conferences at NIH, Georgetown University Hospital, & Children’s National satellite clinics.

Course Duration: 2-4 weeks. Course dates are flexible and do not need to coincide with GWU’s block calendar.

Contact Information: 

Wilhelmina Bradford
Phone:  (202) 476-3395
Fax: (202) 476-3621

Please see the School of Medicine and Health Sciences page for visiting students for information about applying through the Visiting Student Application Service.