Rotation Opportunities


The Rush Dermatology Residency Program is an active participant in the Explore Program through Rush Medical College.  This program  pairs first- and second-year medical students with faculty preceptors and authentic clinical work, research, advocacy, medical education or leadership experiences to reinforce and invigorate classroom learning, as well as to infuse joy and meaning throughout the pre-clerkship years.  

The aim of EXPLORE Rush is to allow you to be the architects of your own education, participating in experiences based on your interests and learning goals. The objectives of the EXPLORE program are to 1) identify clinical, research, advocacy, medical education or leadership interests and learning goals and 2) work with a clinician, scientist, advocate, educator or leader to advance your goals. 

Questions? Please ask Dr. Susan Glick or reach out to your preceptor. 

Susan B Glick, MD, MHPE 
Director, EXPLORE Rush · Leader, Educator Role · Professor of Medicine 
Rush Medical College 
Office of Integrated Medical Education 
Armour Academic Center, Suite 403 
600 S Paulina Street 
Chicago, IL 60612 

Daniela Pasnick
Medical Student Education Coordinator
Program Coordinator, EXPLORE Rush
Program Coordinator, Rush Summer Research Scholars Program
600 S Paulina Armour Academic Center Ste 403
Chicago, IL 60612


This is an elective course available to third- and fourth-year medical students. Dermatologic disorders are studied under the direct supervision of the departmental faculty and dermatology residents. Students have the opportunity to see and learn from patients with a variety of medical and procedural dermatological needs, in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Some of the opportunities include working in the general dermatology clinic, dermatological surgery clinic, cutaneous lymphoma clinic, and working with faculty leaders in autoimmune blistering disease, hidradenitis, psoriasis, oncodermatology, and cosmetic dermatology. Participation in weekly dermatological didactics is available, and many students have opportunities to author case reports or other manuscripts in collaboration with Rush Dermatology.

For students interested in applying to dermatology residency, you will be encouraged to give a 5 to 10-minute presentation on a topic of your choice in Dermatology. Topics can include interesting presentations or emerging diseases, cases seen during your rotation, novel treatment options for diseases, or a dermatology topic with interdisciplinary overlap.

Your final grade (honors, high pass, pass, and fail) will be based on performance evaluations by dermatology residents and attendings, as well as the quality of your final presentation, if given.

Questions? Please contact Tessa Banks  

Tessa Banks
Medical Student Education Coordinator
Rush Medical College
600 S. Paulina Street, Ste 403
Chicago, IL 60612


Opportunities are occasionally available for outside rotators to visit in a shadowing capacity in the dermatology clinic.

Those interested in shadowing a physician in the dermatology clinic should contact our program coordinator, Lynn Thompson at



The AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program enables medical and public health students to pursue short-term learning opportunities in locations away from their home institutions.  Program participants include medical and public health students in the U.S. and around the globe.

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