Dermatology Education for Medical Students
The Medical Student Workstream of the British College of Dermatology (BCD) works to support and improve dermatology training for medical students across the UK. The BCD does this through its undergraduate curriculum, educational resources, events for medical students, and more.
While the BCD does not ‘set’ the curriculum for dermatology training in medical schools, we have developed a BCD Medical Student Curriculum which is designed to support UK medical schools by providing guidance on the minimum competencies required of a medical school graduate to ensure the safe care of patients with skin disease.
The core curriculum is set out as learning outcomes with suggestions for how these might be learnt, taught, and assessed.
Despite the prevalence of skin complaints across primary and secondary care, there is a striking lack of postgraduate opportunities to learn clinical dermatology. Adequate undergraduate attainment underpinned by clinical experience has the potential to ensure that every future medical practitioner has sufficient grounding needed to diagnosis and manage the most prevalent, serious, and life-threatening skin conditions.
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Educational Resources for Medical Students
Through the BCD, the BAD produces a range of educational resources for medical students, the most important of which is the Handbook for Medical Students and Junior Doctors, and the related Medical Student app.
Dermatology Societies for Medical Students
DermSocs are a great way for medical students to engage with peers who have a shared interest in dermatology. Many medical schools will have an existing DermSoc which you can join, however, if there is no existing DermSoc, then you may be able to establish one yourself and affiliate with the BAD.
To support the work of DermSocs around the UK, there is the UK National DermSoc Committee, run by medical students, and supported by the BAD.
For more information about the purpose of DermSocs, how to join, or how to set-up a Derm Soc, read our ‘Guide to DermSocs’ resource.
Read the latest DermSoc UK Newsletters below:
Medical Student Awards
The BAD has a number of grants and awards open to medical students studying in the UK and Ireland
Applicants are advised to download the application forms, and carefully read and adhere to the application conditions.