A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The Dermatology course will introduce students to dermatology and patients with skin disease. It will enable students to diagnose common skin conditions and understand the principles of management of these patients. The course will cover the pathogenesis of the main skin conditions and the main therapies to use including both topical preparations and systemic drugs, such as immunomodulating agents, immunosuppressants and biologics.
The course is designed in 3 blocks. The first block will focus on the physiology, biology, biochemistry, functions of the skin and mechanisms that trigger skin pathologies. The second block will address the most common dermatological pathologies that a physician will face in his practice. The third block will skill students on the clinics by visiting both hospitalized patients suffering from more severe and also life-threatening conditions and ambulatories where patients generally complain of less serious skin diseases.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will learn:
-To acquire an understanding of the scientific basis of dermatology;
-To relate knowledge of skin structure to the physical signs of skin disease;
-To take a coherent dermatological history and be able to describe cutaneous physical signs using appropriate terminology;
-To recognise common skin diseases;
-To recognise important cutaneous signs of systemic disease or adverse reactions to drugs;
-To understand the principles of dermatological treatment.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

The teaching, given the current health situation, will be carried out entirely at a distance.
Course syllabus
Lecture n1 - Introduction to Dermatology: anatomy and functional areas
Lecture n2 - Skin Biochemistry
Lecture n3 - Physiology of the skin
Lecture n4 - Skin care
Lecture n5 - Topical Therapy Principles
Lecture n6 - Skin Infectious Diseases - parasitic and mycotic
Lecture n7 - Skin Infectious Diseases - bacterial and viral
Lecture n8 - Skin Allergic Diseases
Lecture n9 - Skin Inflammatory Diseases
Lecture n10 - Skin Reactive Diseases
Lecture n11 - OncoDermatology 1
Lecture n12 - OncoDermatology 2
Lecture n13 - Autoinflammatory diseases
Lecture n14 - Viral exanthemas 1
Lecture n15 - Viral exanthemas 2
Lecture n16 - Drug induced reactions
Lecture n17 - Hidradenitis suppurativa
Lecture n18 - Interactive forum with students on the topics discussed during the course
Prerequisites for admission
To take the Dermatology exam, students must have already passed all the exams of the first and second year (Fundamentals of Basic Sciences, Cells, Molecules and Genes 1 and 2, Human Body, Functions and Mechanisms of Diseases).
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars. Practical activities will be used, through simulation or in the ward, to consolidate technical and soft knowledge and skills developed during frontal lectures.
Teaching Resources
The course will provide an e-book containing the full content of the lessons.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students' evaluation will be assessed through an oral session in which the students will be challenged to apply the concepts acquired during the course on physiological or clinical problems.
The exam is deemed to be passed successfully if the final grade is equal to or higher than 18/30. In the event of a full grade (30/30) honors (lode) may be granted with the consent of all the professors.
Registration to the exam through SIFA is mandatory.
Lessons: 36 hours
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