84405 - Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Describe the clinical manifestations, etiology, epidemiology, risk factors, natural history, diagnosis, staging, prognostic indicators and management of the major dermatologic and sexually-transmitted diseases, with emphasis on those most commonly encountered in the clinical practice. Identify the major diagnostic and therapeutic options for each encountered clinical scenario, and discuss their benefits and limitations. Summarize decision-making algorithms for a correct differential diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment choice. Present and critically analyze clinical cases, discuss the differential diagnosis, and formulate appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for each case (Problem-Based Learning).

Course contents

Skin: basic structure and function

Cutaneous Signs and diagnosis

Atopic dermatitis and eczema

Contact dermatitis

Drug reactions

Urticaria/ angioedema

Connective tissue diseases (lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma)


Seborrheic dermatitis

Pitiriasis rosea

Lichen planus

Acne vulgaris, Hydradenitis suppurativa, Rosacea

Bacterial infections

Fungal infections

Parasitic infestations

Viral diseases

Autoimmune chronic blistering dermatoses(pemphigus vulgaris, bullous pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, dermatitis herpetiformis)

Nonmelanoma skin cancers and their precursors (actinic keratosis, keratoacanthoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma Merkel cell carcinoma)

Melanocytic nevi and melanoma


Sexually transmitted diaseases (Chlamydia trachomatis

Trichomonas vaginalis

Neisseria gonorrhoeae)


Class presentations are available on Virtuale

As a general reference book: Andrews' Diseases of the Skin Clinical Dermatology, 13th Edition

Authors: William James Dirk Elston James Treat Misha Rosenbach Robert Micheletti

ElseviereBook 2019

ISBN: 9780323551885

Hardcover ISBN: 9780323547536

Paperback ISBN: 9780323547543

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons will be conducted in a classroom equipped with multimedia equipment, with the main use of slides in PowerPoint format. Students will be provided with an electronic version of the slides presented during the lessons. 

Attendance to learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 60% of lessons.

Assessment methods

The oral exam consists of one or more questions on the program. The number of questions may vary based on the level of preparation and study of the subject highlighted by the student in the answers.

Graduation of the final grade:

Insufficient: lack of preparation. Serious and repeated conceptual errors.

18-19: knowledge of the basic concepts without serious gaps. Exposition of concepts and language as a whole acceptable.

20-24: knowledge of the basic concepts without gaps. Ability to analyze and link in partial autonomy. Exposure of discrete concepts and language.

25-29: preparation of good or very good level or even excellent preparation but with inaccuracies in the presentation that compromise the achievement of full marks. Ability to analyze and link independently. Exposure of concepts in the right succession and mastery of the language.

30-30L: full preparation, consolidated and without inaccuracies on the topics covered in the course. Ability to promptly frame the topic. Ability to analyze and connect independently. Concepts in the right succession and full command of the specific language.

Final Grades:

To pass the exam, students will need to reach at least the pass-mark (18/30) in all modules of the I.C. The student will be able to accept or decline the final grades. The grade obtained in a single module will last through the following exam session.

Teaching tools

Theoretical lessons will be conducted in a classroom with multimedia equipment, with the main use of slides in PowerPoint format. Students will be provided with an electronic version of the slides presented during the lessons.

Office hours

See the website of Bianca Maria Piraccini

See the website of Emi Dika