My undergraduate dermatology teaching resources

These resources were developed primarily for my students at Edinburgh Medical School in the University of Edinburgh. They contain links to my online textbooks, videos, copies of figures used in some of the videos, and notes on what I have said in the videos. There are lists of questions for many videos and book chapters too, and you can listen to the answers (and questions) on the the two SoundCloud playlists here and here

Video and audio is great, but text is fundamental, and more flexible for most purposes. All the videos are built on top of skincancer909 and ed.derm.101, although you may find it easier to watch the videos first.


Skincancer909: a textbook and atlas of skin cancer for medical students

My open access textbook of skin cancer is skincancer909. It was updated in January 2018. There is an online atlas to accompany it, and there are many videos embedded in the web pages. There are also video playlists for all the skincancer909 videos on YouTube.  At the end of most chapters, there is a list of questions, together with a short video explaining the correct answer to each question. Skincancer909 is fairly self-contained. The copyright terms for  skincancer909 and the online atlas  are the same and you can find them here.


ed.derm.101: a PDF textbook of dermatology with curated image links

ed.derm.101 deals with all the non-cancer bits of dermatology (‘rashes’). It comes in two parts.

  1. The first, is ed.derm.101: core concepts (V2.03) which deals with topics that are foundational for all of clinical dermatology. There is a set of videos that accompanies ed.derm.101: core concepts.
  2. The second part of ed.derm.101, is  ed.derm.101: core diseases (V2.09), which describes the core diseases that we expect you to know about. Much of the core diseases text will not make sense without study of the core concepts.

Although ed.derm.101 is a pair of PDFs, the text contains over 500 curated image links from across the web, and hypertext links to SoundCloud recordings and videos. More details about some of the video and audio Q&A are shown below.

We email Edinburgh students  less compressed  PDF versions of these texts shortly before they start their clinical attachment.


ed.derm.101: Video and Q & A with audio answers

Each of the core concept videos that accompanies the PDF ed.derm.101: core concepts can be found on my website.  To the right of these videos you will see a  PDF of questions and a PDF of the correct answers, that you can download. But you can also listen to an audio recording of the same material which allows me to be slightly more discursive. These audio tracks are embedded  on the same page as the videos, or you can visit and download this SoundCloud playlist.

The revision questions at the end of the ed.derm.101: core concepts PDF are also on this same playlist. All these core concept videos are also on a Vimeo playlist (but the Q&A are not there — they are just on my own website).

There are questions at the end of most chapters in  ed.derm.101: core diseases. Where there are audio answers or video answers to questions, links are provided in the text.  For some chapters the answers are also provided as simple videos here. The two relevant SoundCloud audio playlists are shown below, but you can still access the recordings on my site too. 

A video showing you around the site is below. And if you just scroll further, you can access all the material directly.

If there are typos or things that do not work, please let me know.

Jonathan Rees, Edinburgh Medical School, November 2018.


ed.derm.101: Core Concepts

The Core Concepts material is made up of the PDF of edderm101: core concepts and a series of Core Concept videos. The latest version of  edderm101: core concepts is linked to on this page (see above).

If you click on the ‘Watch Videos’ link below, you will find a series of videos that complement the PDF text edderm101: core concepts. I would suggest viewing the videos before reading the text.  The approach is unashamedly clinical — using disease examples to illuminate basic skin science, and vice versa.  All these audio Q&A tracks are available as a single SoundCloud playlist.

ed.derm.101: audio

Audio tracks  supporting ed.derm.101: Core Diseases are posted on this page. At the end of each chapter of ed.derm.101: core diseases there are questions. The audio tracks on this page consist of me answering these questions in a fairly discursive manner.

All these audio tracks are available as a single SoundCloud playlist, with the tracks available for download. Some of the audios are available in a simple video format with the audio answers spoken against the questions which are shown on screen.

ed.derm.101: video

Videos supporting ed.derm.101: core diseases are posted on this page.

There are an awful lot of dermatological entities, apart from the big 5 (psoriasis, eczema, acne, urticaria and skin cancer), as clinical dermatology has a long tail (‘long tail distribution’). This is one of the aspects of the subject, that many of us find so  enjoyable clinically.

Student focus should be on these common conditions, but we also expect you to know about rarer disorders, either because they are conceptually important, or because they are not to be missed because the consequences of misdiagnosis is serious. Examples of the latter would be pemphigus or toxic epidermal necrolysis.


This page will host a rag bag of videos that do not fit anywhere else. Over time, as I produce more videos, I will reorganise and perhaps open up more pages

Quizzes and assessment

There are online image quizzes (with answers!) in skincancer909 (direct link)

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the commonest cancer in many European populations. Referrals for skin cancer or for lesions that might be skin cancer run at over 50% of our new patients. The expansion and development of dermatological surgery also means that the workload in dermatology for cutaneous oncology has increased greatly. From a student’s perspective we suggest you should allocate 40% of your time to skin cancer, and 60% to rashes. Please see the top of the page for the link to an online atlas of skin cancer, and remember to look at skincancer909.

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