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 SoundCloud tracks provided.

Video and audio is great, but reading is fundamental, and more flexible for most things. All the videos are built on top of skincancer909 and ed.derm.101, although many 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 skincancer909 is here. It was updated in January 2018. There is an online atlas to accompany it (click here). There are also video playlists for all the skincancer909 videos on YouTube here.


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

My open access textbook ed.derm.101 is here in a PDF. Although a PDF, it has hyperlinks to over 500 curated images from across the web, and hypertext links to SoundCloud recordings and videos. You can of course download it. TEST FILE link


Q & A with audio

Both skincancer909 and ed.derm.101 have large numbers of questions at the end of many chapters. You can download PDFs of the questions and answers, but I also provide audio answers which allow me to be more discursive. There are links to these audio answers in the texts, but these are also gathered as two playlists on SoundCloud: 

I have had intermittent problems with some of the embedded SoundCloud tracks using Safari, but not Chrome or Firefox. If you cannot use Chrome of Firefox, you can click on the  ‘go to Soundcloud link’ which I have placed under some of the embedded tracks.   You can of course just  go to Soundcloud and search for ‘reestheskin’, then click on my ‘playlists’. Nobody else goes by that moniker, not even in the darkest Valleys. You can download the audio recordings too.

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

Jonathan Rees, Edinburgh Medical School, January 2018.


ed.derm.101: Core Concepts

The resources on this page cover most of the basic science that underpin dermatology. The material is designed to be accessible to year 1 students, and is essential for our clinical students in (new) year 5. The approach is unashamedly clinical — using disease examples to illuminate basic skin science, and vice versa. Do not be tempted to skip these videos because they are labelled ‘science‘: this content is fundamental to how we teach dermatology and how we test your knowledge in exams. Text supporting these videos is contained in ed.derm.101 and skincancer909 

ed.derm.101: Core Diseases

Material supporting the ed.derm.101: Core Diseases is posted on this page. This  include copies of any figures, videos and audios tracks of the answers at end of each chapter. The videos are a work in progress, but will be available for the next academic year.


There are an awful lot of dermatological entities, apart from the big 4 (psoriasis, eczema, acne, and skin cancer). Student focus should be on the common conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria and infections, but we also expect you to know about rarer disorders either because they are conceptually important or because, although they are rare, they are not to be missed. 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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