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. There are lists of questions for many videos and books, and you can listen to the answers (and questions) on the SoundCloud tracks provided.

Video and sound is great, but text also works — sometimes a lot better. All the videos are built on top of skincancer909 and ed.derm.101, although many may find it easier to watch the videos first.

My open access textbook of skin cancer skincancer909 is here. It has been updated in July 2017, and this version is functional, but still is in ‘beta’.There is an online atlas to accompany it (see link at top of this page) or click here.

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 links to SoundCloud recordings.

Answers to all the questions can be found on SoundCloud under two playlists:

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 place 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 except no doubt in deepest Cymru. You can download the audio recordings — even in Safari.

Jonathan Rees, Edinburgh Medical School, July 2017.


Basic 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. Knowledge of the science is not optional, but is integral to your clinical exam in year 5.

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


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

The intention is to place some simple online videos and quizzes with answers on this page. It will take awhile to put the material together

ed.derm.101 support

Material supporting the Open Access ed.derm.101 textbook is posted here.

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