My undergraduate dermatology teaching resources

This and the following pages guide you through the resources I have developed primarily for students at the Edinburgh Medical School in the University of Edinburgh. They contain lots of short videos, copies of figures used in the videos and notes on what I have said (and more to the point, what I have not said). There are also lists of questions (for many videos) and you can listen to my answers and discussion of the questions on the SoundCloud tracks provided.

Video and sound is great, but text also works, and is better for many things. All of the material on these pages in built on top of:

ed.derm.101 in in three parts, labelled:

  • Part A: clinically relevant science.
  • Part B: major inflammatory disorders.
  • Part C: other inflammatory disorders.

Answers and audio discussion of the questions provided for ed.derm.101 are also on this site (see ed.derm.101 support) as SoundCloud tracks. Remember than although ed.derm.101 is in pdf form, it is designed to be read ‘online’ and contains click through links to >500 curated skin disease images.

There are three other texts we use:

  • Some brief notes on dermatological surgery
  • A brief guide to the nightmare that is dermatological terminology
  • A handbook to the clinical attachment: we email this to you before you start.

If any of above seems overwhelming I suggest you just explore the site, or alternatively you can watch a short video taking you through and around the site — scroll down this page and click on the Miscellaneous section and find ‘Miscellaneous Video 4’. Or just click here for a direct link 

Finally, you can follow our teaching on the twitter handle @eddermed, and also read through our  ‘questions our students ask’ site eddermfaq.

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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