Dermatology Resources


After I graduated, I went straight into working in dermatology.  During didactic year in school, we got about 2 weeks of derm, and it makes up a whopping 5% of the PANCE.  Those 2 weeks and some dermatology shadowing I did before were enough to spark my interest in the field, but not quite enough to make me feel confident enough to know what I really needed to.  I was extremely lucky to have a great supervising physician and I was able to do my 2 elective rotations in dermatology, so that was helpful, but even after being at my job for almost a year, I still find myself looking up information multiple times daily!  Today, I'm going to share with you some resources I found helpful while in school and what I currently use in practice!

In school:

  • AAD Basic Dermatology Curriculum - The American Academy of Dermatology has a specific curriculum for medical education, and it's awesome.  The lessons are thorough and a great overview of some basic dermatology topics that are likely to come up both on boards and rotations.  They don't take a ton of time, and I think are definitely worth taking a look at.
  • Dermatology Secrets Plus - This is a small, simple book that is filled with pictures, which are so helpful in dermatology.  I used this book during didactic year, and I still refer to it occasionally in practice as a quick reference.  Not the best book if you are looking for every detail on a subject, but more of a quick overview w/ pics.

In practice:

  • UpToDate -  I recommend UpToDate for any specialty really!  Like the title says, it has the most current information and is updated regularly.  One of my favorite features is print outs for patients!  These are so helpful, and the majority of the time there is one for what I'm looking for.  The drug information is also very specific and always provides exactly what I'm looking for, including dosage and how the medication is supplied.
  • VisualDx - This is a resource that I use on a daily basis.  I pull it up on the computer as soon as I get to work to have it ready to go!  You can lok up multiple dermatologic subjects and there is a huge photo library with great examples, and it provides all the info you need to know, including pearls, diagnosis methods, differentials, and treatment.  There's a really nice accompanying app as well!
  • Habif's Clinical Dermatology - This is the first actual textbook I got for derm when I started working, and I have used it a bunch!  For a textbook, this one is very easy to read.
  • Practical Dermatology- Practical Dermatology is my favorite journal for getting all of the up and coming derm news.  It's very easy to read and the topics tend to be more common things that I actually want to read and learn about.

I hope that some of these are helpful to you, and please comment with any other resources you love to use!