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DERMATOLOGY: A Handbook for Medical Students and Junior Doctors (3rd Edition)

The Undergraduate Workstream are pleased to announce the 3rd edition (2020) of the handbook available in electronic copy, and printed copy upon request.

Foreword to 3rd Edition by Dr Tanya Bleiker, President and Professor Mini Singh, Chair of Undergraduate Work Stream, British Association of Dermatologists:

Past BAD President Dr Mark Goodfield wrote in the first edition:

‘There is a real need for appropriate information about dermatological diseases to meet the educational needs of doctors at all levels.’

This holds true even more today than in 2009 with the exponential use of social media as an information sourced by patients and clinicians alike. Since its first publication, this book has been the go to resource for accurate knowledge in common and urgent dermatological problems. Its essential role in supporting their workplace learning is highlighted by the 8,843 downloads and 50,000 requests for hard copies from individual students and medical schools throughout the UK. Starting with scientific and epidemiological facts, moving through clinical features and management, medical students are given a structure that enables them to organise learning effectively. The content remains focused on learning at the undergraduate stage of the medical education spectrum: a vital foundation for postgraduate training in dermatology.  

The UK population has become increasingly diverse over the last few decades, it is therefore necessary to update the handbook to highlight tips for assessment, variation in presentation in common and important skin conditions (e.g. common pigmentary disorders) that reflect the spectrum of cutaneous diversity junior clinicians will encounter in their practice. This, in combination, with other BAD resources under current development will ensure that medical students continue to learn from the highest quality education in dermatology to the benefit of our patients.

Medical Schools wishing to place an order

Handbooks can only be delivered to addresses within the UK. We are no longer able to post to the Republic of Ireland.

To place an order, please contact providing the following details:

  • Subject of the email: Dermatology Handbooks
  • Number of copies
  • Contact Name
  • Organisation 
  • Full postal address including postcode
  • Telephone number

Please ensure the delivery address is correct and someone is available to accept your delivery. Handbooks returned as undeliverable will not be resent.

Bulk orders (30+) will be sent out on a limited weekly basis. Please submit your order by Friday noon for Tuesday delivery (excluding bank and public holidays).

The handbook service is currently suspended for individual single orders and orders under 30. Please check here for updates when service will fully resume.

Dermatology Medical Student App

A free learning tool for medical students and junior doctors is now available to download from the App Store and Google Play

Dermatology in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum

The core curriculum is set out as learning outcomes with suggestions for how these might be learnt, taught and assessed. This curriculum (based on the results of a Delphi study) sets out the minimum that we believe should be achieved by all UK medical undergraduates. It can be downloaded as a PDF file. Some more learning outcomes, identified as important but not absolutely essential in this study, are listed in a second document. You might wish to add some of these to your basic core. 
The other documents on the site can be downloaded and adapted to suit your needs. They include learning resources (logbooks), teaching resources, assessment tools (OSCE stations) and course evaluations. If you have material that has been evaluated positively by students that you would like to share with other teachers, please submit it to the Education Board Administrator Louisa Coulthurst:  
Introduction to the Dermatology in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum 
Please see BAD 2016 revised UG Curriculum for information on curriculum design, learning and teaching assessments and course evaluation.


  • Learning Outcomes for additional Learning Outcomes that might supplement your core curriculum (if time and resources permit) or be included in student selected components of your course.

Teaching Resources

E-Learning Resources

E-Learning resources for Medical Students:

DOIT is a FREE interactive, systematic and case-oriented, multilingual online e-learning platform for medical students. It is provided and sponsored by the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and the DOIT-Association. Undergraduate Dermatology Teaching Leads across the UK are encouraged to register their university to create an account and disseminate login details to their students.

For more details, please visit:


e-dermatology is an online learning resource which focuses on the diagnosis and management of common dermatological disorders. Although, the resource is designed for dermatology trainees, the sessions are wide-ranging and vary in complexity. e-dermatology is thus also available, free of charge, to all clinicians working in the NHS and all members of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) in the UK.

Relevant Modules

The BAD undergraduate workstream have identified the following as most relevant modules for undergraduates bearing in mind content is aimed at Specialist Trainees.

Regional Variations of Psoriasis 02_05
Exacerbating Factors in Atopic Eczema 03_03 
Emollient Therapy in Atopic Dermatitis 03_05
Topical Steroids and Calcineurin Inhibitors 03_06
Seborrhoeic dermatitis 04_01
Venous eczema 04_02
Discoid eczema 04_03
Pompholyx 04_04
Asteatotic eczema 04_05
Acne 10_09
Dermatitis in leg ulcer patient 14_10
Using Genetic Family Histories in Dermatological Practice 16_03
Staphylococcal Related Skin Disorders 21_02
Actinic Keratosis and Bowen's Disease 22_07
Clinical Variants of Melanoma 23_02
Basal Cell Carcinoma 24_02
Squamous Cell Carcinoma 24_06

Leg Ulcers 27_01

Assessment Tools

Course Evaluation

Resources For Career Events

These PDFs (POSTER 1 and POSTER 2) are provided to be printed as either posters or leaflets for career events at your local institution.






Dermatology Handbook for Registrars

This handbook draws from the one day course the ‘Survival Guide for new trainees’ to bridge the gap between leaving general medicine and entering dermatology. This handbook has been expertly put together to provide useful information, top tips and quick references that will support trainees through the first few months. 

The Dermatology Handbook for Registrars is avaliable here






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