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Name: Dermatology: Medical Student Edition
Publisher: British Association of Dermatologists
Devices: Available on Android (version 2.2+) and Apple devices
Other requirements: Requires 10MB of memory.
Tested on: Lenovo P2
Available from: Google Play and the App Store, although the iOS version is currently being re-coded.
For: Anyone who wants to prepare for their YSKTs, OSCEs, or simply to explore dermatology.
- Main Pros: Simple language, lots of pictures and a wide range of topics.
- Main Cons: There could be more practice questions with varied pictures.
Type of Information: Handy guides to clinical examinations, dermatology concepts, and different conditions. Exam preparation help with practice questions including how to describe lesions.
One of the most difficult points of dermatology is differentiating rashes and learning how to describe them. This app helps practice just that!
The dermatology app includes sections for learning and for examination preparation.
The learning section includes:
- Basic concepts: Anatomy and physiology.
- Essential clinical skills: How to take a dermatology history, how to do an OSCE style examination, and how to describe any lesions you might find.
- Practical skills: Patient education, written communication, prescribing skills, and clinical examination/investigations.
- Disease profiles: Emergencies, infections, cancers, common problems.
- Management: Topical and oral.
The exam section includes:
- Case scenarios
- Picture quizzes
- 113 randomized questions
This free app is very useful because of how simple and clear it is. Its folders are easy to navigate and ordered logically. The descriptions are relatively free of medical jargon, and any more difficult terms are accompanied by very indicative pictures. These pictures are used again in the practice questions. The rehearsal is helpful in making associations and has made even practice questions on other apps easier. The British Association of Dermatologists designed this app for both medical students and junior doctors, and we can definitely see ourselves using it as a refresher on clinics or on the wards in our foundation years.
Thanks again to Michelle Warncke for writing this review. Please note, all app reviews on this blog are subject to St George’s Library mobile resources disclaimer. Please take the time to read it carefully.