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The Selection: Your Pocket to Success

The Selection: Your Pocket to Success

BOOK* By: Lama Al Tawil 

Residents, interns, and medical students come across numerous interesting and novel cases in their day to day bases at the Dermatology Clinics , where questions and fascinations develop. For that reason, we the Dermatology Student Club are pleased to provide you with a selection of easy go to Dermatology pocket books that may help in answering these questions.

I.Thieme’s Pocket Dermatology:*¹

CaptureThis pocket begins with a concise introduction that gives an overview of the anatomy and biology of the skin. It Guides you through more than 300 different color illustrated skin diseases. It Includes everything from the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach, differential diagnosis, and therapy , all of which are portrayed in diagrams, checklists, charts, and clinical tips for ease of use. Such features make this pocket a  must have for all dermatologists, residents, and trainees.

II.Dermatology Pocket Picture Book:*²

Derm pictureSince Dermatology is a visual specialty ,this pocket offers a broad scope of different diseases arranged according to ethnicity, site, and onset that are illustrated in wonderful pictures .It offers a great frame work for multiple diagnoses that are easily understood by the General Practitioner and the trainee.



III.Dermatologic Therapeutics: A Pocket Guide:*³

Derm TherapyA concentrated simple-to-use drug reference that paves the way for an easy approach to treat a multitude of dermatological diseases . The book is arranged alphabetically by generic names, and includes both topical and oral medications. It also provides trade name references , contraindications and adverse effects of more than 100 drugs.

That being listed , whether you are a resident stuck in a situation where you need to know the treatment or a scholar looking for an answer, this selection will serve as a quick reference that should assist you in that time of need.

*Medical Student
King Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia




  1. Sterry,A .(2006). Thieme’s Pocket Dermatology.(W Burgdorf and Paus.R,Eds.). Stuttgart:Thieme Publishing Group
  2. DuVivier,A.,(2002). Dermatology Pocket Picture Book Oxford:Blackwell Science Ltd
  3. Francisco A.K .(2005). Dermatologic Therapeutics: A Pocket Guide (T. Trent .J and Romanelli,P,Eds.). New York:McGraw-Hill Medical

Dermatology Mobile Applications

Dermatology Mobile Applications!


*By: Ghada Abdulaziz

Across specialties,mobile apps play an increasingly large role in providing reference material and educational aids.  A surge of mobile apps related to dermatology has allowed scores of smartphone users to track and diagnose a wide range of skin diseases based on visual examination. Mobile skin cancer screening has demonstrated diagnostic reliability and may become a practical substitution for in-person dermatological consultations. Additionally, chronic dermatological diseases, such as psoriasis, have the potential to be effectively managed remotely using a mobile app interface in the future.

Below is a review of some of the best mobile applications in Dermatology:

If you have a bothersome rash, you can now get screened at your   convenience by a board-certified dermatologist and get an opinion on what do next. Simply send a picture and a descriptionof your symptoms. Within hours you’ll have a response from a dermatologist directly on your phone.         

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It is a reference app thatcovers most skin diseases ,providing a resource for people newly-diagnosed with skin-related diseases.

This app uses advanced real-time computer vision technology to scan your moles using augmented reality to give you instant feedback oscreen568x568 (1)n Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Evolution(ABCDE). This   allows the user to easily take a photo of the desired target mole accurately with the correct lighting and distance. All the calculations are done on the phone so the results are instant and the data is safe    


iRash is a basic dermatology reference to over 40 common skin conditions, with basics of causation, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as arepresentative image. Rashes are organized both alphabetically and by descriptive category.

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This app is a reference tool for physicians that includes 1,300+ diagnoses (pediatric and adult conditions) and 29,000+ medical images to aid diagnosis and therapeutic decisions.  The VisualDx system allows physicians to search by diagnosis, build a patient-specific differential, or look up drug-induced adverse reactions by medication . VisualDx Mobile is the only professional medical app to show disease variation with multiple images of each disease.                                                             

  • Dermatology DDx                                                                                                      screen568x568 (10)                                   

This app delivers visual, point-of-care guidance for establishing the accurate diagnosis of skin disorders. It contains  600+ high-quality images presented with common variations in presentation, point-of-care guidance for 160+ dermatologic conditions, history and treatment within each entry and an appendix charting potencies of topical steroids.    

It is the world’s most popular dermatology atlas on your mobile device. It covers full range of conditions, from rashes, to skin lesions and disorders of the hair, nail, and mucosa. Thoroughly updated coverage of etiology, pathogenesis, management, and therapy.    

  • screen568x568 (22)Dermatology Assistant                                                                                                                                

This app is designed for physicians. It contains full information on such lines as: anatomy, physiology, embryology, diseases, oncology, congenital changes, ponymous, treatment, medication and surgery.  

Medical Student
King Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 


Dermatology Residency Programs!

Dermatology Residency Programs!

 Presented at “A Brief Look Into Dermatology” Event.Dr Abdullah AlHargan

Dr. Abdullah AlHargan,
Dermatology Resident,
Prince Sultan Military Medical City,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Dermatology Residency Program 

The Saudi Board of Dermatology was established in 1997 under the supervision and evaluation of Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

Duration of this program is 4 years. First year of training is devoted to basic training in specialties related to Dermatology (i.e. 6 months in Medicine, 3 months in Pediatrics, and 3 months as an elective) followed by 3 years of exclusive training in Dermatology and its specialties. 

Nature of Training: mainly an outpatient clinical training, however, it also involves inpatients, bedside teaching, grand rounds, lectures, seminar, and journal clubs. On-calls are one-week/month mainly a home on-call.

Training Centers: Saudi Dermatology program is considered a joint training program where residents get to rotate every 3 months between different governmental and university hospitals. 

Program Outlines: These include; Basic science of the skin, Pharmacology of topical and systemic medications, Dermatological procedures, Dermato-pathology, Dermatological surgery, Photo-therapy, Laser, and Evidence based medicine. 


1. Promotion exam (August); at the end of each residency year.
2. Board exams; Part one (July) covering basic and clinical science, Part two (October) involves both written and oral exams to assess clinical knowledge and skills.

Program Requirements: In order to be eligible for this program you’ll need: A bachelor degree in Medicine, Completion of internship, Saudi Medical Selection Exam, Curriculum Vitae, Letters of recommendations, and a Personal Statement. 

Application Process:  please beware that starting 2015 the application process through the Saudi Commission for health specialties has changed! We will be updating this post soon after the application process for the upcoming year is officially updated and fixed. 

How to be an Impressive Candidate? In addition to scoring well on SLE and maintaining a good GPA, you can also engage yourself in: Volunteer work (ex. awareness campaigns, student-led projects, community services, etc…), Research in all its types preferably in the field of Dermatology (but not necessarily!), Attending conferences and presentations, Taking electives at well-known excellent centers.

International Dermatology Residency Programs (a general view) 

University hospitals, King Abdullah Scholarship program, and Ministry of Health offer scholarships for graduates who are interested in pursuing their training abroad.

French Dermatology Residency Program

Diploma Studies of Dermatology (DES); is a 4 years program covering both theoretical training in the form of lectures (250 hours) and practical training (8 rotations, each is 6 months), in addition to thesis submission and presentation during the last year of residency. Language requirements include: French (B2 level:upper intermediate) a 1 year course. An online-application process which opens January of each year. There are three seats in Dermatology offered as positions every year. A statement letter is required for the application.

Canadian Dermatology Residency Program

The Canadian Dermatology residency program is a 5 years program. MCCEE and TOEFL must be obtained in order to be eligible. The Saudi Arabian cultural bureau at Canada (under MOHE) have an agreement with 13 institutions. However, positions vary each year.

American Dermatology Residency Program

The American Dermatology residency program is a 4 years program. USMLE Step 1, step 2, and TOEFL are needed to be eligible. The Saudi Arabian cultural mission to the U.S has an agreement with 24 institutions. Positions vary each year. 

German Dermatology Residency Program

The Dermatology training program in Germany is a 5 years program. An 8 months course of German language is required. Approbation (temporary license exam) is conducted in the form of an oral exam after completing 2 years. Positions vary each year.

For more information, please visit the following links:

1. Saudi Dermatology residency program
2. French Dermatology residency program
3. Canadian Dermatology residency program
4. American Dermatology residency program
5. German Dermatology residency program