General Patient Information Links

Canadian Skin Patient Alliance
A new national advocacy group for people with skin disorders. The goal of the Alliance is to raise awareness at Health Canada and provincial/territorial ministries of health about these diseases and their impact on Canadians.
Coalition of Skin Diseases
A voluntary coalition of patient advocacy groups addressing the needs and concerns of people whose lives are affected skin disease.
SkinCell International Forum for Skin Disorders
An international non-profit discussion forum for ALL skin complaints including Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea and many others. Open to sufferers, their family and friends.


Common Skin Condition Resources:

Canadian Skin Patient Alliance
A link committed to providing Canadian skin patients with the latest treatment information and options for the most common skin conditions and diseases.

A website run by WebMD. It is Nationally recognized, doctor-produced by a network of more than 70 U.S. board-certified physicians, is the trusted source for online health and medical information.

University of British Columbia produced site on common skin disorders


Skin Condition Societies

Skin Cancer
Canadian Dermatology Association



Atlas of Dermatology (interactive)
hosted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Atlas of Dermatology - DermAtlas
12474 dermatologic images collected and edited by Johns Hopkins dermatologists

Denver Dermatology Consultants - Medical Library
A very substantial dermatology reference with hundreds of alphabetical listings which can also be accessed by browsing conditions, medications, and procedures.

Dermatology Journal Watch: Medical Articles and Commentary
Perspectives from leading dermatologists on the latest in diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin, hair, and nails, offering clinical perspectives on key research and news.

Dermatology Laboratory Tests
Detailed information on specialized diagnostic laboratory tests.

Dermatology News
Current news releases and advances in dermatology, including study results, AAD presentations, FDA announcements, and more.

Dermatology Online with Interactive Technology
DOIT consists of three modules to instruct the basics of Dermatology using a problem-based learning approach: CyberLecture - a virtual lecture text and atlas, CyberTrainer - an interactive clinical training program, and CyberForum - a discussion platform with tutors. Free to all with registration.

DermIS is one of the largest dermatology information services available on the internet. It offers elaborate image atlases (DOIA and PeDOIA) complete with diagnoses and differential diagnoses, case reports and additional information on almost all skin diseases.

Derm Image Bank
DermNet New Zeland
Facts about skin from the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated

Dermoscopy Tutorial
This tutorial instructs physicians to recognize dermoscopic criteria, to diagnose pigmented lesions, and to calculate diagnostic algorithms by covering basic and advanced aspects of dermoscopy thus facilitating the management of patients with pigmented skin lesions.

The mission of this web site is to collect and disseminate the knowlege, science and experience of dermatology and dermatopathology. It is a wiki, a free user-editable repository of information and images open to the entire community of dermatopathologists, dermatologists and general pathologists interested in skin diseases.

DermQuest provides an extensive array of resources for dermatologists including 22,000 clinical images available to download for educational purposes, a clinical photosharing facility to share clinical images with colleagues, a video section with Dermatology experts interviewed on international congresses, expert opinion articles focusing on clinical practice, weekly news service, free access to prominent dermatological journals as British Journal of Dermatology.

Dermwiz is a searchable database of non-tumoral skin diseases. It provides a list of diseases that match criteria selected by the user from a vast menu covering clinical and pathological aspects of diseases. Since the database contains descriptions of nearly all diseases and variants, it will yield differential diagnoses containing both common and rare conditions.

DOJ - Dermatology Online Journal
Case reports from an open-access, refereed publication intended to meet reference and education needs of the international dermatology community since 1995. Dermatology Online Journal is supported by the Department of Dermatology UC Davis

Drug3k Online Drug Encyclopedia offers an excellent free online database for thousands of the most commonly prescribed drugs and includes links to detailed product monographs: Prescription Drug Information, Side Effects, Interactions, and pictures of Medications. Drug3k is a project of European Organisation of Family Health Research (EOFHR) - a non-profit research and education organization.

Drug Eruption Global Database
Drug eruptions are searchable by drug name, reaction pattern type, category, and interaction. Includes pertinent literature references. 10 day free trial, followed by a subscription. - Drug Information Portal
A comprehensive drug database organized by relevance to specific drugs. It provides a convenient, one-stop access to a wide range of information related to your drug of interest, including drug label & prescribing information (description, clinical pharmacology, side-effects, indications, warnings, etc.), published studies, current clinical trials, alerts and news.

eMedicine Dermatology Textbook
Extremely content-rich site with numerous chapter and articles, along with available CME courses for different conditions.

Provides a clinical drug database with about 2,800 drug monographs for the PDA. Each monograph includes information on pricing, adverse reactions, contraindications, pharmacokinetics as well as related drug monograph topics. The autoupdate function, which is engaged when the palm pilot is connected to the internet, provides information on new drugs, new indications, and recalls. Available as a free download and for purchase; purchased version has more features.

An interactive and engaging self-study learning environment. ow consisting of 5 lessons, the LearnDerm Tutorial covers the basic skin exam, lesion types, distribution and body location, configurations, and an introduction to disease variation. In addition, upon completion of the self-passed tests found in 2 of the lessons, students can print their scores as proof of completion for their instructors.

A dictionary of over 200,000 medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical & healthcare acronyms and abbreviations. Plus medical news and searches for the medical, pharmaceutical or healthcare professional.

Merck Manual Professional: Dermatology Disorders
An encyclopedic listing of dermatology disorders sorted by type, with descriptions of etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

National Center for Biotechnology Information Dermatology Database Search
Rich results from a dermatology search in the database simultaneously show results from PubMed, PubMed Central, online books, Nucleotide sequence database, Protein sequence database, and much more.

Occupational Skin Infections
A quick table of of a list of occupations, the high-risk job task involved, and the potential diseases and infections that can result.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
Online version of the definitive catalog of heritable diseases in man.

This is a database of most the published articles and books on dermatology, run by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. There are currently more than 17,400 dermatology focused and dermatology related publications listed, with title, author, and abstracts available, with articles linked to others of related interest. If full text is available online PubMed will link to it.

The Internet Drug Index enables advanced searching by keyword, side effect, interaction, name, pill id, imprint codes, NDC codes, and medical terminology, as well as maintaining a list of the top 150 most recent drug name searches and the top 300 prescriptions for 2005 by number of U.S. prescriptions dispenses.

SCORing Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD)
A clinical tool for assessing the severity of atopic dermatitis as objectively as possible. Includes a short course and also an online SCORAD calculator.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinical Slides
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides 9 PowerPoint presentations and graphics on the major STD's. Registration with the site is necessary to download the files.

Skinsight Skin Condition Finder
This online tool allows you to identify skin conditions in three easy steps - choose your age, the location of the condition, and then view photographic matches to determine your skin condition. Matches have several pages of additional information, including overview, who's at risk, symptoms, self-care, and treatments.

UBC DermWeb
UBC Dermatology Program Interanly developed and external Resource guide



Clinical Trials

Canadian specific information. Search by location

US government sponsored listing of all clinical trials (Derm and Non Derm)
Dermatology clinical trials currently occurring in the U.S.


Dermatology Societies

Professional organizations whose members consist of Licensed / Board Certified Dermatologists

Canadian Dermatology Association
American Academy of Dermatology
European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology
Canadian Dermatology Federation
International Society of Dermatology


Non - English / Global

Dermatologia Pediatrica (Spanish/Español)
This Spanish site based out of Venezuala has comprehensive information on pediatric dermatology in South America, including scientific articles, conferences, a dermatologist directory, online library, pediatric bulletins, patient support, and much more.

Global Dermatology
A comprehensive dermatology site operated by the National Skin Centre in Singapore. The site provides general information for patient education, professional resources for dermatologists, and an excellent page with international links to find a dermatologist in your area.