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Apps have changed the way we do just about everything from dating and ordering food to proving vaccination status and, of course, learning dermatology.

A group of researchers undertook a graded review of dermatology apps targeted to students and residents. For the review that appears in Cutis,1 they rated 36 apps on educational objectives, content accuracy, design, and conflicts of interest. Each app could earn up to four points in each category.

Here’s the scoop on some of the high scorers, all of which are free and available on the App store.

Clinical Decision Support Tools

Mohs Surgery Appropriate Use Criteria

Score: 16.5

Category: Skin cancer

This AAD app offers decision support on the appropriateness of Mohs surgery for 270 unique scenarios.


Score: 15.5

Category: Skin cancer

This app is designed to complement the publication of the SUNTRAC tool for predicting skin cancer in organ transplant recipients.


British Journal of Dermatology

Score: 17.5

Category: General dermatology

This app allows users to keep up with new research, download articles and issues, share articles with colleagues or students, and more.

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (JEADV)

Score: 17.5

Category: General dermatology

Users can browse the latest articles from JEADV, download articles and issues, and more.



Score: 20

Category: General dermatology

The AAD’s MyDermPath+ app features interactive algorithms for generating differential diagnoses using a clinicopathological approach.

Dermatology Database

Score: 19

Category: General dermatology

Also known as “The Dermatologist in Your Pocket,” this app was created for the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology and includes information on 300 dermatologic diseases, 45 drugs, and 17 diagnostic and cosmetic procedures, written in easy-to-understand language.


Rash Decisions

Score: 16

Category: General dermatology

This one should get bonus points for such a great name! Rash Decisions is an e-learning app that teaches dermatology via interactive quizzes—with immediate feedback.


Score: 14

Category: General dermatology

DiagnosUs uses your opinions on medical cases to create artificial intelligence algorithms, and you can win cash for playing.

Learning modules

Medical Student: Dermatology

Score: 14

Category: General dermatology

This app was created by the British Association of Dermatologists to make basic dermatology learning material more accessible to medical students and newly qualified doctors.

Dermatology by Dr. Manish Soni


Category: General dermatology

Dr. Soni teaches basic, clinical, and applied dermatology in a way that makes you fall in love with the subject matter and ace exams.



Score: 17

Category: General dermatology

Learn the terms used to describe the form and structure of the skin and work through real patient cases to put your dermatology terminology to the test with this app.

Dermatology Reviews

Score: 15.5

Category: General dermatology

Get ready for the boards with this app. It includes multiple-choice and flashcard style board review questions for dermatology, pediatric dermatology,

procedural dermatology, dermatopathology, plus more.

1. Hu E, et al. Mobile Apps for Professional Dermatology Education: An Objective Review. Cutis. 2020;106:321-325.

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