The Dermatology Mnemonics Database was presented at the Association of Professors of Dermatology and the Dermatology Teachers Exchange Group meeting on March 6, 2006. This meeting took place in San Francisco, CA coinciding with the 64th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Title: Dermatology Mnemonics Database: An educational tool for students, residents, and physicians.

Authors: Matthew A. Molenda1, Ashish C. Bhatia2, Robert T. Brodell1
1. Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH; 2. Derm.MD, The Derm Education Foundation, and Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Abstract: The art of medicine, and dermatology in particular, requires memorization of facts, lists, formulas, differential diagnoses, etc. Mnemonics are memory devices that are useful in medicine and other fields to facilitate the recall of large amounts of information. Since dermatology frequently requires keeping broad, often un-related, differential diagnoses in mind, mnemonics can play a particularly important role in aiding the memories of students, residents and physicians. In addition, mnemonics can be useful for patient education. For example, the mnemonic "ABCDE's of Melanoma" (Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Elevation/Evolution) has been widely used and disseminated. Mnemonics such as this provide patients who lack a medical background a means to remember important, life saving information.

In an effort to create a "one-stop source" for accessing and adding dermatology mnemonics, the Dermatology Mnemonics Database (www.DermMnemonics.org) was created. This database is displayed in website format to allow public access. The website permits users to search for mnemonics related to a dermatology topic of interest, contribute their own mnemonics, quiz their mnemonics knowledge, and rate the mnemonics in the database based on their clinical utility. Since the database accepts public submissions, the rating system is of particular importance because it allows the less useful/incorrect mnemonics to be filtered out in the future. For those who desire to access the website with their handheld device (Palm/PocketPC), a mobile/text-only version is available at http://mobile.DermMnemonics.org .