Practical Reviews in Dermatology

Stay current on the latest advances in Dermatology with our unbiased expert reviews from today's leading medical journals.

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Practical Reviews is just that—practical, expert reviews of the most relevant articles from leading medical journals in Dermatology.

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Our expert medical faculty conduct a comprehensive review of hundreds of articles from current leading medical journals so you don’t have to. Our knowledge leaders summarize the most relevant medical research for you to review at your convenience and add commentary with perspective for applying these findings in your own practice.

Connect to Practical Reviews in Dermatology and get:

  • 16 articles summarized in each issue, each with an expert audio review
  • Online quizzes and instant pass/fail notification
  • Instant access to our database of Dermatology journal reviews
  • 14 issues annually
  • Ability to earn up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

View our full list of Reviewers, Journals, Accreditation and Media Format information.

Did You Know?

Arjun S. Chanmugam, MD, FACEP, MBA, the Attending Emergency Physician with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, serves as the Medical Director for Practical Reviews.

Articles in each issue of Practical Reviews are selected, vetted and summarized by expert panelists who are some of the leading practitioners and instructors in their fields.

The free Practical Reviews app provides easy search capabilities across 125,000+ articles to aid you in your research needs.

Coordinating Editor

David L. Swanson, MD

  • Vice Chair of Medical Dermatology
  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Mayo Medical School
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Administrative Editor

Mary Sheu, MD

  • Medical Director
  • Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center at Green Spring Station
  • Associate Residency Director, Assistant Professor
  • Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology
  • Baltimore, MD


Bryan E. Anderson, MD

  • Professor of Dermatology
  • College of Medicine
  • Penn State University
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Hershey, PA

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

  • Vice Chair of Clinical Research
  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Director, Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research 
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • Denver, CO

Christine M. Cole, MD

  • Dermatologist/Dermatopathologist
  • Center for Dermatology Care
  • Thousand Oaks, CA

Abigail F. W. Donnelly, MD

  • Dermatologist
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Mountain View, CA

Daniel Eisen, MD

  • Professor of Clinical Dermatology
  • University of California Davis Medical Center
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Sacramento, CA

Joslyn S. Kirby, MD

  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Penn State Hershey, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Hershey, PA


Anna Levin, MD

  • Associate Consultant
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Scottsdale, AZ

James B. Macdonald, MD

  • Consultant Dermatologist
  • Director of Dermatopathology
  • Revere Health
  • Provo, UT

Aaron Mangold, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Daniel D. Miller, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Minneapolis, MN

Steven A. Nelson, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology
  • Mayo Clinic Medical School
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Nirav Patel, MD

  • Pediatric Dermatology Fellow
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
  • Rochester, MN

Amanda Pickert, MD, FAAD

  • Associate Physician
  • The Portland Clinic
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Acta Dermato-Venereologica
  • Advances in Skin & Wound Care
  • AMA Archives of Dermatology
  • AMA Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology
  • American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
  • American Journal of Contact Dermatitis
  • American Journal of Dermatopathology
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Archives of Dermatology
  • Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology
  • Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Arthritis Rheumatology
  • Australasian Journal of Dermatology
  • BMC Dermatology
  • British Journal of Dermatology
  • Cancer
  • Cartilage
  • Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
  • Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
  • Clinics in Dermatology
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatologica Sinica
  • Dermatologic Nursing
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatologic Therapy
  • Dermatology Research and Practice
  • Experimental Dermatology
  • Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
  • International Journal of Dermatology
  • JAMA Dermatology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
  • Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
  • Journal of Dermatological Science
  • Journal of Dermatological Science Supplement
  • Journal of Dermatological Treatment
  • Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology  
  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Symposium Proceedings
  • Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
  • The Lancet
  • Mayo Clinic Proceedings
  • Nano Communication Networks
  • Nature
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Skin Research & Technology

Statement of Need

CME is integrated into the process for improving professional practice with educational strategies implemented to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. Physicians are unable to consistently integrate new information into their practices because of the way new medical knowledge is structured and disseminated, and the time it takes to completely scan for new information. Practical Reviews publications select and translate peer-reviewed literature for practical use, therefore diminishing the barrier of time.

Intended Audience

Dermatologists and others interested in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic diseases and care of the normal skin.

Special Prerequisites for Participants

There are no prerequisites for participants.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appraise current and clinically useful information, then apply the most effective strategies and advances in the care of normal skin and in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic disease
  • Explain evidence of the safety and efficacy of certain procedures
  • Evaluate where controversy exists, appraise the evidence, and assess advantages and disadvantages of the methods in question
  • Integrate non-conventional principles and practices with conventional ones, selecting and employing the best of all available courses of treatment
  • Discuss the latest basic science findings and their potential impact on clinical problems

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Accreditation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Per Issue for Practical Reviews

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is also eligible for 4 credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association, provided it is completed in its entirety.

The Johns Hopkins University Practical Reviews in Dermatology (Program #524100) is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology for 4 AAD Recognized Credits and may be used toward the American Academy of Dermatology’s Continuing Medical Education Award.

Estimated time to complete each issue: 4 hours.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the instructional materials.

To obtain credit, the quiz must be completed online within 24 months of publication date. The participant must score a minimum of 70%.

Disclaimer Statement

The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine name implies review of educational format design and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

For release and expiration dates, please see the front matter material at the beginning of each issue.


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(Updated 4/09 and 3/14)


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