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Multimedia Resources

Here are some links to help you use appropriate multimedia resources in your presentations, lectures, papers, or courseware:

When using multimedia it is important to understand how you can use these resources and comply with copyright / fair use standards. Here is some essential information about copyright:


Finding and Using Images (Photography)

It can be a challenge to find suitable images (specifically photos) for use in development of curricular content. Most people just use Google and then use the most appealing image but do not verify that the image is actually sharable; most images have some sort of copyright control on them, so if you just use an image without checking, you could be violating copyright.

General Images

Anatomy, Embryology, & Histology

When discussing histology slides, it’s imperative to pay attention to how you are describing things on the slides. Some people are colorblind and therefore are not sure what you are referring to when you point out something and use color to describe it. A better practice is to describe it by shape and location.


Historically, dermatological images in health professions education have been primarily caucasian to review dermatology subjects. This is a known issue and has been increasingly discussed in larger circles to determine how to increase the representation. Here is one article that talks about it:

We have access to a database called VisualDx. It is a diagnostic tool for creating a differential and more. Out of almost 50,000 images in the database, approximately 30% of them fall within types 4-6 on the Fitzpatrick scale. This scale measures color of skin from type 1 (lighter) to type 6 (darker). You can find this powerful database here: It also connects with Osmosis and UpToDate, which is helpful.

To be more inclusive, here is a short list of resources for more broad representation. If you know of a resource and want to add it, let us know.

  • EDUCAUSE. (2022). Inclusive language guide. Link. Note: this is updated regularly.
  • Elston, C. A., & Elston, D. M. (2019, March 20). Identifying lesions on skin color. Medscape. Link Note: you will need to create a free account with Medscape to access this article & images.
  • Ethnic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (by Ophelia E. Dadzie, Antoine Petit, and Andrew F. Alexis through UIC ProQuest Ebook Central)
  • Lawson, C. N., Hollinger, J., Sethi, S., Rodney, I., Sarkar, R., Dlova, N., & Callender, V. D. (2015). Updates in the understanding and treatments of skin & hair disorders in women of color. International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, 1(2), 59-75. Link
  • Love, P. B., & Kundu, R. V. (2016). Clinical cases in in skin color: Medical, oncological and hair disorders, and cosmetic dermatology. New York: Springer. Link  
  • Reddy, K. V., Lenzy, Y. M., Brown, K. L., & Gilchrest, B. A. Racial considerations: Skin of color. In L. A. Goldsmith, S. I. Katz, B. A. Gilchrest, A. S. Paller, D. J. Leffell, & K. Wolff (eds.), Fitzpatrick’s dermatology in general medicine (8th ed). Link
  • Vashi, N. A., & Maibach, H. I. (2017). Dermatoanthropology of ethnic skin and hair. New York: Springer. Link

Related to this list of resources, Dr. Sam Pope in Rockford suggests this type of language to be used when discussing race and dermatology:

It looks like this on dark skin tones (e.g., raised reddish brown to purple plaques) whereas it looks like this on lighter skin tones (e.g., raised pink to red plaques with erythematous flare surrounding it).

Helpful Online Resources for Teaching Specific Topics Heading link

There is a plethora of resources that other institutions have developed that we can use in our own courses. This is a list of some of those resources and will be added to as we learn about them.