Program Overview

Acquire more advanced skin cancer surgery skills for more complex skin cancer cases, including flaps and grafts, in a highly practical program held in a small group setting with experienced skin cancer doctors and surgical assistants.

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Delivered in partnership with The University of Queensland’s School of Medicine, a world's “Top 50” school of clinical medicine.


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YOUR LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides advanced training in skin cancer surgery and teaches various techniques allowing GPs to treat more complex cases in the primary care setting. 

As a result of this foundational training, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to tailor incisions to the patient, improving cosmetic outcomes and reducing scarring.
  • Describe surgical anatomy, skin lines and local anaesthetic blocks.
  • Identify dog ear repairs, wound care and various dressings.
  • Identify safe, advanced suture techniques needed to close excisions, including vertical mattress, horizontal mattress and deep suturing.
  • Explain how to perform rotation flaps and advancement flaps. 
  • Describe when to apply full thickness grafts.
  • Identify limitations in training and experience referring necessary patients to the appropriate specialist.

 

This course includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you practise the various surgical techniques. 

Practical activities in this workshop include:

  • Different types of suturing techniques
  • Elliptical excisions
  • Rotation flaps
  • Advancement flaps
  • Full thickness grafts

THIS TRAINING IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO...

  • gain confidence in removing skin cancers that require minor procedures rather than referring cases to another practitioner.
  • acquire and hone hands-on suturing and procedural techniques.
  • provide improved care in a regional or rural areas where your patients have no access to specialist help.
  • bill patients appropriately for all skin cancer cases.
  • upskill in a focused, outcome-driven training program that fits into your busy schedule.

Course Outline

1 Surgical foundations

1.1  Surgical anatomy and skin lines

1.2  Tailoring incisions to patient

1.3  Improving cosmetic outcomes and reducing scarring

1.4  Local anaesthetic blocks on face

1.5  Margins

2 Advanced skin suturing

2.1  Techniques of suturing 

2.2  Vertical mattress

2.3  Horizontal mattress

2.4  Deep suturing

3 Wound care and dressing selection

3.1  Proper use of modern dressings and wound healing

4 Pivotal flaps

4.1  Rotation flap theory

4.2  Rotation flap practical session

5 Advancement flaps

5.1  Advancement flap theory

5.2  Advancement flap practical

6 Full thickness skin grafting

6.1 Skin graft properties

6.2 Healing

6.3 Management

6.4 Donor sites

7 Dog ears repairs 8 Case studies  

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

This practical-based workshop is led by experienced skin cancer doctors and university lecturers Dr Tony Dicker and Jonny Levy. The course presenters are joined by a team of experienced GPs to assist in the delivery of outstanding learning outcomes.

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Dr Tony Dicker

MBBS, PhD

Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer), UQ School of Medicine

Course Co-ordinator Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

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Dr Jonny Levy

MBBS BSc FRACGP FARGP

Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer), UQ School of Medicine

 
 

FACE-TO-FACE COURSE 

The UQ certificate course is designed to meet the needs of busy medical practitioners by combining a 2-day practical workshop with online training and assessment:

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What you get for your one-off investment:

  • Online pre-workshop activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the workshop component).
  • Two-day weekend practical workshop including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training and assessment.
  • Post-workshop online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the workshop).
  • University of Queensland School of Medicine award upon successfully passing the assessment.
  • CPD points (see below for details).
  • Lifetime support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.

Face-to-face Course Dates and Locations

Brisbane
15 - 16 October 2016
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Perth
12 - 13 November 2016
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sydney
3 - 4 December 2016
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Melbourne
18 - 19 February 2017
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Adelaide
1 - 2 April 2017
Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gold Coast
17 - 18 June 2017
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COURSE INVESTMENT AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Our courses have been designed with affordability in mind. Course tuition options are as follows:

Option #1:
$2,995 – Save $200 if you register 30 days in advance. Normal price $3,195. 

Option #2: 
$845 per month – Pay over 4 months via credit card.

Note: GP registrars/doctors in training receive $500 off the regular course fee.

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • This course features an online assessment, including multiple choice questions.
  • The assessment is to be completed at your convenience within three months of the completion of the workshop.
  • The open book exams are designed in such a way that they do not have to be completed in one sitting, with the ability to log in and out as many times as you wish.

CPD POINTS

The Sunday component of this course has been approved for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).

RACGP: 40 Category 1 CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points + 30 PRPD Surgery points

UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CERTIFICATE

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will receive The University of Queensland School of Medicine Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Surgery.

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PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in practical skill development.

Specialisation in Skin Cancer Surgery

Course participants who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery (Primary Care) may continue their professional studies by completing the HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.

 

HealthCert Clinical Attachment

A HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital is also highly recommended to further develop professional skills. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment after completing the HealthCert Skin Cancer Surgery qualifications and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.

POSTGRADUATE PATHWAYS

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in academic research.

Masters of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at the University of Queensland

Course participants who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery (Primary Care) will be eligible to apply for credit for practical surgery requirement of the unit Advanced Therapeutics IMED7011 which is part of the Masters of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at the University of Queensland.

The University of Queensland has carefully reviewed the content of the above HealthCert course and informed us that credit will be awarded for the practical surgery requirement of IMED7011. Please contact Dr Tony Dicker.