Surgery is still considered the most effective and definitive skin cancer treatment. With limited access to surgeons and year-long waiting lists at public hospitals, patients depend on skilled general practitioners who can offer an immediate solution to their concerns. This program is ideal for deepening and advancing your surgical competence and provides an essential step towards
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER SURGERY
The Professional Certificate course will extend your skills in performing large elliptical excisions, flaps and grafts. You will acquire advanced Skin Cancer Surgery skills for more complex skin cancer cases in a highly practical program.
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER SURGERY
Through the Advanced Certificate course, you will acquire and hone advanced Skin Cancer Surgery techniques on the anatomically complex and cosmetically sensitive areas of the head and neck.
PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA OF SKIN CANCER SURGERY
Through the Professional Diploma course, you will acquire and hone the most advanced Skin Cancer Surgery techniques on the anatomically complex and sensitive areas of nose and lower limb.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS and course requisites
This program is ideal for deepening and advancing your surgical competence and provides an essential step towards
- Participants of the Professional Certificate
ofSkin Cancer Surgery should have experience in minor surgical procedures.
- Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course or have similar qualifications.
- In order to qualify for the Professional Diploma, participants must complete both certificate courses in sequential order.
PROGRAM CONTENTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery
- Surgical anatomy and skin lines
- Local anaesthetic blocks
- Large elliptical excisions
- Advanced suturing techniques
- Rotation flaps
- Advancement flaps
- Dog ear repairs
- Wound care and various dressings
Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery
- Anatomy of head, neck, face and lower limbs
- Advancement flaps and rhomboid flaps on the face
- Rotational flaps
in closureof scalp, cheek and distal limb defects
- Full thickness and split thickness grafts on the face and lower limb defects
- Closure of ear defects with flaps, grafts and wedges
- Closure of upper lip and lateral nose defects with advancement, rhomboid and V-Y flaps
Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery
- Anatomy of nose, eyelids, lips and ears
- Reconstruction of alar and nasal tip defects of the nose and bilobed flap
- Reconstruction of lower eyelid defects
- Reconstruction of complex lip and ear defects
- Lower limb anatomy and surgical planning
- Perforator island flaps for the lower limb
Meet Your Instructors
Dr Tony Dicker
Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer), UQ School of Medicine
Course Co-ordinator Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)
Dr Anthony Azzi
Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) (UQ)
Dr Alister Lilleyman
Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) (UQ) FSCCA
Dr Victor Harling
MBBS (UQ), Diploma (SCCA)
Dates AND Locations
COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
Regular Tuition Fee
Different payment options available.
Early Bird Rate
Register 30 days in advance and save $200.
$845 x 4
Defer your payments over several months.
BUNDLE PRICING: If you would like to complete the full diploma program, please contact us to discuss available bundle pricing options.
GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $500.
COURSE DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT
The program is delivered face-to-face in a small group setting with experienced skin cancer surgeons and a team of surgical assistants. The two-day face-to-face courses feature highly practical sessions with supporting theory and focus on different anatomical areas. Participants are required to complete short pre-course activities and post-course online assessments.
What you get for your one-off investment:
- Online pre-course activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the program component).
- Two-day practical course, including catering.
- All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
- Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
- CPD points (see below for details).
CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
Upon successful completion of the exams, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and/or the Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.
Each course qualifies for:
- Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
- Is accredited by the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) and may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
- Qualifies for a clinical attachment in France at the University of Lyon
- Qualifies for a clinical attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna
- Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.
Professional Diploma Pathway
Membership of the Skin Cancer Institute is also recommended. This qualification may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
Publications Pathway: For HealthCert Professional Diploma Alumni
HealthCert Professional Diploma Alumni may submit their own cases for publication in the HealthCert Case Compendium that is published annually. All cases will be reviewed by HealthCert experts before publication. These compendium cases will also be published electronically on the HealthCert Blog. Submissions are welcome every year for publication. All selected authors names will be printed in the compendium and doctors may wish to purchase a copy of the HealthCert Case Compendium for their waiting room.
Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway
Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 or small group basis. These provide the opportunity to observe skin cancer surgery and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. In addition to clinical attachments in Australia, university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon and the University of Vienna are available for clinical attachments. HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.
The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices civils de Lyon" including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and second largest in France. Out of the 2630 faculty 700 are also medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals.
The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.
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