The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is the first course in the three-part HealthCert Certificate and Diploma program in Dermoscopy. The certificate is designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who are interested in primary care dermoscopy and assumes no prior knowledge or specific training in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer in primary care. Participants will acquire a range of skills and knowledge in the management of benign and malignant non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in the practice, Melanocytic nevi, Melanoma, facial lesions and acral lesions. Recognised and developed by members of the International Dermoscopy Society, no other program brings together such a diverse and accomplished team of globally renowned dermatologists and dermoscopy experts from Italy, Austria, Greece, USA, Japan, and Australia.
This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy, Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy and Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.
THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE COURSE IS LIMITED TO 30 PLACES PER TRIMESTER
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES
This course is for General Practitioners and degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. There are no pre-requisites for this course.
Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
Doctors who have completed the UQ Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy and Histopathology or other formal dermoscopy training can receive academic credit towards the Professional Diploma (the final course in the three-part program) if they achieve a pass mark in the exams of the first two certificate courses Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy. Upon successful exam
NOTE: While the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course covers Dermoscopy, it does not qualify for recognition of prior learning in the Certificate and Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy program which quickly moves on to more advanced dermoscopy techniques, including the Chaos and Clues method and the assessment of lesions on the face and acral sites. Professional Certificate
Course Contents and Learning outcomes
The Professional Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge.
- Three-point checklist and the elephant method
- The chaos and clues method
- Benign non-melanocytic lesions
- Malignant non-melanocytic lesions
- Melanocytic nevi
- Facial lesions
- Acral lesions
Course participants will:
- Utilize Interactive Atlas international dermoscopy program
- Utilize YouDermoscopy application (app)
- Participate in webinars with experts and professional colleagues
- Observe professional clinic/patient interactions via video
- Evaluate dermoscopy cases in an online discussion board
Module 1: The 3 Point Checklist and the Elephant Approach - Giuseppe Argenziano
In this module, you will learn how to triage suspicious lesions using the 3-point checklist screening method and how to improve your diagnostic specificity using the elephant approach.
Module 2: The Chaos & Clues Method - Cliff Rosendahl
You will learn how to use Chaos and Clues, a decision algorithm, to detect pigmented skin malignancies of any type. Lesions are
Module 3: Benign non-melanocytic lesions - Iris Zalaudek
Benign non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in practice. In this module, you will learn the basic patterns of common benign non-melanocytic skin tumours. These include seborrheic keratosis, ink spot lentigo, hemangioma and dermatofibroma
Module 4: Malignant non-melanocytic lesions - Harald Kittler
In this module, you will learn to characterise common patterns of non-melanoma skin cancer. You will learn to identify dermatoscopic clues to diagnose pigmented and non-pigmented variants of actinic keratosis, intraepithelial carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Module 5: Melanocytic nevi - Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
Module 6: Melanoma - Ashfaq A. Marghoob
In this module, you will learn the dermoscopic features commonly seen in melanoma. While nevi tend to manifest an organised pattern displaying
Module 7: Facial lesions - Harald Kittler
In this module, you will learn to identify the basic patterns of pigmented lesions on the facial skin. You will be able to spot clues to differentiate between melanoma in situ, solar lentigo, lichen planus-like keratosis, and pigmented actinic keratosis.
Module 8: Acral lesions - Masaru Tanaka
In this module, you will learn basic variations for acral melanocytic lesions, including acral nevus and acral lentiginous melanoma. You also learn the reason for the parallel patterns as well as the reasons for the variations of acral nevus.
Meet Your Instructors
A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano
Associate Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl
MBBS PhD FSCCA
Associate Professor and Director MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Iris Zalaudek
Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit, Division of Dermatology and Venerology, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Prof Harald Kittler
Professor of Dermatology at Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Prof Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
Professor of Dermatology, Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Head of Research Unit, Medical University of Graz, Austria
A/Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob
Attending Physician, Dermatology Service,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Skin Cancer Center,
New York, USA
Prof Masaru Tanaka
Professor of Dermatology, Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East, Japan
Trimester 3 | 2017
Application Deadline: 1 Sep 2017
Course Starts: 4 Sep 2017
Exams Open: 27 Nov 2017
Course Ends: 22 Dec 2017
Trimester 1 | 2018
Application Deadline: 5 Jan 2018
Course Starts: 8 Jan 2018
Exams Open: 2 Apr 2018
Course Ends: 27 Apr 2018
Trimester 2 | 2018
Application Deadline: 4 May 2018
Course Starts: 7 May 2018
Exams Open: 30 Jul 2018
Course Ends: 24 Aug 2018
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$635 x 3
$648 x 5
$652 x 7
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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.
The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is designed as a fully online course. There are eight modules in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of online teaching (video lectures, case discussion boards, webinars) and 3 weeks of revision and examination.
The course includes:
- Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
- Access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures.
- Reading list with references to peer-reviewed journal articles to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
12 monthweb-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.
There is a 3 week exam period at the end of each trimester. In order for you to pass the assessment and progress to the next course, you must complete the assessment within this period. Exam extensions of up to six months are available on a case by case basis if required. In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
- Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
- There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.
Certification and Accreditation
The recommended study time commitment is 124 hours per course.
RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD Points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD Points
This certificate course:
- Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory
- Is accredited by The Skin Cancer Institute and may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
- Has been collaboratively designed with, and reviewed by, Associate Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples in Italy. A prolific author in this field.
- Recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented.
- Recognised by the Medical University of Graz as part one of the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy that provides credit towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology.
Professional Diploma Pathway
Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree
There is a postgraduate pathway from the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.
A postgraduate credit pathway exists with the Medical University of Graz towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology. This pathway provides credit of over 50 percent of a Master degree (ie 10 units out of 19). Please contact Associate Professor Iris Zalaudek at email@example.com
The Master program at the Medical University of Graz is a distance learning program delivered predominantly online. The program guides participants through three different education levels and consists of 19 teaching modules. The modules can be completed in 6 semesters but graduates have the possibility to take an early exit and receive an International Dermoscopy Diploma after 3 semesters or become certified as an Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology after 4 semesters.
HealthCert graduates will receive credit for modules 4 to 13. The three units required to obtain the International Dermoscopy Diploma from the University of Graz (Modules 1-3) can be obtained fully online.
Education Level 1: International Dermoscopy Diploma
Module 1: Epidemiology of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer
Module 2: Primary skin cancer prevention
Module 3: Secondary skin cancer prevention
Module 4: Introduction to Dermoscopy
Module 5: Dermoscopic criteria (overview) + histopathologic correlation
Module 6: Diagnostic relevance of patterns
Module 7: Diagnostic algorithms
Module 8: Dermoscopy in the daily routine
Module 9: Special issues
Module 10: Future aspects
Module 11: Dermoscopic-pathologic correlation
Module 12: Dermoscopy Atlas
Module 13: Consultation on the job
Education Level 2: Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology*
Module 14: Advanced Dermoscopy
Module 15: Update on recent research
Module 16: Rare skin tumours
Education Level 3: Masters of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology
*Requirements: 1) One week on-campus at the University of Graz, Austria. Completing the “International Short Course on Dermoscopy”. 2) Two weeks attendance at a Centre of Excellence which is located all over the world, including Australia.
Fees: HealthCert graduates will pay €1500 for modules 1-3. Modules 4 to 13 will be free of payment. For the Academic expert level and the Master level payment of €5000, each is necessary.
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