Course OVERVIEW 

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 completion doctors can directly progress to and will only need to pay for the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy course.

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 of Skin Cancer Medicine alumni should begin with the Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy course. 

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
  • Melanoma
  • 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

Course Outline

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 dermatoscopically scanned for asymmetry (chaos) and when chaos is noted, clues are carefully checked for. If chaos plus one or more clues are discovered an excisional biopsy is performed unless seborrhoeic keratosis can be confidently diagnosed.

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

In this module you will learn to describe and recognize melanocytic nevi.  The word ‘melanocytic’ means that they are made up of the cells (melanocytes) which produce the dark pigment (melanin) that gives the skin its colour. Melanocytes clustered together form naevi.  Learn more about the dermoscopy of melanocytic nevi in this module.

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 a symmetric distribution of structures, melanomas tend to display a disorganised pattern. In addition, most melanomas will also reveal at least one of 10 melanoma-specific structures. The patterns and structures encountered in melanoma will be elucidated in this module.   

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

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. Your instructors are pioneers in the field of dermoscopy and have developed the methods and approaches which have become the education standards in all dermoscopy training programs worldwide. By sharing their first-hand knowledge, they collectively deliver the most comprehensive dermoscopy training. Led by the renowned Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, the team includes highly sub-specialised skin cancer experts from Italy, Austria, Greece, USA, Japan, and Australia.
A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano

A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano

MD PhD

Associate Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy

A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl

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

Dr Iris Zalaudek

MD PhD

Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit, Division of Dermatology and Venerology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Prof Harald Kittler

Prof Harald Kittler

MD

Professor of Dermatology at Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Rainer Hofmann Wellenhof

Prof Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof

MD PhD

Professor of Dermatology, Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Head of Research Unit, Medical University of Graz, Austria

A/Prof Ashfaq A Marghoob

A/Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob

MD

Attending Physician, Dermatology Service,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Skin Cancer Center,
New York, USA

Prof Masuru Tanaka

Prof Masaru Tanaka

MD PhD

Professor of Dermatology, Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East, Japan

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Trimester 2 | 2017

Application Deadline: 5 May 2017

Course Starts: 8 May 2017

Exams Open: 31 Jul 2017

Course Ends: 25 Aug 2017

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Trimester 3 | 2017

Application Deadline: 1 Sep 2017

Course Starts: 4 Sep 2017

Exams Open: 27 Nov 2017

Course Ends: 22 Dec 2017

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COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

REGULAR TUITION FEE
EARLY BIRD RATE DEFERRED PAYMENT

Professional Certificate Only

$1,795

Professional Certificate Only

$1,595

Professional Certificate Only

$635 x 3

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$3,395

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$3,190 

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$720 x 5 

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$4,845

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$4,645

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$735 x 7 

Different payments options available.

 Register 30 days in advance and save $200.  Defer your payments over several months.

 

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.

COURSE DELIVERY

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 month web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

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. Participants are required to complete two online tests. Both assessments are of equal weight.

  • 88 Yes/No knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training. Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct?
  • 88 multiple-choice authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic. Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem …what should you do?

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.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the diploma pathway.  The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy, Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy, Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.

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 iris.zalaudek@medunigraz.at

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 

Thesis
Topic-Pool

*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. 

Recognised by Postgraduate RPL with Clinical Attachment with Clinical Attachment with
International Dermoscopy Society Medical University of Graz Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Lyon
       
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Skin Cancer Institute The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners