Surgery is still considered the most effective and definitive skin cancer treatment. The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery is ideal for acquiring and honing various surgical techniques. In a highly practical program, you will learn how to perform large elliptical excisions and different types of flaps and grafts which will allow you to manage more complex skin cancer cases in your practice.
This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.
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. The program includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you
The theory and practical sessions cover:
- Surgical anatomy and skin lines
- Large elliptical excisions
- Advanced suturing techniques
- Rotation flaps
- Advancement flaps
- Full-thickness grafts
- Dog ear repairs
- Wound care and various dressings
Course participants will:
- Observe experts performing skin cancer surgery techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
- Perform surgical techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
- Participate in online discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
- Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
- Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
- Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated skin cancer clinics
|8:00am - 8:30am||Registration|
|8:30am - 10:15am||Session 1||Theory, anatomy and principles of surgery|
|10:15am - 10:45am||Morning Tea|
|10:45am - 12:45pm||Session 2||Suturing and perfecting the ellipse plus local anaesthetic
Theory and practical
|12:45pm - 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm - 3:15pm||Session 3||Skin grafting and principles of flaps
Theory and practical
|3:15pm - 3:45pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:45pm - 5:00pm||Session 4||Rhomboidal flaps, a tissue conserving flap
Theory and practical
|7:45am - 8:00am||Arrival|
|8:00am - 10:00am||Session 5||Pivotal flaps
Theory and practical
|10:00am - 10.30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am - 12:30pm||Session 6||Advancement flaps
Theory and practical
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm - 2:45pm||Session 7||Wound care and managing complications|
|2:45pm - 3:00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||Session 8||Introduction to MOHS surgery
Case studies / Conclusion
Dr Tony Dicker
Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer) & Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer), The University of Queensland
17 - 18 February 2018
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
21 - 22 April 2018
Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre
23 - 24 June 2018
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
13 - 14 October 2018
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
10 - 11 November 2018
Perth Convention and Exhibition Center
1 - 2 December 2018
International Convention Centre Sydney
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 Skin Cancer Surgery is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for a minimum of 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes a professional requirement 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. The pass mark for online examinations is 80 percent.
HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).
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 weekend practical program 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-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
- CPD points (see below for details).
- Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery. The Sunday component of this course has been approved for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).
recognisedby 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.
- Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.
- Qualifies for a Skin Cancer Surgery Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
- Qualifies for a Skin Cancer Surgery Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.
Professional Diploma Pathway
This course is the first stage of the Professional Diploma pathway. The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.
Postgraduate Diploma in Minor Surgery studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3.
The Postgraduate Diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 40 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, doctors can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the Specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
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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