COURSE OVERVIEW

The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy is the final course in the three-part HealthCert Certificate and Diploma program in Dermoscopy. The course has been designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who wish to acquire near-expert level in the use of dermoscopy. The course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge in the management of screening children, young adults and older patients, lesions in different skin types, different types of lesions, and patients with multiple moles. 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 third 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 DIPLOMA COURSE IS LIMITED TO 30 PLACES PER TRIMESTER 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

This course is for general practitioners and degree-qualified nurses who work under the supervision of a general practitioner. Participants must have successfully completed the HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy course(or a qualification deemed equivalent) and HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 50 cases of dermoscopy prior to enrolment. Equivalent alternatives include: practical experience, other qualifications or successful completion of the Advanced Certificate examination.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit@healthcert.com for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.

Graduates of the University of Queensland Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy and Histopathology who also successfully complete the examinations for the Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy are eligible to enrol directly in the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.

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 Diploma course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge.

  • Screening children
  • screening young adults
  • Screening older patients
  • Lesions in different skin types
  • Flat/nodular and pigmented/non-pigmented lesions
  • Patient with multiple moles
  • Use of Dermoscopy for NMSC
  • Rules not to miss a melanoma

Course participants will:

  • Utilise Interactive Atlas international dermoscopy program
  • Utilise 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: Screening children - Elvira Moscarella

In this module, you will learn to recognise the characteristic patterns of presentation of melanocytic lesions in children. You will learn to identify dermatoscopic clues to diagnose problematic lesions and the common evolution patterns of benign melanocytic lesions in children.

Module 2: Screening young adults - Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn the main diagnostic strategies that should be applied when screening individuals after puberty and until 50 years of age. These strategies are particularly useful when evaluating morphologically dubious lesions and they are based on characteristics of the lesion(s) and the overall context of each individual.

Module 3: Screening older patients - Caterina Longo

In the current module, you will learn how to manage elderly patients with pigmented and nonpigmented skin lesions including melanocytic and non-melanocytic neoplasms. Specific dermoscopic diagnostic clues will be highlighted in order to catch early melanomas while recognising the myriads of benign lesions.

Module 4: Lesions in Different Skin Types - Iris Zalaudek

In this module, you will learn how skin type influences the dermoscopic aspects of melanocytic and non-melanocytic skin tumours. Moreover, this module aims to provide clues for risk assessment of skin cancer and the frequency of different types of skin lesions in relation to differently sun-exposed areas. 

Module 5: Flat/nodular. Pigmented/non-pigmented - Elvira Moscarella

In this module, you will learn to the main dermoscopic clues to differentiate pigmented and non-pigmented variants of melanocytic and epithelial skin cancer. You will learn to identify common and uncommon dermatoscopic clues to diagnose nodular skin tumours.

Module 6: Patients with multiple moles - Harald Kittler

In this module, you will learn to manage patients with multiple moles. You will get familiar with the benefit and risks of sequential imaging with digital dermatoscopy and you will be able to identify clues to differentiate between growing nevi and melanoma.

Module 7: Dermoscopy for the management of NMSC - Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn how dermoscopy can be useful in the management of basal and squamous cell carcinoma. In addition to its unquestionable diagnostic value, dermoscopy provides valuable information that might significantly enhance the choice of the optimal treatment and the more accurate monitoring of treatment response.

Module 8: Rules not to miss melanoma - Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn important management rules that minimise the possibility of missing melanoma. These rules are not based only on dermoscopic morphology, but on a more general approach, integrating information from clinical and dermoscopic examination, patient's history and overall clinical context. 

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.
Dr Elvira Moscarella

Dr Elvira Moscarella

MD

Dermatologist

Arcispedale S.Maria Nuova, IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Dr Aimilios Lallas

Dr Aimilios Lallas

MD PhD MSc

Dermatologist-Venereologist

First Department of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

A/Prof Caterina Longo

A/Prof Caterina Longo

MD PhD

Scientific Coordinator

Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

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

IMPORTANT DATES

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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Trimester 1 | 2018

Application Deadline: 5 Jan 2018

Course Starts: 8 Jan 2018

Exams Open: 2 Apr 2018

Course Ends: 27 Apr 2018

SOLD OUT

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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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)

$3,030 

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$648 x 5 

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$4,845

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$4,305

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$652 x 7 

Different payments options available.

 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.  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

This final stage of the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy is designed as a fully online course that uses Moodle as the learning management system. There are eight units in a HealthCert diploma program. The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of teaching followed by 3 weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making.  There is a final webinar where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.         

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

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development.
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair.
  • Document with photographs 25 related cases including application of the knowledge
  • 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 all requirements at your convenience within six to nine months of the completion of 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, Italy. A prolific author of scientific articles.
  • Recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented. 
  • Recognised by the Medical University of Graz towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology, with credit.

Education PATHWAYS

Publications Pathway

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.

HealthCert Clinical Attachment

Course participants who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine may continue their professional development by completing a HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital to further develop professional skills. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment after completing the HealthCert dermoscopy qualifications and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.

International Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

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). 

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