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Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy

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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 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.

COURSE CONTENTS

The Professional Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of knowledge including:

  • Three Point Checklist and The Elephant Method
  • The Chaos & Clues method
  • Benign non-melanocytic lesions
  • Malignant non-melanocytic lesions 
  • Melanocytic nevi
  • Facial lesions
  • Acral lesions
  • 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
  • Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1: The Three Point Checklist and The Elephant Method - Prof 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 - Prof 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 - A/Prof 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 - Prof 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 - Prof 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: Facial lesions - Prof 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 7: Acral lesions - Prof 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. 

Module 8: Melanoma - Prof 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.

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COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

UPFRONT PAYMENT

Single course

$1,795

Two-Course Bundle*

$3,410

Three-Course Bundle*

$4,840

*Special rates for upfront registrations for multiple courses within the same pathway.
DEFERRED PAYMENT

Single course 

$640 x 3 

Two-Course Bundle

$605 x 6

Three-Course Bundle

$645 x 8 

 Defer your payments over several months.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training receive a HealthCert Scholarship and save up to $350 on online certificate courses and up to $500 on certificate courses that include a practical workshop. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Early Bird special.

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.

Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob

MD

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

Prof Cliff Rosendahl

MBBS PhD

Professor and Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

Prof Giuseppe Argenziano

MD PhD

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

Prof Harald Kittler

MD

Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Masaru Tanaka

MD PhD

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

Prof Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof

MD

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

A/Prof Iris Zalaudek

MD PhD

Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy

COURSE DELIVERY

The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is designed as a fully online course. We offer a ‘start anytime online’ course structure, which gives flexible start and completion times for studies, as well as exam extensions, to fit in with busy schedules. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience. The webinars offer the opportunity to join and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within six months of the start of a cohort. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.

There are eight modules in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of online teaching (video lectures, case discussion boards, webinars) and three weeks of revision and examination.

The course includes: 

  • All presentation slides available for download.
  • 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 for you to pass the assessment and progress to the next course, you must complete the exams within the allocated period. Exam extensions are available on a case by case basis.

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.

Online assessment

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

The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. 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.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within six months of the start of a cohort.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy certificate and below points. 

RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points

ACRRM

      - PDP units: 32 Educational activity, 16 Performance review
     - MOPs points: 16

This certificate course:

  • Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Provides PDP points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses
    endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD(at)dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact mainprocredits(at)cfpc.ca for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is recognised by the Skin Cancer Institute and may be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship.
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and reviewed by, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples in Italy, and a prolific author in this field.
  • Is recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented.
  • Gives graduates of the three-part Professional Diploma program a significant financial credit towards the Master of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventitive Dermato-Oncology program at the Medical University of Graz.
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

Type
Delivery
Title
Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dermatology, Skin cancer detection/mole scan/total skin check, Skin Cancer and the MBS
Location
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
Duration
MAX 120 HRS
CPD Points
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
Price
1795.00
Location
Online
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Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES
The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is suitable for medical professionals who are interested in primary care dermoscopy for the management of skin conditions commonly seen in day-to-day general practice. With teachings from the world’s most influential dermoscopy experts, participants can expect to learn how to independently and competently diagnose many benign and malignant lesions, facial and acral lesions, and melanomas. The course is suitable for medical doctors and the degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision, other degree-qualified health professionals with an interest in skin, as well as for International Medical Graduates. There are no prerequisites for this course. Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
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.

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.
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