Presented by noted specialists, the Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy for Dermatology explores the applications of dermoscopy in diagnosing a range of skin and hair conditions commonly seen in primary care. The online certificate course enables medical practitioners to improve dermatological diagnoses in general practice, allowing you to better manage skin and hair presentations and improve patients' outcomes.
It is important that a general understanding of dermoscopy is incorporated into the basic practice of dermatology as part of the overall clinical examination, combined with macroscopic inspection, palpation, scratching and diascopy to reach an accurate diagnosis. Dermoscopy provides additional information that will help increase your diagnostic abilities.
The Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy for Dermatology is tailored for medical practitioners who wish to perform dermoscopy in primary care to improve diagnosis of commonly seen dermatological conditions.
This course is for general practitioners, degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists, and other degree-qualified health professionals with an interest in skin. The prerequisite for this Advanced Certificate course is the successful completion of the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology or the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy. HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 25 patient cases prior to enrolment.
The Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy for Dermatology may be taken as an alternative step after completing the beginner courses in the HealthCert General Dermatology or Dermoscopy pathways mentioned above, after you have gained some basic skills in one or both of those areas. You may elect to take this course because you do not wish to subspecialise in either pathway but want to complete further studies in the field. Or, you may elect to take this course in addition to the full General Dermatology and/or Dermoscopy pathway(s) to round out your knowledge.
Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.
The Advanced Certificate course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided. It covers the use of dermoscopy for diagnosing various dermatological conditions.
The sessions cover:
Course participants will:
Module 1: Principles of applying dermoscopy
This module focuses on the use of dermoscopy using these five parameters to guide diagnosis: vessels, scaling, follicular findings, other structures and specific clues. The module looks at the dermoscopy of papulosquamous skin diseases like psoriasis and dermatitis as well as common facial inflammatory skin diseases, including rosacea and discoid lupus erythematosus. It includes dermoscopic findings, pathologic correlation and treatment options. The important morphologic parameters on dermoscopy are evaluated. The module concludes with an explanation of how to diagnose hair and scalp diseases using trichoscopy and supported by illustrations and clinical examples of several hair and scalp skin conditions.
Module 2: Common inflammatory dermatoses of the face and trunk
This module looks at the main difference between dermoscopy of inflammatory dermatoses and dermoscopy of skin cancer. The benefits of inflammoscopy are explained and the five parameters to be evaluated (vessels, scaling, follicular findings, other structures and specific clues) are listed. Differentiation between common papulomatosquamous dermatosis is explained and examples of the different conditions are given. The two-step approach for inflammatory dermatoses is given - the collection of clinical data and setting of dermoscopic diagnosis and the incorporation of dermoscopic data. The module concludes with a number of patient cases taking into account the efficacy of the applied treatment by using dermoscopic and photographic examples of several skin conditions.
Module 3: Disorders of pigmentation, infiltrative dermatoses and uncommon skin diseases
This module commences with disorders of pigmentation showing an overview of hyperpigmented diseases and examples of these diseases including lichen pigmentosus, frictional melanosis and vitiligo. The differences between hypopigmented and hyperpigmented disorders are outlined. The module continues with diagnosis of granulomatous diseases including numerous clinical examples of diseases such as lupus vulgaris and acne agminate. The final section focusses on two categories of uncommon skin diseases: papulo-keratotic dermatoses and papulo-squamous dermatoses supported by clinical images of the characteristics of these diseases.
Module 4: Viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic Infections
This module focusses on the use of dermoscopy to analyse the clinical signs and symptoms for infectious skin diseases. It compares the use of dermatoscopy versus microscopy. Definite diagnosis is usually established by microscopy whereas dermatoscopy allows the "in vivo" recognition of the parasite and its eggs within the burrows and furrows. This module includes descriptions supported by clinical images of louse laying eggs on pubic hair, the scalp or more uncommonly the body. Detailed information is given regarding the use of dermatoscopy for the detection and management of viral and fungal infections of the skin.
Module 5: Basic principles of Trichoscopy
This module describes trichoscopy and evaluates the important morphologic parameters of trichoscopy. A comparison is made between dry trichoscopy and trichoscopy with immersion fluid. The appearance of different types of hair shafts and hair follicles are described. This includes criteria to assist with investigations and demonstrates the morphological changes to hair follicles and hair shafts that assist diagnosis of hair problems. Clinical images support module learning. The final section of the module looks at pathological findings including examples of hairpin elongated vessels, arborizing vessels, glomerular vessels and thick arborizing vessels.
Module 6: Trichoscopy of common alopecias
At the beginning of this module the different types of common alopecias are listed including first diagnostic steps. Alopecia areata in children is also featured. Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women and this condition is described as well as the major and minor trichoscopy criteria of female pattern hair loss. Clinical images are featured throughout the module. The module further discusses alopecias with examples of androgenetic alopecia including differential diagnosis. In conclusion the management of these conditions is discussed.
Module 7: Dermatoscopy of inflammatory and infectious diseases of the nails
This module explains the use of onychoscopy in clinical practice, including the how, where and why of this technique. The technique is discussed as well as management options for treating onycholysis. The diagnostic aspects and symptoms of common inflammatory and infectious disease affecting the nails are described.
The module concludes by outlining what cases of onychoscopy should be used routinely in the evaluation of a nail diseases and how to perform a dermoscopic observation of the nail. Extensive images and examples are provided of the applied treatment on the nails by using trichoscopy.
Module 8: Dermoscopy in people of colour
This module commences with outlining the major forms of melanin and relevance when using dermoscopy. Melanoma facts and a checklist for people with skin of colour are listed. The dermoscopic features of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are given and illustrated using dermoscopic images throughout to show the different classifications. Attention is also paid to inflammatory dermatoses and pigmentary disorders in people of colour and how to diagnose these conditions. This is supported by numerous clinical examples of different skin conditions. The module concludes with a focus on detecting melasma and ochronosis.
Prof Bianca Maria Piraccini
Associate Professor, Scientific Disciplinary Sector MED / 35, Skin and Venereal Diseases, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine – Division of Dermatology University of Bologna
Dr Aimilios Lallas
MD PhD MSc
Dermatologist-Venereologist, First Department of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr Aimilios Lallas is a Board-Certified Dermatologist-Venereologist. He is currently occupied at the First Department of Dermatology of the Faculty of Medicine of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Aimilios specialises in skin cancer diagnosis with non-invasive techniques, as well as in the management of skin cancer patients. He possesses a PhD diploma on skin cancer prevention.
Aimilios’ main fields of research interests are in the dermoscopy of skin tumours, the application of the method in general dermatology, and the improvement of the management of oncologic patients. He is co-author of approximately 190 scientific papers, editor of four books and author of several chapters on dermoscopy.
Aimilios is currently the General Secretary of the International Dermoscopy Society and the General Secretary of the 5th World Congress of Dermoscopy, which will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece on 14-16 June 2018.
Dr Zoe Apalla
Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece
Associate Professor Zoe Apalla, MD, PhD, was board certified in dermatology in 2008 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She was trained in Dermatopathology at the St John's Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 2010, and in Dermato-oncology at the Skin Cancer Unit of the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2011. She received her PhD degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2013.
A/Prof Apalla is an Associate Professor of Dermatology-Venereology, in the Second Dermatology Department of The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is in charge of the Inpatient Clinic, the Skin Cancer Outpatient Clinic, the Supportive Oncology Outpatient Clinic, and the Psoriasis Outpatient Clinic. Furthermore, she is responsible for the educational and training program of the Dermatology residents of the Department.
Her main research fields include skin oncology, skin imaging and inflammatory dermatoses. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals. She has participated as a principal investigator, as well as a sub-investigator in numerous clinical trials. She has participated as a co-author in many dermatology books published in English and Greek literature, and she has lectured at many international and national congresses and meetings. She has received the GCP certificate.
A/Prof Apalla is a co-founder and the general secretary of the Hellenic Dermoscopy Society and Section Editor of the “Dermatology Practical and Conceptual” Journal.
She is an elected Board member of the International Dermoscopy Society, a regular member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, a regular member of the European Association of Dermato-oncology, and several National and International Dermatologic Academies and Scientific Associations.
Dr Michela Starace
Treasurer of EHRS (European Hair Research Society)
Secretary of the ENS (European Nail Society)
Board Member of IDS (International Dermoscopy Society)
Founding member of International Nail Society
Section Editor of Hair and Nail of DPC (Dermatology Practical and Conceptual)
Dr Michela Starace is a dermatologist and trichologist at the Dermatologic Clinic of Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Italy since March 2012, and Head of Hair and Nail Consultation at the Dermatologic Clinic of Modena Hospital, University of Modena, Italy. She is an assistant in the degree course in Podology and in the degree course in Single Cycle degree / combined bachelor and Master in Medicine and Surgery (Infectious Diseases, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery). Dr Starace is mainly responsible for the Dermatologic Unit of the submission of all the studies to the local Ethic Committee and is responsible for organising the National Alopecia Areata Day in Italy.
Her major research activities include hair and nail biology, paediatric medicine, and mycology. She holds memberships of:
Dr Starace is the author of 100 papers published in international and Italian journals and 20 books chapters. She is also author of the book Le follicoliti superficiali del cuoio capelluto.
A/Prof Adriana Rakowska
Associate Professor Adriana Rakowska, MD, PhD, graduated from Bialystok Medical University, Poland in 2001. She is a Specialist in Dermatology and Venereology (2009), Doctor (PhD) in Medicine (2010), and Associate Professor at the Department of Dermatology Medical University of Warsaw (2018).
A/Prof Adriana Rakowska is the author of over 50 scientific journal articles, primarily on trichoscopy and hair and scalp disorders. Her most important achievement has been the development of trichoscopic criteria for female androgenic alopecia and trichotillomania. She is co-editor of the Atlas of Trichoscopy (Springer, 2012).
Senior Consultant Dermatologist and Venereologist
A/Prof Trilokraj Tejasvi
Trilokraj Tejasvi is an Assistant Professor, Director, Cutaneous Lymphoma Program, Director, Teledermatology services, Faculty Associate, GLOBAL REACH at Department of Dermatology, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He is also Chief of Dermatology Service for the Ann Arbor Veteran Health services.
A/Prof Tejasvi’s main research interest is teledermatology, technology, and imaging of skin, including dermoscopy, confocal microscopy. He has published 52 peer-reviewed journals and publications, including those in Nature Genetics, the Journal of Dermatology, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and the American Journal of Human Genetics. He is the current chair of the Teledermatology SIG, American Telemedicine Association, and vice-chair of the Teledermatology Taskforce, American Academy of Dermatology.
This is a fully online course. You can enjoy the flexibility to study at your own pace, in your own time, within your home or office, and on your favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that you are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at your 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 three months of the exam opening date. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, you can build critical skills and tailor your career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.
There are eight units in a HealthCert Advanced Certificate course. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. You will also receive valuable 12 months web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning. Upon course completion, HealthCert graduates may join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).
The course includes:
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes a professional requirement and two online examinations.
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 three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy for Dermatology certificate and below points. To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
- PDP units: 24 Educational activity, 27 Performance review
- MOPs points: 6
Certified clinical attachments pathway
Optional clinical attachments are available on a 1:1 or small group basis, providing the opportunity to observe dermatological treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. Clinical attachments are available in Australia and in university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon and the University of Vienna. HealthCert certificates and university statements are provided for participating in clinical attachments.
The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria. One of the top-level research institutions in Europe, it provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with its medical staff.
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.
Participation in research
HealthCert alumni have opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by leading experts in the field who teach at HealthCert. Past research projects include a study by Monika Janda on the use of teledermoscopy by GPs, the DermaChallenge project by Professor Harald Kittler and his team, and a research study by The University of Sydney exploring the management of patients with melanoma in primary care in Australia. Research projects and surveys are shared via the HealthCert blog which is available to HealthCert alumni.