The Advanced Certificate
This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.
|Advanced Certificate of
Skin Cancer Medicine
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Entry Requirements and course requisites
The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine is suitable for medical professionals wishing to solidify and advance their competency in dermoscopy, surgical and non-surgical treatments. Participants can expect to gain hands-on experience in diathermy, curettage and cautery, advanced biopsy techniques and topical treatment options, equipping them with the practical knowledge to manage most skin cancers encountered in primary care and offering their skin cancer patients a wide range of treatment options. The course is suitable for medical doctors and International Medical Graduates. Participants must have completed the Professional Certificate
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
The course offers a solid foundation for various surgical techniques and provides an excellent introduction to advanced dermatoscopy. This program includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you practise the various surgical techniques.
The theory and practical sessions cover:
- Advanced dermoscopy
- Curettage and cautery
- Advanced biopsy techniques
- Topical treatment options
- Local anaesthetics
- Incisions / haemostasis
- Large elliptical excisions
- Lower leg grafts
- Suturing, including "paper-thin" skin
Course participants will:
- Receive all presentation slides available for download
- Observe experts performing clinical procedures techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
- Perform procedural techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
|8:15am - 8:45am||Registration|
|8:45am - 10:45am||Session 1||Suturing|
|10:45am - 11:15am||Morning Tea|
|11:15am - 12:15pm||Session 2||Local anaesthetics|
|12:15pm - 1:15pm||Lunch|
|1:15pm - 2:45pm||Session 3||Incision / Haemostasis|
|2:45pm - 3:15pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:15pm - 4:45pm||Session 4||Curettage / Cautery|
|7:45am - 8:00am||Registration|
|8:00am - 9:30am||Session 5||Ellipse planning|
|9:30am - 10:00am||Morning Tea|
|10:00am - 11:30am||Session 6||Chaos and clues|
|11:30am - 12:30pm||Lunch|
|12:30pm - 2:00pm||Session 7||The big three: BCC, SCC, Melanoma|
|2:00pm - 2:30pm||Afternoon Tea|
|2:30pm - 4:00pm||Session 8||Case management|
Getting the basics right, this session includes clinical videos and student practicals covering a variety of suture types, including:
In this session, students will break up into small groups and work around torso models marked with specific lesions. Students will work together to design the most appropriate ellipses to treat these lesions, using knowledge gained in earlier sessions and with reference to NHMRC guidelines. Groups will also learn to mark out major nerves at risk including the temporal and marginal branches of facial nerves, Erb's point, and common peroneal nerves using surface anatomy.
Students will learn how to mark out a lesion using a dermatoscope with appropriate margins for both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers. This session includes marking a standard ellipse and S-plasty, designing your ellipse for optimal scar results, working with ellipses around joints, and facial skin tension lines. We also cover tips for optimum wound apposition and undermining. The session includes video and clinical images of ellipses on a variety of anatomical areas.
Using a dermatoscope improves diagnostic accuracy for all types of skin malignancy, but only if the operator is trained. Chaos and Clues is a method designed for use in routine practice on multiple lesions without mathematical calculations.
We will go into detail on local anaesthetics with both theory and practical components. We will cover pharmacology, toxicity, buffering, needles, nerve blocks, injection techniques, and risk areas and specific sites for injection. We will demonstrate how to prepare buffered lignocaine, practice use of Luer Lock and Luer Slip syringes with injection and infiltration on pig skin, and demonstrate injection sites with clinical video clips. We will also cover surface anatomy of trigeminal nerve branches and blocking these nerves.
Topical treatments are becoming more and more effective for certain lesions. In this session, we look at what works and what doesn't. We will review Fluorouracil, Imiquimod and Ingenol Mebutate, and look at the indications, application, contraindications and tips for use. We will also cover field versus specific lesion treatment. Clinical case studies will make up a key part of this session.
In this practical hands-on session, we will be covering punch and shave biopsies and use clinical videos to demonstrate proper techniques. As part of the practicals, we will cover mono and bipolar cautery with hands-on practicals and video demonstrations for effective cautery. We will cover the fire risk of cautery with alcohol and the safety aspects of pacemakers and other implanted electrical devices. We will also extend the proper shave technique to the HALO graft including marking out, dressing and aftercare.
In this session, we look at the big three: BCC, SCC and melanoma. We look at the main types of BCC, their dermatoscopic features, margins, perineural invasion, radiotherapy treatment and other treatment modalities available. With SCC, we cover IEC differentiation, biopsy, aggressive and tame types, and the treatment modalities available. We also cover the various types of melanoma and look at margins, Breslow thickness, various biopsy methods, and when and what to refer.
Continuing from session 3, we will cover curettage and cautery with theory, clinical video and student practicals. We will look at appropriate sites, and discuss keloid and hypertrophic scar risks and appropriate lesions for this modality. Practicals for this session will be done on pig skin models. We will also cover dressings and aftercare for curettage and cautery, and cover the Medicare item numbers used. The cryotherapy segment will include safe handling of liquid nitrogen, clinical video, and consideration of appropriate sites for this modality.
In the final session, we summarise the learning outcomes with a series of case studies. Each case study includes clinical images from different locations and types of lesions. This session includes group discussion on the appropriate modality such as topical treatments, cautery, curettage, type of biopsy to be used, and excision.
Prof Cliff Rosendahl
Professor and Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Cliff Rosendahl currently works in Brisbane as a primary care practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer. He also has an interest in research as the clinical developer and Director of the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database (SCARD). His other main area of research has been in evaluating dermatoscopic clues and artificial intelligence for the diagnosis of skin malignancy in collaboration with colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
Prof Rosendahl has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored/co- authored two textbooks. He has a busy schedule presenting to GPs in Australia and to GPs and dermatologists internationally.
Dr Colin Armstrong
BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP
Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Redcliffe
Dr Colin Armstrong is a general practitioner and part-time clinical trials investigator at the Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane. He completed all HealthCert certificate courses and The University of Queensland Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) in 2011. Working primarily in skin cancer since 2010, Colin is passionate about building GPs’ confidence in their management of skin cancer and has an ongoing commitment to GP education in all facets of skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Hamilton Ayres
BA, BSc, BMBS, FRACGP
Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Monash
Dr Hamilton Ayres worked in Adelaide as a Plastic Surgery Registrar at Flinders, Repatriation General Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital where his main role was the management of trauma, hand injuries and difficult skin cancers. Hamilton has obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine, Dermatoscopy and Histopathology from HealthCert and The University of Queensland School of Medicine.
Due to the current COVID-19 related travel restrictions, certificate courses in skin cancer and aesthetic medicine scheduled to run on 19-20 September in Sydney will be available to NSW-based doctors only. We have made changes to the delivery format to allow for practical hands-on skills practice in small groups under expert supervision. Learn more
Certificate courses in skin cancer and aesthetic medicine scheduled to run on 21-22 November in Brisbane will currently proceed as planned with COVID-19 safety measures in place. If there is cause for postponement, full refunds, transfers or alternative learning opportunities will be available. Learn more
PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
Single Course price: you must be enrolled or have completed the prior course to purchase this course on it’s own
|*Early Bird rate valid for registrations 30 days prior to course date. GP registrars save $500.
Pathway Bundle Price
GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship and save $500 on face-to-face certificate courses (two-day practical workshops) and $300 on online and hybrid certificate courses (one-day practical workshop with supporting online theory). This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Early Bird special.
GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship.
*Two- and Three-Course Bundles including the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (online).
Course Delivery and Assessment
The Advanced Certificate
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.
- Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance and apply your knowledge.
- 104 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
- 13 per module
Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct? Yes/No
- 13 per module
- 104 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
- 13 per module
Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do? Multiple choice images based on patient cases.
- 13 per module
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.
What you get for your one-off investment:
- Online pre-course activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the course component).
- Two-day practical course including catering.
- All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
- Receive all presentation slides available for download.
- Additional online training in dermoscopy.
- 18 video-based lectures for reference and review for life.
- Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
- Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
Certification and ACCREDITATION
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will receive the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine certificate and below points. To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.
- PDP units: 8 Educational activity, 7 Performance review
- MOPs points: 2
- 2 days under the Surgery Rural Procedural Training Grant
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@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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
- Is recognised by the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) and may be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship.
- Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.
- Qualifies for a clinical attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
- Qualifies for a clinical attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.
- Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.
Professional Diploma Pathway
This course is the second stage of the Professional Diploma pathway. The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.
It is recommended that this qualification be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship with the Skin Cancer Institute.
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology 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 Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer
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 per cent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Exams will be held in Perth, Western Australia.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
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 treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. 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 Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.
The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices