The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy 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 knowledge in the management of screening children, young
This course is the final 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.
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES
The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy has been designed to meet the needs of medical professionals who wish to acquire near-expert level skills in the use of dermoscopy. Participants will see a new dimension to their clinical practice as they are equipped with the knowledge to handle a broad spectrum of age groups, skin types and lesion types, enabling them to assess skin lesions with the utmost confidence. The course is suitable for general practitioners and degree-qualified nurses who work under their supervision, as well as for International Medical Graduates. 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
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to email@example.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 two to three weeks.
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
The Professional Diploma course will provide the participants with a range of knowledge including:
- Screening children
- Screening young adults
- Screening older patients
- Lesions in different skin types
nodularand pigmented/non-pigmented lesions
- Patients 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
- 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
Module 1: Screening children - Dr 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 - Dr 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 - A/Prof Caterina Longo
In the current module, you will learn how to manage elderly patients with pigmented and
Module 4: Lesions in Different Skin Types - A/Prof 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 and pigmented/non-pigmented lesions - Dr 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 - Prof 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 - Dr 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 - Dr 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.
Prof Harald Kittler
Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
A/Prof Caterina Longo
Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Associate Professor Caterina Longo is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Although providing the best care possible for patients remains her primary goal, she also committed to education and clinical research. She is actively involved in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical nevi, Spitz/Reed nevi and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Caterina’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as dermoscopy and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development. She pioneered the use of ex vivo fluorescence confocal microscopy for micrographic Mohs surgery applied for basal cell carcinoma and other visceral tumours. Caterina lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally.
A/Prof Iris Zalaudek
Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy
Associate Professor Iris Zalaudek is a board-certiﬁed dermatologist and Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy. Since 2016, she has been President of the International Dermoscopy Society, and was previously the Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Her main research ﬁelds are related to dermato-oncology and include non-invasive skin imaging techniques, as well as topical and systemic treatment of skin cancer. Moreover, she is engaged in the development of modern teaching methods such as online distant courses and tele-dermatologic services. She is Director of the Master of Science program entitled "Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology" of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Iris has published more than 450 articles, of which 358 (267 full papers) have been cited in PubMed. Her combined publications have received an impact factor of 1003 and a h-index value of 36 (by April 2017). In 2003 her work was awarded by the Hans-Weitgasser Price from the Styrian Association of Dermatologists and in 2008 she was awarded the Best Researcher of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Dr Aimilios Lallas
MD PhD MSc
Dermatologist-Venereologist, First Department Of Dermatology, Aristotle University, 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 Elvira Moscarella
Dermatologist, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy
COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
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.
COURSE DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT
This final stage of the Professional Diploma 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 two webinars scheduled half way through the course and prior to the exam period, offer the opportunity to join, ask questions 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 12 months from 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 units in a HealthCert professional diploma program. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by the opening of the final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions.
A clinical audit is a feature of this professional diploma. The audit will guide you to reflect on your patient management prior to and after increasing your knowledge and clinical management of patients with suspicious skin lesions. You will need to submit your own patient cases with images as part of the audit. The clinical audit is separately accredited.
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.
- Web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.
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.
- Complete a clinical audit (separately accredited) to demonstrate application of learning.
- 120 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
- 120 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
- Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do? Multiple choice images based on patient cases.
The pass mark for each exam 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 all requirements at your convenience within 12 months from the start of a cohort.
Certification and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy certificate and below points. To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.
- PDP units: 39 Educational activity, 16 Performance review
- MOPs points: 16
This certificate course:
- Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
- Provides PRPD 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 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, Italy, and a prolific author of scientific articles.
- Is recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented.
- Gives graduates 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.
PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA PATHWAY
It is recommended that this qualification be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship with the Skin Cancer Institute.
RPL with The University of Queensland
The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy is guaranteed for RPL for the unit IMED7003, part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine (Skin Cancer) which is the first step in the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland. There are no further requirements for this RPL, it is automatic and guaranteed and provides a saving on fees.
View The University of Queensland, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) program here.
Financial credit towards Master degree at University of Graz
Upon completion of the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy, graduates can continue their studies towards the Master of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventitive Dermato-Oncology at the Medical University of Graz at a significantly discounted rate. The program guides participants through three different education levels: Basic Dermoscopy, Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Master of Dermoscopy and Preventitive Dermato-Oncology. For more information, please click here or contact Andrea Hofmann at email@example.com.
HEALTHCERT CLINICAL ATTACHMENTS
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 knowledge. 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.