Advanced Dermatology for General Practice (SC203)
The Advanced Dermatology for General Practice (SC203) is an interactive online course which equips participants with specific competency in the diagnosis and management of complex dermatological conditions.
About the Program
The Advanced Dermatology for General Practice (SC203) is an interactive online course, suitable for GPs, GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, IMGs, dermal clinicians, and practice nurses with dermatological experience. Course participants are equipped with specific competency in the diagnosis and management of complex dermatological conditions.
This course is pending accreditation for RACGP 40 Category 2 QI and CPD points and ACRRM 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points.
The Advanced Dermatology for General Practice course is delivered entirely online making it more amenable to the schedule of busy clinicians. Course delivery is facilitated via the IME's interactive online learning platform.
Participants must complete 10 interactive online modules. Each module focuses on a self-contained concept pertinent to the learning objectives of the course. Each module also includes embedded video to better articulate the key principles. After completion of the modules, participants may elect to revise the modules and supplementary resources prior to completing the course exit exam. In order to be awarded certification and CPD points, participants must complete a short professional submission and online examination requiring clinical application of learned principles. Participants must clear the pass hurdle set by the academic faculty (using the Hofstee method).
Participants in the Advanced Dermatology for General Practice course will develop the following advanced competencies:
- Comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of erythematous skin disorders including erythema multiforme, erythroderma, lichen planus, lichen sclerosis, and pityriasis rosea
- Detailed understanding of the approach to management of emergency dermatological conditions such as erythroderma, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, meningococcal septicaemia, and necrotising fasciitis
- Understanding of the classification of burns, physiological response to burns, management principles including first-aid, fluid management, dressings, and complications
- Understanding of various forms of bullous skin disease including the common and serious causes, and general approach to management
- Insight into the common disorders of skin pigment including those presenting with hypo/hyper pigmentation and other light-related skin disease
- Understanding of the psoriatic disease entity, patterns of disease, and general management principles
- Ability to diagnose and locally manage ulcerative skin disease with a vascular aetiology
- Diagnose and understand the basic management principles of other vascular disorders affecting the skin such as vasculitides, Behcet’s disease, and pyoderma gangrenosum
- Understanding of the dermatological presentations of connective tissue disorders such as lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and scleroderma
- Recognition of other common manifestations of system disease involving the major bodily systems especially the endocrine (thyroid and adrenal), rheumatological, and haematological systems
- Basic insight into the the inherited dermatoses including the ichthyoses, Ehler’s Danlos syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, and Peutz-Jegher’s syndrome
Erythematous and other skin disorders
||Review of the dermatological disease entities erythema multiforme, erythroderma, lichen planus, lichen sclerosis, and pityriasis rosea with special focus on diagnosis and management.|
|Module 2||Emergency dermatology||High-yield serious dermatological conditions including angioedema/anaphylaxis, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythroderma, meningococcal septicaemia, necrotising fasciitis, and disseminated herpes simplex/eczema herpeticum.|
Review of the types of burns, local and systemic physiological response to burns, management of burns, burn dressings, and complications.
|Module 4||Bullous disease of the skin||Overview of the family of bullous diseases including the causes including physical causes, infections, drugs, congential, and acquired causes of bullous dermatological disease.|
|Module 5||Disorders of pigment||Overview of conditions that cause changes in pigmentation and approach to patients with hypoigmented and hyperpigmented skin lesions, and patients with light-related skin disease.|
|Module 6||Vascular disease and dermatology||Review of the vascular diseases that affect the skin with focus on presentation, diagnosis, and management of vasculitides, ulcers, Behcet's disease, and pyoderma gangrenosum.|
|Module 7||Connective tissue diseases||Details the cutaneous manfiestations of connective tissue diseases including but not limited to lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and scleroderma.|
|Module 8||Dermatological manifestations of systemic disease||High-yield review of common dermatological manifestations of metabolic, thyroid, adrenal, rheumatic, haematological, and gastrointestinal disease with special focus on amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, systemic malignany, AIDs, and nutritional deficiencies.|
|Module 9||I nherited dermatoses||Overview of inherited dermatoses with focus on their characteristic presentations. Diseases include ichthyoses, Ehler-Danlos syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex, neurofibromatosis, and other conditions.|
|Module 10||Dermatoses in specific populations||Overview of the classes of important dermatoses seen in the paediatric, pregnant, and elderly populations with a focus on presentation, diagnosis, and management.|
The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, international medical graduates (IMGs), dermal clinicians, and practice nurses with dermatological experience who wish to improve their ability to diagnose and manage more complex dermatological presentations.
Clinicians who have minimal dermatological experience should first consider enrolment into the Foundations of Dermatology course (SC103).
To ensure the course meets current accreditation standards for continuous professional development, participants are required to complete a professional submission and exit examination.
The professional submission requires the participant to summarise their new scope of practice including a personal synopsis of acquired competencies. This submission is required to be submitted within 3 months of the completion of the course.
The exit examination must be completed within three months of completing this course. The exit examination for this course is comprised of two online examination components:
- Active response to clinical cases: Participants must complete 4 online clinical cases in the domain of skin cancer surgery. Participants must provide their own unique response along with their approach to management in order to pass these tasks. This component of assessment is pass/fail based on demonstration of a safe and efficacious approach to diagnosis and management.
- Completion of a multiple choice question (MCQ) exam: This component of assessment consists of scenario-based MCQ questions. The questions are written to specifically assess the listed course objectives.
How To Enrol
To enrol in this course and make payment, click on the ‘Enrol’ button at the top of the page. Access is provided to students within 24 hrs.
Course fees include access to the online modules and workshops for 365 days. Further fees apply for extensions and may only be granted on application. Please refer to our published refunds policy as a condition of enrolment.
This IME Professional course is designed by Specialist Doctors and Senior Lecturers from leading Australian University Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals. Minimum qualification standards include MBBS with specialist qualification and registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All courses are delivered by experienced lecturers with proven success in the medical space.
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