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Overview

Course code

Course code

SC204

Course scope

Scope

Advanced Dermoscopy

Course workload

Course workload

4 Weeks (accelerated learning options)

Delivery method

Delivery method

Attendance & Online

Contact time

Contact time

On Demand & Online

Modules

No. of modules

10

Access duration

Access duration

1 Year

Cost

Cost

$1,497.00 AUD

About the Program

The Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice (SC204) is an interactive online course. The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, dermal clinicians, and practice nurses with dermoscopic experience who wish to improve their ability to diagnose complex skin cancer and general dermatological presentations.

Course participants are equipped with more advanced skills in dermoscopic diagnosis. The overall aim is for participants to become the dermoscopic reference point for colleagues in their primary care network. The course may be completed over a period of up to one year and is supported by The Institute Of Medical Education's All You Can Learn model of personal online tutoring.

The Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice course is the second of two courses in the METC Institute Dermoscopy continuous professional development (CPD) pathway. The first course is the Foundations of Dermoscopy course (SC104)

This course is pending accreditation for RACGP 40 Category 2 QI and CPD points and ACRRM 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points.

    Subject Structure

    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.

    IME's online learning platform automatically keeps track of progress so that each module can be reviewed at the discretion of the busy clinician.

      Subject Content

      The Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice (SC204) is an interactive online course where participants develop the following competencies:

        • Introductory understanding of dermatopathology including detailed review of dermoscopic structures and their histopathological correlation
        • Understanding of the common exceptions to basic algorithms regarding non-melanocytic lesions and common misdiagnoses
        • Understanding of the common exceptions to basic algorithms regarding melanocytic lesions and common misdiagnoses
        • Intuition for the more advanced algorithms used to distinguish melanoma from benign naevi including the use of melanoma-specific structures, revised version of pattern analysis, and the Menzies method
        • Practical competency in the use of dermoscopy to identify and diagnose complex lesions including dermatofibroma, neurofibroma, and vascular lesions
        • Practical competency in the use of dermoscopy to identify and diagnose more complex types of melanoma including acrolentiginous melanoma, lentigo maligna melanoma, amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma, and desmoplastic melanoma
        • Understanding of the specific principles relevant to performing dermoscopy of the mucosa
        • Understanding of the specific principles relevant to performing dermoscopy of the scalp/hair
        • Understanding of the specific principles relevant to performing dermoscopy of the nails
        • Understanding of the psoriatic disease entity, patterns of disease, and general management principles
        • Practical competency in the use of dermoscopy to diagnose non-neoplastic disease including skin infections, inflammatory disorders, and disease of the hair and nails
        • Clinical approach to performing dermoscopy in specific patient populations including paediatric, young adult, and elderly populations
      Module Topic  Description
      Module 1 Introduction to dermatopathology
      Overview of dermatopathology and review of structures and cues seen in dermatopathology and their dermoscopic correlates
      Module 2 Common exceptions to basic algorithms: Non-melanocytic lesions Dermoscopic evaluation of complex non-melanocytic lesion presentations including dermatofibroma, seborrhoeic keratosis, solar lentigo, basal cell carcinoma, and Bowen's disease.
      Module 3 Common exceptions to basic algorithms: Melanocytic lesions Dermoscopic evaluation of dermatofibroma-like lesions, basal cell carcinoma-like lesions, hemangioma-like lesions, seborrheic keratosis-like lesions, and pyogenic granuloma-like lesions.
      Module 4 Distinguishing melanoma from benign naevi: Advanced algorithms Advanced algorithms for distinguishing melanoma from benign lesions including the melanoma-specific structures, revised version of pattern analysis, Menzies method, and rules to avoid false negatives in melanoma diagnosis.
      Module 5 Dermoscopy and identification of complex lesions Dermoscopic evaluation of more complex lesions such as vascular lesions, dermatofibroma, and neurofibroma.
      Module 6 Dermoscopy & complex melanoma Dermoscopic evaluation of acrolentinginous melanoma, lengtigo maligna melanoma, amelanotic and hypomelanotic melanoma, desmoplastic melanoma, and metastatic melanoma.
      Module 7 Advanced dermoscopy sites Practical considerations of dermoscopy of the nails, scalp, hair, and mucosa including the specific lesions to be aware of.
      Module 8 Dermoscopy in specific populations Dermoscopic evaluation of non-neoplastic disease including infections, inflammatory disorders, and disorders of the hair and nails.
      Module 9  Dermoscopy in specific populations Dermoscopy in children, young adults, and the elderly including conditions with notable prevalence in each population
      Module 10 Clinical cases in advanced dermoscopy
      Interactive online dermoscopy cases.

        Entry Requirements

        The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, dermal clinicians, and practice nurses who wish to improve their ability to diagnose skin cancer via dermoscopy. Doctors or nurses who have dermoscopic experience or have completed an equivalent course can apply for recognised prior learning (RPL) and streamline their enrolment into the Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice course (SC204).

        Exit Examination

        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 this course. 

        The exit examination must be completed within three months of attending the live workshop component of 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 dermoscopy. 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.

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          Faculty

          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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