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Course code

Course code


Course scope


Skin Cancer Medicine

Course workload

Course workload

16-30 Hours

Delivery method

Delivery method

Attendance & Online

Contact time

Contact time

2 Day Workshop


No. of modules


Access duration

Access duration

1 Year



$2,997.00 AUD

About the Program

The Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Surgery (SC202) course is a 2-day attendance workshop which enables attendees to build on their existing competencies via advanced knowledge and skills in haemostasis, local anaesthesia, surgical techniques such as advanced wound closure techniques, suturing, advancement flaps, transposition flaps, and grafting.

The course is delivered predominantly via face-to-face attendance weekend. Further course delivery is facilitated via IME's interactive online learning platform.

    Subject Structure

    Prior to attendance of the Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Surgery Workshop, participants must complete the mandatory pre-reading module. Secondly, participants attend the workshop which consists of 8 key teaching sessions related to the principles of skin cancer surgery. Thirdly, participants may elect to revise attendance lectures, slides, and supplementary resources via the online learning portal. Finally, participants must complete a short professional submission and online examination requiring clinical application of learned principles.  In order to be awarded certification, participants must clear the pass hurdle set by the academic faculty (using the Hofstee method).

      Subject Content

      Participants in the Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Surgery course will develop the following competencies:

      • Understanding of advanced anatomy relevant to skin cancer surgery including review of anatomical danger zones, and important structures of the head, neck, nose, lip, eyelid, ear, and limbs
      • Comprehension of the use of advanced haemostasis techniques including electro-haemostasis, suture ligation, and the formation and natural history of haematoma
      • Possession of advanced knowledge of anaesthetic techniques including additions to local anaesthetics, and performance of localised blocks in the head and neck, wrist, digits, and ankle
      • Practical competency in the performance of tissue undermining, and avoiding/repairing dog-ear defects
      • Practical competency in the performance of advanced wound closure techniques such as X-sutures, S-plasty, closure of wounds with unequal lengths, and closure of serial excisions
      • Practical competency in performing advanced suturing techniques including Gillies corner sutures, half-buried/buried sutures, and suspension sutures
      • Practical competency in performing a range of advancement flaps including single advancement flaps, double advancement flaps, Burow’s triangle flaps, A-T flaps, M-flaps, and V-Y island flaps
      • Practical competency in performing transposition flaps including lobed flaps, multiple rhomboid flaps, and Z-plasty flaps
      • Understanding of the principles of grafting and practical competency in performing a split-thickness skin graft

        The course content is delivered via a mandatory pre-workshop module and face-to-face attendance sessions.

        The pre-workshop module brings participants up-to-date with the essential anatomy relevant to performing advanced skin cancer surgery. The module includes revision of the following:

        • Review of anatomical danger zones
        • Review of important nerves and their course
        • Relevant anatomy of the head and neck, nose, lip, eyelid, ear, and upper/lower limbs

        The attendance course is comprised of 8 key learning sessions which focus on a core topic. These sessions may include a mixture of theory and practical exercises as well as live demonstrations.





        Day 1 Session 1:

        9:00 - 10:30

        Advanced haemostasis

        Includes detailed teaching on indications for and techniques including electro-haemostasis, suture ligation, and the stages and management of haematoma.

        Day 1 Session 2:

        11:00 - 12:30

        Advanced local anaesthesia

        Includes use of additives to local anaesthesia, head and neck blocks, wrist blocks, digital blocks, and ankle blocks.

        Day 1 Session 3:

        13:30 - 15:00

        Advanced skills in skin cancer surgery (practical)

        Discussion, demonstration, and practice of the surgical techniques of undermining and transposition of blood supply, and avoiding/repairing dog ears.

        Day 1 Session 4:

        15:30 - 17:00

        Advanced suturing and closures (practical)

        Discussion, demonstration, and practice of advanced wound closure techniques such as X suturing, S-plasty, closing uneven or large wounds, and advanced suturing techniques such as Gillies corner suturing, half-buried/buried, and suspension sutures.

        Day 2 Session 5:

        9:00 - 10:30

        Flaps 3: Advancement Flaps 1 (practical)

        Review of the principles of flap surgery followed by discussion, demonstration, and practice of single advancement flap, double advancement flap (h-plasty), and Burrow's triangle flaps.

        Day 2 Session 6:

        11:00 - 12:30

        Flaps 4: Advancement Flaps 2 (practical)

        Discussion, demonstration, and practice of A-T flap (bilateral T-plasty), M flap, and V-Y island flap.

        Day 2 Session 7:

        1:30 - 15:00

        Flaps 5: Advanced transposition flaps (practical)

        Discussion, demonstration and practice of transposition flaps including lobed, pinwheel/multiple rhomboid, and Z-plasty flaps

        Day 2 Session 8:

        15:30 - 17:00

        Grafts 1: Introduction to grafts and split skin grafts (practical)

        Overview of grafts including principles, indications, and types followed by discussion, demonstration, and practice of performing split skin grafts.

        Entry Requirements

        The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars and international medical graduates (IMGs) with significant experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer.

        Doctors who have minimal experience should first consider enrolment into the Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine course (SC101)

        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 the live workshop component of this course. In order to continue to build proficiency, participants also receive a template logbook for keeping track of future skin cancer presentations and their management (this does not need to be submitted).

        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 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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