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Overview

Course code

Course code

SC600

Course scope

Scope

Comprehensive Medical & Surgical Approach to Skin Cancer

Course workload

Course workload

40-80 Hours

Delivery method

Delivery method

Attendance & Online

Contact time

Contact time

All You Can Learn

Modules

No. of modules

40

Access duration

Access duration

3 Years

Cost

Cost

$11,997.00 AUD

Payment options

About

The Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program for general practice aims to develop a vast spectrum of basic, advanced, and expert skills in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. 

The course includes the below five courses:

  • Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine (SC101): Develops fundamental skills in the diagnosis and clinical management of common and serious skin cancers.
  • Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Medicine (SC201): Builds advanced skills in the diagnosis and clinical management of both common and more rare and complex skin cancers.
  • Foundations of Skin Cancer Surgery (SC102): Teaches the principles of surgery along with basic surgical techniques for treatment of most skin cancers.
  • Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Surgery (SC202): Develops more advanced practical surgical techniques for treatment of both common and more complicated skin cancer.
  • Expert Techniques in Skin Cancer Surgery (SC301): Develops expert skills and surgical techniques in the treatment of skin cancer in the most cosmetically-sensitive regions of the body

 

Each course is accredited for RACGP 40 Category 1 QI and CPD points and ACRRM 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points.

By completing the Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program, clinicians will complete both the Skin Cancer Medicine and Skin Cancer Surgery continuous professional development (CPD) pathways, as well as the Expert Techniques in Skin Cancer Surgery course. It is expected that after completing each pathway, primary care clinicians will possess the competency to deliver world-class skin cancer care to their patients along with receiving referral from their peers for complex cases.

    Program Structure

    The Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program is delivered predominantly via face-to-face attendance weekends. Further course delivery is facilitated via the METC Institute interactive online learning platform.

    Doctors completing the Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program also have access to the All You Can Learn Model for 36 months from enrolment.  It is recommended that Doctors complete SC101 and SC102 in the first year of the program, SC201 and SC202 in the second year, and SC301 in the final year of the program. 

    Priot to attendance of each of the weekend workshops, participants must complete a mandatory pre-reading module. Secondly, participants attend the workshop which each 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).

      Program Content

      The program is supported by unlimited access to and support from course tutors. All tutors are specialist medical practitioners that provide expert guidance and clarification individualised to personal requirements.

      The content in the Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program is delivered via five distinct courses. The content of each course and learning outcomes are outlined below. 

      The Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine (SC101) course is a 2-day attendance workshop. The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, international medical graduates (IMGs) and skin cancer practice nurses with minimal experience in the diagnosis and management of suspected skin cancer in the primary care setting. Course attendees acquire confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of melanocytic and non-melanocytic skin cancers along with developing competencies to make skin cancer medicine a fundamental part of their daily practice and income stream.

      Participants in the Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine course will develop the following competencies:

      • Understanding of the normal origins, structure, and function of the skin
      • Insight into the classification, epidemiology, and major aetiological factors for skin cancer
      • Comprehensive clinical approach to suspected skin cancer including skin history, skin examination, and appropriate investigations
      • Proficiency in the diagnosis and management of non-melanocytic skin cancer
      • Proficiency in the diagnosis and management of melanocytic skin cancer
      • Practical competency in performing shave, punch, and excision biopsies
      • Practical competency in administration of local anaesthesia and pre-operative considerations including excision margins.
      • Practical competency in safe excision techniques including understanding and avoidance of danger zones
      • Practical competency in basic wound closure techniques including common suture techniques and knots essential to wound closure
      • Understanding of Medicare skin cancer item numbers, billing, and clinical workflow

      Session

      Topic 

      Description

       

      Day 1 Session 1:

      9:00 - 10:30

      Structure and function of the skin, hair and nails

      Including embryology, anatomy, histology, and physiology.

      Day 1 Session 2:

      11:00 - 12:30

      Clinical approach to suspected skin cancer

      Including skin history, examination, foundations of dermoscopy, and investigations.

      Day 1 Session 3:

      13:30 - 15:00

      Approach to diagnosis and management of non-melanocytic skin cancer

      Including actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and other lesions.

      Day 1 Session 4:

      15:30 - 17:00

      Approach to diagnosis and management of melanocytic skin cancer

      Including benign melanocytic naevus, dysplastic naevus, congenital melanocytic naevus, and melanoma.

      Day 2 Session 5:

      9:00 - 10:30

      I think my patient has skin cancer – Part 1: Biopsy (practical)

      Discussion, demonstration and practice of shave, punch, and excision biopsy.

      Day 2 Session 6:

      11:00 - 12:30

      I think my patient has skin cancer – Part 2: Operative approach and excision (practical)

      Including margins, local anaesthesia, haemostasis, incision lines, danger zones, and demonstration and practice of ideal excision techniques.

      Day 2 Session 7:

      1:30 - 15:00

      I think my patient has skin cancer – Part 3: Wound closure and healing (practical)

      Discussion, demonstration and practice of essential skin surgery skills including basic wound closure techniques, suturing, and knots.

      Day 2 Session 8:

      15:30 - 17:00

      Skin cancer medicine practice

      Including medicolegal aspects of practice, Medicare, and billing.

      The Foundations of Skin Cancer Surgery (SC102) course is a 2-day attendance workshop. The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, and skin cancer practice nurses with minimal experience in the surgical management of skin cancer in the primary care setting. Course attendees acquire confidence in performing skin cancer surgery along with developing competencies to make skin cancer surgery a fundamental part of their daily practice and income stream.

      Participants in the Foundations of Skin Cancer Surgery course will develop the following competencies:
      • Understanding of the essential anatomy for skin surgery including skin anatomy/tissue planes, anatomical danger zones, and important neurovascular structures
      • Knowledge of the fundamental principles of performing office-based procedures including preoperative preparation, essentials of operating, and post-operative care
      • Insight into the foundations of haemostasis including pre-operative, operative, and post-operative considerations
      • Detailed comprehension of the foundations of skin surgery including margins, ideal excision techniques, pre-operative surgical preparation, incision lines, and healing/follow-up
      • Practical competency in performing local anaesthesia techniques including field blocks and hydrodissection
      • Practical competency in basic wound closure techniques including proper suturing technique, interrupted and mattress suturing
      • Understanding of the various types of skin flaps, indications, and principles of execution including blood supply
      • Practical competency in performing rhomboid flaps including indications and location choice
      • Practical competency in performing rotational (pivot) flaps including indications and location choice
      • Understanding of how to setup your clinic including essential equipment, specific equipment for skin surgery, sutures, needles, and surgical instruments

      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 essential anatomy for skin cancer surgery. The module includes revision of the following:
      • Skin anatomy and tissue planes
      • Anatomical danger zones
      • Important nerves and nerve damage
      • Important arteries
      • Module content will be released 2 weeks prior to attendance workshop.
      Session Topic  Description
       
      Day 1 Session 1: 9:00 - 10:30
      Setting up your clinic: Equipment, sutures and design Details the ideal clinical setup including essential equipment, sutures and needles, surgical instruments, and other amenities required to perform skin surgery.
      Day 1 Session 2: 11:00 - 12:30 Foundations of operating Details the core principles of performing primary care procedures including pre-operative processes, operating principles, and post-operative care.
      Day 1 Session 3: 13:30 - 15:00 Foundations of haemostasis Including bleeding risk, anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy, surgical techniques to minimise bleeding, and post-operative care.
      Day 1 Session 4: 15:30 - 17:00 Foundations of performing skin cancer surgery
      Detailed coverage of margin requirement and planning, ideal excision techniques, pre-operative preparation, incision lines, healing and follow up.
      Day 2 Session 5: 9:00 - 10:30 Foundations of local anaesthesia (practical) Detailed review of local anaesthetic agents and discussion, demonstration and practice of field blocks, hydrodissection and sedation.
      Day 2 Session 6: 11:00 - 12:30 Basic suturing, knots, and closures (practical) Discussion, demonstration, and practice of fundamental wound closure techniques and basic suturing. This includes essential principles of skin surgery, proper suture technique, interrupted sutures, mattress sutures, and common knots.
      Day 2 Session 7: 1:30 - 15:00 Flaps 1: Basics and rhomboid flaps (practical) Discussion, demonstration, and practice of rhomboid flaps. Includes discussion of classification of flaps, principles, and blood supply.
      Day 2 Session 8: 15:30 - 17:00 Flaps 2: Rotational flaps (practical) Discussion, demonstration, and practice of rotational (pivot) flaps including S-plasty, classic rotation flap, and O-S and O-Z flap.

        The Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Medicine course (SC201) is a program suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars and international medical graduates (IMGs) with significant experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer, or who have complete Foundations in Skin Cancer Surgery (SC101).

        The course includes a 2-day attendance workshop, where attendees build on their existing knowledge via developing advanced skills including exceptions to basic algorithms, advanced management options, approach to diagnosis and management of complex skin cancers, and advanced skills in local anaesthesia, operative technique, and wound closure.

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

          • Understanding of the pathophysiology of skin cancer with a focus on melanoma and the genetic basis of disease
          • Insight into the study of dermatopathology including important dermoscopic signs and their significance/association with disease
          • Knowledge of common exceptions to basic diagnostic algorithms with a focus on mimics and avoidance of false negatives in melanoma diagnosis
          • Diagnosis of less common cancers such as adnexal carcinomas, Paget’s disease, sarcomas, Merkel cell carcinoma, vascular lesions, and other rare cancers
          • Knowledge of the indications for and nature of advanced skin cancer management options including review of topical and immunotherapies, curettage and electrodessication, cryosurgery, Moh’s micrographic surgery, and management of disseminated skin cancer
          • Practical competency in administration of advanced anaesthesia including detailed review of agents, and performance of field and other nerve blocks
          • Practical competency in administration of local anaesthesia and pre-operative considerations including excision margins
          • Practical competency in performing curettage and complex anatomical excisions such as those involving the joints and digits
          • Practical competency in advanced haemostasis including the use of cautery
          • Practical competency in the indications for and performance of advanced wound closure techniques including buried sutures, X-sutures, S-plasty, and closure of wide or uneven wounds

          Session

          Topic 

          Description

           

          Day 1 Session 1:

          9:00 - 10:30

          Introduction to dermatopathology

          Introduction to the dermatopathology including diagnostic terms, key histopathological findings, and their correlation with dermoscopic findings

          Day 1 Session 2:

          11:00 - 12:30

          Common exceptions to the basic algorithms used to diagnose skin cancer

          Dermoscopic findings of skin cancer, advanced pattern analysis, melanoma mimics, mimics of melanoma, and avoiding false negatives in melanoma

          Day 1 Session 3:

          13:30 - 15:00

          Approach to diagnosis and management of rare types of skin cancer

          Including adnexal carcinoma, Paget's disease, sarcomas, Merkel cell carcinoma, vascular, and other rare neoplastic lesions

          Day 1 Session 4:

          15:30 - 17:00

          Advanced management options

          Includes review of topical and immunotherapies, curettage and electrodessication, cryosurgery, Moh's microscopic surgery, and management principles of disseminated disease

          Day 2 Session 5:

          9:00 - 10:30

          Advanced anaesthesia (practical)

          Detailed review of local anaesthetic agents, overview of nerve blocks, and discussion, demonstration and practice of field blocks, hydrodissection and local anaesthesia

          Day 2 Session 6:

          11:00 - 12:30

          Advanced operative techniques (practical)

          Discussion, demonstration, and practice of curettage, excisions in complex regions (joints and digits), and advanced haemostasis/cautery

          Day 2 Session 7:

          1:30 - 15:00

          Advanced wound closure techniques (practical)

          Discussion, demonstration and practice of advanced wound closure techniques including buried sutures, X sutures, S-plasty, and closure of wide, uneven, and multiple wounds

          Day 2 Session 8:

          15:30 - 17:00

          Case-based learning

          Presentation and discussion of cases that summarise learning outcomes over the two days

          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.

          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 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

            Session

            Topic 

            Description

             

            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.

            The Expert Techniques in Skin Cancer Surgery (SC301) course is a 2-day attendance workshop. The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars and International Medical Graduates with pre-existing advanced skills in performing skin cancer surgery in the primary care setting. Course attendees build on their existing competencies via expert knowledge and skills in the performance of skin cancer surgery of the ear, nose, lip, scalp, digits, and eyelids, and also in performing full-thickness skin grafts. The overall aim is for participants to become the reference point for skin cancer surgery in their local primary care network. 

            Participants in the Expert Techniques in Skin Cancer Surgery course will develop the following competencies:

            • Comprehensive understanding into the choice of procedure based on anatomical location
            • Practical competency in performing skin cancer surgery on the ear including understanding of relevant anatomy, procedures, and complications
            • Practical competency in performing skin cancer surgery on the nose including understanding of relevant anatomy, procedures, and complications
            • Practical competency in performing skin cancer surgery on the lip including understanding of relevant anatomy, procedures, and complications
            • Practical competency in performing skin cancer surgery on the scalp including understanding of relevant anatomy, procedures, and complications
            • Practical competency in performing skin cancer surgery on the digits including understanding of relevant anatomy, procedures, and complications
            • Practical competency in performing skin cancer surgery on the eyelid including understanding of relevant anatomy, procedures, and complications
            • Understanding of the principles of grafting and practical competency in performing a full-thickness skin graft

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

            • Review of suggested procedures to be performed on skin cancers of the head and neck
            • Review of suggested procedures to be performed on skin cancers of the limbs
            • Review of suggested procedures to be performed on skin cancers of the joints
            • Review of suggested procedures to be performed on skin cancers of the hands

            Session

            Topic 

            Description

             

            Day 1 Session 1:

            9:00 - 10:30

            Approach to surgery of the ear (practical)

            Includes detailed discussion of essential anatomy, principles of ear surgery and complications, and demonstration and practice of operative techniques.

            Day 1 Session 2:

            11:00 - 12:30

            Approach to surgery of the nose (practical)

            Includes detailed discussion of essential anatomy, flaps and grafts, possible procedures and complications, and demonstration and practice of operative techniques.

            Day 1 Session 3:

            13:30 - 15:00

            Approach to surgery of the lip (practical)

            Includes detailed discussion of essential anatomy, principles of lip surgery and complications, and demonstration and practice of operative techniques.

            Day 1 Session 4:

            15:30 - 17:00

            Approach to surgery of the scalp (practical)

            I ncludes detailed discussion of essential anatomy, the subgaleal region, closure techniques and complications, and demonstration and practice of operative techniques.

            Day 2 Session 5:

            9:00 - 10:30

            Approach to surgery of the digits (practical)

            Includes detailed discussion of essential anatomy, principles of surgery on the digits and complications, and demonstration and practice of operative techniques.

            Day 2 Session 6:

            11:00 - 12:30

            Approach to surgery of the eyelid (practical)

            Includes detailed discussion of essential anatomy, flaps, grafts, wedges and complications, and demonstration and practice of operative techniques.

            Day 2 Session 7:

            1:30 - 15:00

            Grafts 2: Full skin grafts (practical)

            Review of the principles of skin grafts and discussion, demonstration, and practice in performing full thickness skin grafts.

            Day 2 Session 8:

            15:30 - 17:00

            Clinical case discuss and clinical pearls

            Review of advanced skin cancer cases and their surgical management including surgical tips from expert presenters.

            Exit Examination

            To ensure this program 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 medicine. 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.

            In order to be awarded certification, participants must clear the relevant hurdles set by the academic faculty (using the Hofstee method).

            Entry Requirements

            The Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars or international medical graduates (IMGs) with minimal initial experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer.

            Doctors who have more experience or who have completed an equivalent course can apply for recognised prior learning (RPL) and streamline their enrolment into courses later in the relevant CPD pathway. Please consult our course advisors if you wish for this to occur.

            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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