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Overview

Course code

Course code

SC400

Course scope

Scope

Comprehensive Dermatology for General Practice

Course workload

Course workload

2 Subject Inclusions

Delivery method

Delivery method

100% Online

Contact time

Contact time

All You Can Learn

Modules

No. of modules

20

Access duration

Access duration

1 Years

Cost

Cost

$2,497.00 AUD

Payment options

About the Program

The Dermatology General Practice Program aims to maximise local management of dermatological complaints and allow participants to become the reference point for colleagues in their primary care network.
The Program is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, international medical graduates (IMGs), dermal clinicians and practice nurses who wish to improve their ability to diagnose and manage key dermatological presentations.

The course includes the below two courses:

  • Foundations of Dermatology course (SC103). This course aims to develop clinical confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of common dermatological conditions in order to expand the clinician’s scope of practice and improve local primary care provision.

  • Advanced Dermatology for General Practice course (SC203). In this course, participants build on their existing knowledge via developing specific competencies in the diagnosis and management of complex dermatological conditions.

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

By completing the Dermatology GP Program, clinicians will complete the IME Dermatology continuous professional development (CPD) pathway and with it develop high-level competency in the diagnosis and treatment of basic and complex dermatological conditions.

    Program Structure

    The Dermatology General Practice Program is delivered entirely online making it more amenable to the schedule of busy doctors. Course delivery is facilitated via IME's interactive online learning platform.

    Participants must complete 20 interactive online modules over two separate courses (SC103 and SC203). Each module focuses on a self-contained concept pertinent to the learning objectives of each course. Each module also includes embedded video to better articulate the key principles. After completion of the modules for each course, 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).

      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 Dermatology General Practice Program is delivered via two distinct courses. The content of each course and learning outcomes are outlined below. 

      The Foundations of Dermatology (SC103) is an interactive online course. The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, international medical graduates (IMGs), dermal clinicians, and practice nurses who wish to improve their ability to diagnose and manage key dermatological presentations. Course participants acquire confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of common dermatological conditions in order to expand their scope of practice and improve local primary care provision.

      Participants in the Foundations of Dermatology course will develop the following competencies:

      • Understanding of the normal origins, structure, and function of the skin
      • Comprehensive clinical approach to dermatological disease including specialised history, examination, and investigations relevant to the skin
      • Insight into the various categories of therapy available including topical therapies, topical steroids, topical immunomodulators, phototherapy, and systemic therapies
      • Comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic skin infections
      • Comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of acne and related disorders
      • Understanding of the classification of eczema and a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of eczema and related disorders
      • Understanding of the atopic patient and development of an approach to skin allergy and urticaria
      • Detailed understanding of the emergency management of angioedema in the context of anaphylaxis
      • Understanding of the psoriatic disease entity, patterns of disease, and general management principles
      • Ability to diagnose and manage common diseases affecting the hair and nails
      • Recognition of the common classes of pharmacological agents associated with skin reactions, patterns of presentation, and their management

        Module

        Topic 

        Description

        Module 1

        Normal structure, function and development of the skin

        Essential review of the normal embryology, anatomy, histology, and physiology of the skin.

        Module 2

        Clinical approach to dermatological problems

        Review of the specific clinical approach to the skin history, common presenting complaints, and skin examination.

        Module 3

        Overview of medical management of skin disease

        Overview of medical management categories including basic topical therapies, topical steroids, topical immunomodulators, phototherapy and photochemotherapy, and systemic therapies.

        Module 4

        Dermatological infections

        Review of common and important bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections focusing on diagnosis and management.

        Module 5

        Acne and related disorders

        Review of acneiform conditions including acne vulgaris and variants, secondary acne, acneiform disorder, acne rosacea, and hidradenitis suppurativa.

        Module 6

        Eczema

        Detailed review of the eczema disease entity including classification of exogenous and endogenous causes, clinical features, diagnosis, and management.

        Module 7

        Urticaria, angioedema and allergy

        Detailed review of dermal atopy including discussion of the disease entities, presentation, investigation, diagnosis, and treatment.

        Module 8

        Psoriasis

        Review of the psoriasis disease entity including patterns of disease, diagnosis, and management of specific forms of the disease.

        Module 9 

        Disorders of hair and nails

        Details common and important disorders of the nails and hair including the presenting complaints of hair loss, excessive hair, or change in physical nature of hair/nails.

        Module 10

        Drug reactions

        High-yield review of dermal drug reactions including the common classes of drugs associated with reactions, and specific patterns of dermatological drug reactions.

         

        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.

        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

        Module

        Topic 

        Description

         

        Module 1

        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.

        Module 3

        Burns

        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 

        Inherited 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.

         

          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 module 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 5 online clinical cases in the domain of dermatology. 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 Dermatology GP Program is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, international medical graduates (IMGs), dermal clinicians and practice nurses who wish to improve their ability to diagnose and manage key dermatological presentations.

          Doctors or nurses who have more experience or have completed an equivalent course can apply for recognised prior learning (RPL) and streamline their enrolment into the Advanced Dermatology for General Practice course (SC203).


          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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