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Overview

Course code

Course code

SC500

Course scope

Scope

Comprehensive Dermoscopy 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 Year

Cost

Cost

$2,497.00 AUD

Payment options

About the Program

The Dermoscopy General Practice Program aims to develop basic and advanced skills in dermoscopic diagnosis of malignant and benign dermatological conditions. The Dermoscopy 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 skin cancer via dermoscopy. 

The course includes the below two courses:

  • Foundations of Dermoscopy course (SC104). This course aims to develop clinical confidence in the use of dermoscopy to more accurately assess and diagnose skin cancer cases thereby delivering better patient outcomes.

  • Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice course (SC204). In this course, participants build on their existing knowledge with more advanced skills in dermoscopic diagnosis including in both neoplastic and general dermatological presentations.

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

By completing the Dermoscopy GP Program, clinicians will complete the IME Dermoscopy continuous professional development (CPD) pathway and with it develop high-level competency in the dermoscopic diagnosis of malignant and non-malignant 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 (SC104 and SC204). 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 Dermoscopy General Practice Program is delivered via two distinct courses. The content of each course and learning outcomes are outlined below. 

      The Foundations of Dermoscopy (SC104) is an interactive online course. 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.

      Course participants acquire confidence in the use of dermoscopy to more accurately assess and diagnose skin cancer cases thereby delivering better patient outcomes.

      Foundations of Dermoscopy (SC104) is an interactive online course where participants develop the following competencies:

      • Understanding of the principles of dermoscopy, dermoscopic equipment, and selecting a dermatoscope for practice

      • Comprehensive clinical approach to dermoscopic examination
        Understanding of the most important structures and cues seen on dermoscopy, their significance, and relation to histopathology

      • Use of the revised two-step algorithm to make systematic diagnostic decisions regarding suspected skin cancer

      • Practical competency in the use of the dermoscope to differentiate and diagnose benign non-melanocytic lesions

      • Practical competency in the use of the dermoscope to differentiate and diagnose malign non-melanocytic lesions including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma

      • Practical competency in the use of the dermoscope to differentiate and diagnose benign melanocytic lesions

      • Understanding of the dermoscopic appearance of superficial spreading melanoma and nodular melanoma, and the common pitfalls in diagnosing melanoma

      • Practical competency in the use of the dermoscope to differentiate melanoma from other melanocytic lesions

      • Understanding of the specific principles relevant to performing dermoscopy of the face

      • Understanding of the specific principles relevant to performing dermoscopy of the palms and soles

        Module

        Topic 

        Description

        Module 1

        Introduction to dermoscopy

        Detailed introduction to dermoscopy including techniques and indications, principles of non-polarised and polarised dermoscopy, and selection of a dermatoscope for your practice.

        Module 2

        Structures and cues seen in histopathology and dermoscopy

        Overview of the correlation between pigment/colour and histological layer, and definition and importance of the spectrum of structures seen on dermoscopy.

        Module 3

        Foundations of dermoscopic diagnosis: Two-step algorithm

        Describes the revised and simplified diagnostic two step-algorithm and its application in many practice lesions.

        Module 4

        Dermoscopy and benign non-melanocytic lesions

        Dermoscopic evaluation of benign non-melanocytic lesions including solar lentigo, seborrheic keratoses, lichen planus-like keratosis, porokeratosis, clear cell acanthoma, sebcaceous hyperplasia, epidermal naevus, dermal cysts, and viral warts

        Module 5

        Dermoscopy and malignant non-melanocytic lesions

        Dermoscopic evaluation of pigmented and non-pigmented basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, Bowen's disease, and also bowenoid actinic keratosis, keratoacanthoma, and invasive squamous cell carcinoma

        Module 6

        Dermoscopy and Melanocytic naevi

        Dermoscopic evaluation of banal naevi, growing naevi, congenital melanocytic naevi, dysplastic naevi, blue naevi, Spitz/Reed naevi, and recurrent naevi.

        Module 7

        Distinguishing melanoma from benign naevi: Basic algorithms

        D iscussion of algorithms which may be used to distinguish benign naevi from melanoma including basic pattern analysis, ABCD rule, CASH algorithm, and the three-point checklist.

        Module 8

        Dermoscopy and melanoma

        Evaluation of superficial spreading melanoma and nodular melanoma including their key dermoscopic findings and the common pitfalls in diagnosing melanoma.

        Module 9 

        Common dermoscopy sites

        Practical considerations of dermoscopy of the face, palms, and soles including the specific lesions to be aware of.

        Module 10

        Clinical cases in foundational dermoscopy

        Interactive online dermoscopy cases.



        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 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.


         

        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.

        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 Dermoscopy 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 Dermoscopy for General Practice course (SC204).

        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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