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Overview

Course code

Course code

SC101

Course scope

Scope

Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine

Course workload

Course workload

16-30 Hours

Delivery method

Delivery method

Attendance & Online

Contact time

Contact time

2 Day Workshop

Modules

No. of modules

8

Access duration

Access duration

1 Year

Cost

Cost

$2,997.00 AUD

About the Program

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.

The Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine course is the first of two courses in the METC Institute Skin Cancer Medicine continuous professional development (CPD) pathway. The second course is the Advanced Skills in Skin Cancer Medicine (SC201). Those interested in this pathway may also be interested in the Skin Cancer Surgery continuous professional development (CPD) pathway.

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

    Subject Structure

    Prior to attendance of this weekend 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 medicine. 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 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

      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 on skin cancer as a disease entity. The module includes revision of the following:

      • Classification of skin cancer
      • Burden of disease and epidemiology
      • Key aetiological factors
      • Preventative factors and concepts in photoprotection
      • Course content is released 2 weeks prior to the attendance course.

      The attendance course consists 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.

        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.

        Entry Requirements

        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 skin cancer. 

        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 Skills in Skin Cancer Medicine course (SC201).

        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.

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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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