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Course code

Course code


Course scope


Foundations of Skin Cancer Medicine

Course workload

Course workload

1 Week

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 Foundations of Skin Cancer Surgery course is delivered predominantly via face-to-face attendance weekend. Further course delivery is facilitated via the METC Institute interactive online learning platform.

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.

This course meets the current accreditation standards for continuous professional development (CPD). 

    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 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.


        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

          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.

          Entry Requirements

          The course is suitable for general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars, pre-vocational doctors, and skin cancer practice nurses with minimal experience in performing skin cancer surgery.

          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 Surgery course (SC202) or Expert Techniques in Skin Cancer Surgery (SC301).

          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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