Dermoscopy General Practice Program
The Dermoscopy General Practice Program (SC308) consists of two courses which form the METC Institute Dermoscopy continuous professional development (CPD) pathway. 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 may be completed over a period of up to one year and is supported by the METC Institute All You Can Learn model of personal online tutoring.
The first course is the 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. The Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice course (SC204) is the second course. In this course, participants build on their existing knowledge with more advanced skills in dermoscopic diagnosis including in both neoplastic and general dermatological presentations. The overall aim is for participants to become the dermoscopic reference point for colleagues in their primary care network.
By completing the Dermoscopy GP Program, clinicians will complete the METC Institute Dermoscopy continuous professional development (CPD) pathway and with it develop high-level competency in the dermoscopic diagnosis of malignant and non-malignant dermatological conditions. Each course is accredited for RACGP 40 Category 1 QI and CPD points and ACRRM 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points.
Foundations of Dermoscopy (SC104)
Foundations of dermoscopy course has no CPD pre-requisites. Those with experience in dermoscopy or prior completion of an equivalent course may seek approval for recognised prior learning (RPL) by the METC Institute academic faculty in order to streamline into the Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice (SC204) course.
Requires completion of SC104 or RPL
Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice (SC204)
Advanced dermoscopy for general practice course requiring completion of Foundations of Dermoscopy (SC104) or recognised prior learning (RPL) approved by the METC Institute academic faculty.
Those interested in this pathway may also be interested in the Skin Cancer Medicine continuous professional development (CPD) pathway.
The Dermoscopy General Practice Program is delivered entirely online making it more amenable to the schedule of busy doctors. Course delivery is facilitated via the METC Institute 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).
Interactive online modules
Complete 10 online learning modules with teaching videos.
Online access to all course materials for revision.
Realistic scenario-based assessment of learning outcomes.
Awarding of certification & CPD.
|The Dermoscopy General Practice Program is founded on the METC Institute all you can learn model of personal tutoring. For the duration of their enrolment, course participants may make unlimited use of the medical and surgical specialist faculty to have their questions answered. Questions and discussion with the course facilitators occurs via the METC Institute online learning portal. Participants can ask questions about any topics covered in their course of enrolment and will receive a response within 24-hours (business days).|
The Dermoscopy General Practice Program aims to develop basic and advanced skills in dermoscopic diagnosis of malignant and benign dermatological conditions. This is achieved via two distinct courses each with their own set of objectives.
By participating in the Foundations of Dermoscopy course, clinicians will 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
By participating in the Advanced Dermoscopy for General Practice course, clinicians will 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