Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures

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Course Overview

This program will provide the clinician with a range of intermediate level skills including the ability to understand and manage a variety of common problems that require office based surgical intervention, such as foreign body removal, lacerations, sebaceous cysts and ingrown toe nails. The program is suitable for GPs, overseas trained doctors, newly arrived doctors seeking to work in rural networks, nurse practitioners and VR doctors who wish to further develop their surgical office-based skills. The program is approved for the Rural Procedural grant program.

This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Clinical Procedures. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures, Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures and Professional Diploma of Clinical Procedures (Coming soon).

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

This course is for general practitioners only. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

Course contents and learning outcomes

The content covers sections on theory plus hands-on practical sessions. This course is designed to assist GPs in developing confidence in various procedures and understanding their limitations without further practical experience.

The common surgical problems often encountered by GPs such as ingrown toenails, foreign bodies, lacerations, sebaceous cysts, etc. can be readily dealt within General Practice. The program demonstrates and practices a range of surgical procedures, local anaesthetic approaches, post-operative care and simple and more complex suturing with valuable tips on obtaining good cosmetic outcomes. All techniques are demonstrated with expertly filmed videos from A/Prof Brygel's extensive media collection and practised on models and wet specimens.

In the management of ingrown toenails, successful surgical treatment depends on obtaining satisfactory local anaesthesia. The program teaches and practices digital blocks to enable surgical correction and addresses other nail conditions such as acute paronychia abscess and subungual haematoma. The surgery ranges from removal of the nail edge, avulsion of the whole nail in selected cases, and more complex wedge resection. In addition, the increase in the popular use of Phenol ablation is demonstrated and informed consent, safety precautions and multiple attempts at post-operative care are dealt with in detail.

Hands and feet are common sites for splinters, nails and other objects to be embedded. Apart from local anaesthetic and surgical approaches to a diverse variety of problems, the course addresses the management of the wound and possible infections.

Lacerations can range from a simple clean cut to a dirty, potentially infected wound. The program offers an overview on the management of different lacerations with the aim to obtain primary closure. Debridement of the wound is also demonstrated and practised to give the practitioner the ability to cope with the most type of lacerations in the primary care setting.

Sebaceous and pilar cysts are ubiquitous and can occur anywhere on the body. They may present as an infection or abscess around a previous lump. The course demonstrates local anaesthetic techniques in both the non-infected and infected sebaceous cyst with abscess and addresses several surgical methods depending on the sites on the body, the severity of the infection and the skill and experience of the practitioner. Particular care is taken to demonstrate the management of the resultant cavity following the removal of a cyst and instructions are given to avoid damage to underlying structures.

The experienced course presenters also show how to manage subcutaneous lipomata and share tips and tricks of doing this procedure simply and avoiding excessive bleeding.

The course also discusses the treatment of haemorrhoids and anorectal conditions. The anorectal program will use power point presentations and video to visualize the common or important anal-related conditions, including haemorrhoids, haematoma, abscess, fistula, fissure, and warts. In diagnosing these conditions it is very important to differentiate them from more sinister problems. The anatomical and pathological basis are presented, in particular, the classification of haemorrhoids and the development of a fistula. The history with appropriate examination is usually sufficient to give a precise diagnosis.

The course also dedicates a session to practise simple and more complex suturing, including inverted suturing, deep suturing and subcuticular suturing.

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Lacerations, leg ulcers and lipomas
  • Abscesses and sebaceous cysts
  • Foreign bodies
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Warts, skin lesions and haematomas
  • Haemorrhoids and anal-rectal conditions
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Simple and advanced suturing
  • Post-operative care and dressing selection

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing clinical procedures techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform procedural techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
  • Participate in online discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated clinics 

Course outline

Saturday

8:00am – 8:30am Registration  
8:30am – 10:00am Session 1 Principals of wound healing and managing
Small procedures in general practice theory
10:00am – 10:30am Morning Tea  
10:30am – 12:00pm Session 2 Closing the wound
Theory and practical
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm – 2:30pm Session 3 Lacerations
Theory and practical
2:30pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Tea  
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 4 Foreign bodies

Sunday

8:15am - 8:30am Arrival  
8:30am – 10:30am Session 5 Ingrown toenails
Theory and practical
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea  
11:00am – 1:00pm Session 6 Lumps and bumps
Theory and practical
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch  
2:00pm – 3:00pm Session 7 Diagnosis and management of anal rectal conditions
3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea  
3:30pm – 4:30pm Session 8 Managing infected lesions

What Our Alumni Say

Meet your instructors

This course is presented by a team of experienced surgeons and noted clinicians, including:

A/Prof Maurice Brygel
A/Prof Maurice Brygel

FRACS


General Surgeon and Lecturer
Royal Australian College of Surgeons

Dr Peter Grossberg
Dr Peter Grossberg

FRACS


Senior Surgeon and Lecturer
Box Hill Hospital Melbourne;

Dr Gerard Ahern
Dr Gerard Ahern

 

General Surgeon and Lecturer, University of Melbourne

Dates and locations

 

Melbourne

8 - 9 July 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sydney

23 - 24 September 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney

Perth

11 - 12 November 2017

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Regular Tuition fee

$3,195

Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate

$2,995

Register 30 days in advance and save $200.

Deferred Payment

$845 x 4

Defer your payments over several months.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $350.

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Course delivery and assessment

The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations.

Certification and accreditation

The two-day program is presented in surgical skills labs in a supportive learning environment and small group setting. In order for you to be allocated 40 Category 1 RACGP QI&CPD points for this activity, you are required to complete a pre-disposing activity for this course which consists of a short questionnaire. The online assessment requirements comprise a questionnaire to be completed at your convenience within 14 days of the completion of the course. Certificates are processed at the end of the month you completed the assessment.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 ACRRM PRPD + PRPD Surgery MOPS and 30 EM MOPS points

This Professional Certificate will:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna
  • Is a dual award program with Monash University
    Monash University will award a Certificate of Attendance for the “Primary Care Office Procedures Workshop” component of this course. HealthCert will award the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the Professional Diploma pathway. The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures, Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 or small group basis. These provide the opportunity to observe clinical procedures and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures.

Clinical Attachments are available for Skin Surgery. These are available in Australia and overseas. The clinical attachments are 1:1 in Australia and they are in small groups at university teaching hospitals and clinics overseas.  HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.

The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices civils de Lyon" including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and second largest in France. Out of the 2630 faculty 700 are also medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals.

The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.

Postgraduate Pathway

HealthCert is exploring recognition for this qualification towards a Postgraduate Diploma of Minor Skin Surgery that is available online and with a short residency in the UK. 

How can we help you?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Education Advisors if you have any questions, require more information or would like to discuss your learning requirements. We look forward to assisting you.

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