Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology Online

COURSE OVERVIEW

GPs are confronted with common skin, nail and hair conditions on a regular basis as patients have limited access to
dermatologists. In fact, the largest organ of the human body makes up 15% of general practice consultations on a day-to-day
basis. Undergraduate dermatology training is minimal in many medical schools and without additional education in general
dermatology, GPs are often underequipped to handle common presentations.

Presented by noted dermatologists, the Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology will increase your clinical knowledge, teach you how to assess more complex and rare cases and make differential diagnoses for various dermatological conditions.  

This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of General Dermatology. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

This course is for General Practitioners and for degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. 

The pre-requisite for this advanced certificate course is the successful completion of the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology (or qualification deemed equivalent). HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 25 cases of general dermatology prior to enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit@healthcert.com for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.

COURSE CONTENTS

The certificate course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.

The theory sessions cover:

Module 1 Module 5
  • Emergency skin conditions
  • Patch testing for contact dermatitis
  • Vitiligo treatments
  • Cutaneous lymphomas
  • Skin infestations


Module 2 Module 6
  • Treatment of dermatomyositis
  • Cicatricial alopecia
  • Treatment of Sarcoidosis
  • Less common nail diseases
Module 3 Module 7
  • Immunosuppressive treatment for psoriasis
  • Advanced management of hidradenitis
  • Systematic treatment for lichen planus
  • Advanced management of bullous pemphigoid
Module 4 Module 8
  • Systematic treatment for atopic dermatitis
  • More challenging general dermatology cases
  • Treatment for atopic dermatitis
 Concluding webinar - Summary and questions/clarification prior to exams
  • Differential diagnosis of acne and treatments
 

Course participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts.
  • Participate in discussions of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions.
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field.
  • Participate in course webinars prior to the examinations and ask questions.
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case reviews.
  • Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated dermatology clinics.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine and business management, including:
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Prof Richard P. Usatine

MD PhD

Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA

Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA

Professor Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.

Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Dr Christopher Ross

BSc (BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD

Dr Christopher Ross is a specialist dermatologist who is currently visiting multiple rural locations in South Australia to extend specialist care and improve dermatology training to rural students and doctors.

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A/Prof Caterina Longo

MD PhD

Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

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Dr Jonathan B. Karnes

MD, MDFMR

Dr Jonathon Karnes is a family medicine physician with special fellowship training in dermatology. He is a faculty member in the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program in Maine, USA.

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Dr Zoe Apalla

MD PhD

Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr Zoe Apalla is the co-Author of more than 115 scientific papers.

Course Overview

Trimester 3 2017

Application Deadline:
1 Sep 2017

Course Starts: 4 Sep 2017

Exam Open: 27 Nov 2017

Course Ends: 22 Dec 2017

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Trimester 1 2018

Application Deadline:
5 Jan 2018

Course Starts: 8 Jan 2018

Exam Open: 2 Apr 2018

Course Ends: 27 Apr 2018

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Trimester 2 2018

Application Deadline:
4 May 2018

Course Starts: 7 May 2018

Exam Open: 30 Jul 2018

Course Ends: 24 Aug 2018

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COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

REGULAR TUITION FEE
EARLY BIRD RATE DEFERRED PAYMENT

Advanced Certificate

$1,795

Advanced Certificate

$1,595

AdvancedCertificate

$635 x 3

Two-Course Bundle

$3,590

Two-Course Bundle

$3,030 

Two-Course Bundle

$648 x 5 

Three-Course Bundle

$5,385

Three-Course Bundle

$4,305

Three-Course Bundle

$652 x 7 

Different payments options available.

 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.  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.

COURSE DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT

This is course is delivered online in 8 modules and uses Moodle as the learning management system. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by 3 weeks for revision and final examinations.  The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar prior to examinations.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance your knowledge and application of the skills.
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.  The pass mark for online examinations is 80 percent.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive a certificate and 40 RACGP Category 1 points / 30 ACRRM PRPD points.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points

This advanced certificate:

  • 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.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Qualifies for certified clinical attachments in General Dermatology in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for certified clinical attachments in General Dermatology in Austria at the University of Vienna.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the second stage of the professional diploma pathway. The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology, Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.

 

Postgraduate Pathway

This pathway is suitable for doctors and degree-qualified nurses who are mainly interested in clinical academic study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 and only need to complete the final examinations for this module.

The postgraduate diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 30 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Supervised examinations will need to be completed in the United Arab Emirates campus.

A credit pathway from the Postgraduate Diploma to a Master degree is currently under discussion. Full details will be provided in an announcement before December 2017.

 

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Clinical Attachments in Dermatology are optional and available on a 1:1 or small group basis. These provide the opportunity to observe skin cancer medicine treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. In addition to clinical attachments in Australia, university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon and the University of Vienna are available for clinical attachments. 

Quality assured by Postgraduate studies with Clinical attachment with Clinical attachment with
Bond University
& Plymouth University (UK)
Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Lyon
       
Accredited by Accredited by Recognised by  
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners  

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