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 percent 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.
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
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
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:
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.
Module 1: Dermatological emergencies, vitiligo and skin infestations – Christopher Ross
You will learn to recognise and manage dermatological emergencies including erythroderma, drug reactions, necrotising fasciitis, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, meningococcal infections, and SJS/TEN. In the second section of this module, you will learn about vitiligo including new and emerging therapeutic modalities in treating these autoimmune disorders. In the third section, you will learn to identify parasitic diseases including scabies, strongyloidiasis stercoralis, strongyloides, cutaneous larva migrans, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, and the recommended treatment for these conditions.
Module 2: Treatment of dermatomyositis and sarcoidosis – Richard Usatine
You will learn to describe and manage the different types of systemic treatments for dermatomyositis and sarcoidosis and also learn how to minimise the osteoporosis effects when using long term prednisone. You will also learn how to monitor for side effects when using these systemic medications.
Module 3: Systemic treatment options for psoriasis and lichen planus – Richard Usatine
You will learn the systemic treatment options for psoriasis and lichen planus, collect patient clues to determine which treatment options are best for the patient, and compare the pros and cons of various treatments.
Module 4: Systemic treatment for atopic dermatitis, and the differential diagnosis and treatment of acne - Caterina Longo
You will improve your ability to accurately diagnose and manage cases of atopic dermatitis, recognise differences in infant, childhood and adult presentations of atopic dermatitis, and learn to diagnose and manage conditions associated with and sometimes confused with atopic dermatitis.
Module 5: Patch testing, contact dermatitis and cutaneous lymphomas – Christopher Ross
You will learn the role of patch testing, how to interpret results, how to differentiate between allergic and irritant contact dermatitis, and how to manage these conditions. You will understand the role of patch testing with cutaneous lymphomas, compound and other allergies, and complications that may occur with patch testing. You will increase your knowledge of the common primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, mycosis fungoides, sezary sundrome, lymphomatoid papulosis, primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, and leukaemia cutis.
Module 6: Cicatricial alopecia and rare nail disorders – Zoe Apalla
You will learn about diseases resulting in nail changes including Beau’s lines, onychomadesis, nail pitting, onychorrhexis, pterygium, trachyonychia, true leukonychia, koilonychia, onycholysis, onychauxis, splinter haemorrhages, discolouration, clubbing, onychogryphosis, median canaliform dystrophy, ingrowing toenail, paronychia, subungual haematoma, pincer nails, and tumours of the nail bed. You will also learn about alopecias, understand their causal factors, and learn how to manage these conditions.
Module 7: Hidradenitis suppurativa and bullous pemphigoid – Jonathan Karnes
You will learn how to diagnose hidradenitis suppurativa including identifying risk factors, make treatment decisions and monitor combination antibiotic therapy and biologic therapy safely. You will learn to identify associated disorders and syndromes. In the second section of this module, you will learn to determine the correct steps to differentiate blistering disorders and make treatment decisions for patients with blistering disorders.
Module 8: More challenging cases - Christopher Ross
You will review various challenging dermatology cases, recognise their causal factors, and learn to diagnose and manage more complex dermatological conditions.
Prof Richard P. Usatine
Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Texas, USA
Founder and Medical Director, University Health System Skin Clinic, 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, 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.
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.
A/Prof Caterina Longo
Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Associate Professor Caterina Longo is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Although providing the best care possible for patients remains her primary goal, she also committed to education and clinical research. She is actively involved in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical nevi, Spitz/Reed nevi and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Caterina’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as dermoscopy and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development. She pioneered the use of ex vivo fluorescence confocal microscopy for micrographic Mohs surgery applied for basal cell carcinoma and other visceral tumours. Caterina lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally.
Dr Christopher Ross
BMBS, BSc(BiomedSc)(Hons), FACD – Dermatologist
Dr Christopher Ross is a graduate of Flinders Medical Centre and trained in dermatology in South Australia with experience in all major dermatology specialist units. He commenced work with Darwin Dermatology in Tiwi in February 2017.Christopher visits multiple rural locations in South Australia in addition to Western Hospital, Henley Beach for private clinics. He also holds visiting dermatology specialist positions at Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia. His interests include general dermatology (eczema, acne, psoriasis and inflammatory dermatology), as well as drug eruptions, infections, paediatric dermatology, hair and nail disorders, and skin cancer medicine.
Dr Jonathan B. Karnes
Dr Jonathan B. Karnes is a family medicine physician with special fellowship training in dermatology. He is employed by MDFMR Dermatology Services and is a member of Maine General Medical Center's active staff. He is also a faculty member in the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program.
Jonathan’s special interest areas include:
- Advancement flaps
- Burn therapy (excluding burns requiring grafting)
- Cryotherapy of skin lesions
- Destruction of malignant skin lesions by electrosurgery or cryosurgery
- Excision/biopsy of skin lesions without grafting
- Fricke graft for small skin defects
- Incision and drainage of superficial abscesses and haematomas
- Intermediate and complex facial repairs
- Local infiltration anaesthesia with minor nerve blocks
- Patch tests for allergy diagnosis
Dr Zoe Apalla
Consultant Dermatologist, State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr Zoe Apalla was board certified in dermatology in 2008 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She was trained in dermatopathology at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London in 2010 and obtained her PhD degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2013.
Zoe has worked as a consultant in the First Dermatology Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2010. She oversees the Supportive Oncology Outpatient Clinic and the Skin Cancer Outpatient Clinic, and the department’s dermatopathology laboratory. She also holds General Dermatology and Inflammatory Dermatoses Outpatient Clinics.
Zoe’s main research fields include skin oncology, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, topical treatments, photodynamic therapy and dermatoscopy. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals and has lectured at many international and national congresses and meetings.
Trimester 2 | 2018
4 May 2018
Course Starts: 7 May 2018
Exam Open: 30 Jul 2018
Course Ends: 24 Aug 2018
Trimester 3 | 2018
31 Aug 2018
Course Starts: 3 Sep 2018
Exam Open: 26 Nov 2018
Course Ends: 21 Dec 2018
Trimester 1 | 2019
4 Jan 2019
Course Starts: 7 Jan 2019
Exam Open: 1 Apr 2019
Course Ends: 26 Apr 2019
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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.
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 and apply your knowledge.
- 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.
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:
recognisedby Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognisesall courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory.
- Is quality-assured by Bond University.
recognisedby the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognisesall 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.
- Provides credit for Postgraduate Diploma in General Dermatology which is studied online at the Rila Institute of Health Sciences which in turn provides credit for a Master of Science in Dermatology awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
Professional Diploma Pathway
This course is the second stage of the professional diploma pathway. The full 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, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 of the Rila Institute/Plymouth University Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology.
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 40 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth
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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.