This course is designed for general practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. There will be a greater focus on difficult and complex cases in general dermatology. The importance of accurate screening and the rules to avoid missing melanoma are also essential learning. Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this course.
This course is the final 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 professional diploma certificate course is the successful completion of the Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology (or
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
The 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:
Prof Richard P. Usatine
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.
Dr Christopher Ross
BSc (BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD
A/Prof Caterina Longo
Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Dr Daniel Stulberg
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.
This Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is delivered online in eight modules and uses Moodle as the learning management system. The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three 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 where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
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 professional diploma certificate:
This pathway is suitable for doctors and degree-qualified nurses who are mainly interested in
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.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Prostgraduate Diploma to a Master of Science in the specialty awarded by the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry.
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Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway
Upon completion of the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, participants can complete a Dermatology Clinical Attachment to increase the safety and accuracy of their work. Clinical Attachments in Dermatology are currently available at the university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon under the supervision of Professor Luc Thomas, and at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Harald Kittler.
Course graduates may also join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).