World-class Dermatoscopy & Surgical Training Made Simple

As doctors, we are often the first and sometimes the only ones to see our patient’s skin. Unfortunately, we have little training in diagnosing skin cancers and hence most of us, feel anxious when confronted with a patient concerned with “a changing mole”. How can we improve our confidence? The best way without doubt is with training in dermatoscopy which allows you recognise skin cancers earlier and with greater precision. Traditional dermatoscopy teaching has been complicated and difficult. The Skin Cancer Symposium delivers world-class teaching by Professor Amanda Oakley, the founder of Dermnet and from Professor Cliff Rosendahl, the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and ‘Pigment without Prediction’. Cliff and Amanda break down dermatoscopy teaching into simple easy to follow algorithms. You will be able to apply these algorithms the very next day in your practice with your complimentary MoleScope II dermatoscope (free Universal Adaptor is now included) *. Amanda and Cliff’s teaching will be complemented by experienced GP Skin Cancer specialists who will ensure the teaching is highly practical to general practice

Convenors: Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill

Overview

  • Highest Quality Teaching – our average rating of hundreds of GPs, nurses and surgeons is 4.7/5 (94%)

  • We make it easy – dermatoscopy does not need to be hard, our Professors will teach you in simple to understand terms

  • Complimentary Molescope II dermatoscope – so you can start doing dermatoscopy the very next day at your rooms. Every Molescope II digital dermatoscope now comes with a free Universal Adaptor for any mobile phone.

  • Interactive sessions – We will provide lots of examples, quizzes and repetition to help reinforce key points. A new interactive tool will be used to encourage audience engagement. Our new tool means you can talk with your lecturer anonymously, ask questions and vote. It is a game changer technology and we will use this to help us understand what you do and don’t understand and address accordingly.

  • COVID-Proof Courses – In the event of any COVID interruptions, we will either refund the delegate fee or offer entry to our next in-person course anywhere in the world plus we will send to you a Molescope 2 device, our textbook (if included in the course) as well as complimentary entry into our revolutionary online Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy course.

  • RNZCGP Accredited courses – Skin Cancer Symposium courses has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 30 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. The number of credits is dependent on each course.

Fundamentals of Diagnosing a Melanoma

Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland in his usual entertaining, insightful and direct way, talks about the importance of “knowing your mothers face” – a very effective way to use pattern recognition to help identify dermatoscopic lesions.

Our Speakers

Professor Cliff Rosendahl University of Queensland

Cliff is a Medical Practitioner of 40 years’ experience, with a background in general practice and forensic medicine. His PhD project was in the field of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Cliff collaborated with colleagues in Brisbane and Vienna to research the early diagnosis of melanoma and together they have evaluated and promoted the diagnostic method Chaos and Clues. Cliff is a Professor at The University of Queensland where he is director of the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) degree course and visiting Professor, Department of Dermatology at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He has published over 70 papers in peer-review scientific journals and is author of a textbook on dermatoscopy, published in 8 languages and is a contributing author to several other textbooks in English and two in Spanish. Cliff has a busy schedule as an invited speaker to general practitioner and dermatologist groups both in Australia and internationally

Adjunct Associate Professor Amanda Oakley CNZM
University of Auckland

Amanda is a dermatologist in Hamilton, New Zealand. She is passionate about dermatoscopy, avoiding unnecessary excisions, and early diagnosis of melanoma. She is passionate about medical education. Dr Oakley is well known internationally for the popular online resource, DermNet New Zealand, and for her work in teledermatology. She is very proud to have been awarded honorary membership of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and Melnet New Zealand. She lectures internationally about teledermatology and dermoscopy, and regularly facilitates workshops on dermoscopy.

Mr Richard Martin
Melanoma Surgeon. Senior Lecturer (Auckland)

Richard is a New Zealand trained General Surgeon who spent two and a half years at the Sydney Cancer Centre specialising in Melanoma and Head and Neck surgery. Most of his time was spent at the Sydney Melanoma Unit. During his time in Sydney he completed a Master of Surgery in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sydney. As a Surgical Oncologist Richard assesses and treats all forms of melanoma, skin and head/neck cancer. Richard has published in numerous academic journals, is a regular presenter at international conferences and is actively involved in research and clinical trials. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Dr Chris Boberg
Deputy Chair Melnet NZ. Chair of New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctors.

Chris is a GP with a longstanding interest in skin cancer. He has been in full-time practice as a skin cancer doctor since 2011. He has numerous qualifications in skin cancer including Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery (Queensland). Advanced Dermatosopy (Graz University, Austria).  He is the Deputy Chair of Melnet New Zealand and the Chair of New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctors. As one of New Zealand’s leading skin cancer experts he has been a strong advocate for skin cancer prevention and treatment.

Ms Katherine Gale
Breast & Melanoma Surgeon

Katherine is one of a few female specialist oncoplastic breast surgeons in New Zealand who practice all aspects of breast oncology and reconstruction. An expert in minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for all types of breast disease and, following a breast cancer diagnosis, she can offer a full range of partial and whole breast reconstruction. Katherine believes in offering evidence based research to patients when tailoring a surgical solution, and has done extensive research in both breast oncology and reconstruction.

Dr Andrew MacGill
Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, GPwSI

Andrew is a GP who has had a special interest in medical and surgical management of skin cancer since 1998. As of 2015 after 25 years as a GP in New Zealand he has become a full-time skin cancer doctor. He is completing a Master’s in dermatoscopy at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. He has also undergone additional training in cutaneous surgery here in New Zealand and in San Diego. He is highly experienced and meticulous with all forms of cutaneous surgery and has been using complex flaps and grafts for many years. Andrew is a very experienced dermatoscopist.

Dr Martin Denby
Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GP, GPwSI

Martin is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP). He was completed two short courses in Australia in 2010, Skin Cancer Surgery and Advanced Dermoscopy (early diagnosis of skin cancers under the microscope). He then underwent a further 4 years post-graduate study, completing a Masters Degree in Skin Cancer from the University of Queensland in 2014. He is an affiliated skin cancer provider for Southern Cross Healthcare and performs skin cancer surgery for Waitemata District Health Board. He is also on the Dermatological Subcommittee for PTAC (Pharmac’s primary clinical advisory committee).

Dr Kasia Mackenzie
Plastic Surgeon
FRACS(Plast), PhD (Skin Cancer)

Dr Mackenzie is a plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. Dr Mackenzie received her medical doctor degree from the Medical University of Warsaw. She subsequently moved to New Zealand and underwent training in plastic surgery in Christchurch and Auckland, culminating in the award of full accreditation in Plastic Surgery by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, FRACS(Plast) in 2015. Dr Mackenzie then trained extensively both in the UK and internationally and undertook a number of prestigious fellowships over three years, working alongside world leaders in both plastic and hand surgery.

Our Course Structure

It is our pleasure at Skin Cancer Symposiums to bring you Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland, Australia and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

As doctors, we are often the first and sometimes the only ones to see our patient’s skin. But we have little training and hence most of us, little confidence in confidently diagnosing skin lesions. How can we improve our confidence? The best way, without a doubt, is with training in dermatoscopy which will help you recognise skin cancers earlier and with greater precision.

Traditional dermatoscopy courses have been complicated and difficult to follow due to the teaching of numerous complex algorithms at the same time. Skin Cancer Symposiums has created a simplified approach using what is increasingly recognised as the two most user-friendly algorithms (one for pigmented lesions and one for non-pigmented lesions) to deliver a unique world-class teaching event. Professor Cliff Rosendahl, the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and ‘Pigment without Prediction’, breaks down dermatoscopy teaching into simpleeasy to follow algorithms. Professor Amanda Oakley, the founder of the world-famous dermatology resource Dermnet will be adding to Cliff’s insights.

In addition, Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill will provide practical talks on the day to day application of dermatoscopy.

The interactive presentations take you through a sequence of “black and white” enquiries of your observations to help you determine if a lesion is benign or malignant. The decision to excise or not is then followed by “how to make a specific diagnosis” for each benign and malignant lesion (nevus, solar lentigo, dermatofibroma, melanoma, SCC, BCC etc).

The Certificate in Advanced Dermatoscopy is a carefully orchestrated educational process that ensures you develop a solid footing in dermatoscopy for the safe clinical management of skin cancers.

This unique course is highly rated and runs in London, Melbourne, California and Auckland with over 1000 participants to date (GP, surgeons, dermatologists and nurses) giving close to 5/5 reviews.

COVID interruptions

Currently, our course is postponed due to the breaking of the Australia – New Zealand COVID bubble. We would love to welcome Cliff to New Zealand on 19-20th of February 2022.

We are currently working on sophisticated IT/audiovisual solutions to enable Cliff to present remotely in a way that is similar to his presentations in person (if there is any COVID interruptions).

In the interim, we would like to offer a special deal to delegates who would like to sign-up in advance to our course.

  • Complimentary Entry into our online Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy course
    • This is a ground-breaking, innovative, 8-week course that uses the latest in e-learning technologies to replicate the whole experience of a live conference.
    • A standout feature is the ability to answer questions from the lecturers whilst watching each video – as per the real-life experience.
    • The course is based online so it is available 24/7 allowing you to “learn” at times that suit you.
    • The course is CME approved by the Royal College of GPs in NZ, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (and soon to be approved by RCGPs and many others).
    • You can read more about the course here: https://www.skincancersymposiums.com/symposium/certificate-of-fundamental-dermatoscopy-online-2021/
    • If you want to get a “hands-on feel for the course”, you can access a trial here: https://learn.skincancersymposiums.com/. The “email address” is demo and the “password” is demo.
  • MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST) with a Universal Adaptor for any mobile phone device.
  • Textbook: A copy of Professor Cliff Rosendahl’s latest textbook – Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A handbook for hunters of skin cancer and melanoma (value $115)
  • Dermengine – 100 free paid consultations package worth $500
  • Flexible entry – you can come to our in-person course in 2021 in Auckland or in any of the cities that we offer our courses (Melbourne or London)

The course will cover:

The importance of using a dermatoscope in general practice is now well recognised. The dermatoscope is a more useful tool than any other tool that might adorn your metaphorical white coat. This brief talk describes how to use your dermatoscope correctly, the usefulness of using both the polarised and non-polarised modes on the dermatoscope, as well the pros and cons of contact and non-contact dermatoscopy. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Whilst the perfect full and systematic skin check isn’t always possible in the context of a GP appointment it will provide you with the gold standard which you can use for patients at high risk who agree to return for an appointment purely dedicated to a “skin check”. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Dermatoscopy has evolved from subjective and confusing metaphorical language into an objective “teachable” descriptive language (revised pattern analysis). Cliff is a pioneer in this area of dermatoscopy will discuss the fundamental building blocks of dermatoscopic language, and how these basic building blocks can combine into benign and malignant patterns and their biologic symmetry or asymmetry. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Professor Amanda Oakley a world expert in dermatoscopy will talk about how to identify common melanocytic naevi. This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of nevi, in particular how dermatoscopic elements combine to form symmetrical patterns. She will discuss the concepts of Chaos of Pattern and Chaos of Colour in relation to naevi. Recognising benign lesions is a fundamental skill and will reduce the number of unnecessay excisions or referrals you make. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Professor Amanda Oakley, who has been educating dermatologists and GPs in dermatoscopy in NZ and around the world for a decade or more, will present a fascinating summary. This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of the solar lentigo, seborrhoeic keratosis, dermatofibroma, sebaceous hyperplasia, angioma and cyst. Recognising benign lesions is a fundamental skill and will reduce the number of unnecessary excisions or referrals you make. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Chaos and Clues is an algorithm to help you diagnose what pigmented lesions need excising. The specific diagnosis isn’t required. Melanomas, SCCs and BCCs can all be pigmented or non-pigmented. Professor Cliff Rosendahl in another dynamic lecture will make all this abundantly clear and make you laugh as well! Cliff is a co-author of the Chaos and Clues algorithm. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Cliff will build on his previous lecture and provide plenty of repetition with new and interesting examples of how to apply the Chaos and Clues algorithm. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Amanda will give you pragmatic guidelines on how (in daily practice) to manage a lesion that melanoma is in the potential differential diagnosis. Some of these lesions will require urgent attention and others can be monitored over months or even years sometimes. These decisions are often based on your clinical assessment (nodular or flat, rate of change etc). Amanda will also discuss surgical margins for excision of any lesion that melanoma is a possibility (regardless of how remote). Also how to identify patients high risk of developing melanoma and how to manage these patients (advice re self-surveillance, and frequency of medical review). The role of sentinel node biopsies and the effectiveness of the latest treatment regimes for patients with metastatic melanoma is forever changing. Amanda will provide a brief update. Professor Amanda Oakley.

It is our pleasure at Skin Cancer Symposiums to bring you Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland, Australia and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

As doctors, we are often the first and sometimes the only ones to see our patient’s skin. But we have little training and hence most of us, little confidence in confidently diagnosing skin lesions. How can we improve our confidence? The best way, without a doubt, is with training in dermatoscopy which will help you recognise skin cancers earlier and with greater precision.

Traditional dermatoscopy courses have been complicated and difficult to follow due to the teaching of numerous complex algorithms at the same time. Skin Cancer Symposiums has created a simplified approach using what is increasingly recognised as the two most user-friendly algorithms (one for pigmented lesions and one for non-pigmented lesions) to deliver a unique world-class teaching event. Professor Cliff Rosendahl, the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and ‘Pigment without Prediction’, breaks down dermatoscopy teaching into simpleeasy to follow algorithms. Professor Amanda Oakley, the founder of the world-famous dermatology resource Dermnet will be adding to Cliff’s insights.

In addition, Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill will provide practical talks on the day to day application of dermatoscopy.

The interactive presentations take you through a sequence of “black and white” enquiries of your observations to help you determine if a lesion is benign or malignant. The decision to excise or not is then followed by “how to make a specific diagnosis” for each benign and malignant lesion (nevus, solar lentigo, dermatofibroma, melanoma, SCC, BCC etc).

The Certificate in Advanced Dermatoscopy is a carefully orchestrated educational process that ensures you develop a solid footing in dermatoscopy for the safe clinical management of skin cancers.

This unique course is highly rated and runs in London, Melbourne, California and Auckland with over 1000 participants to date (GP, surgeons, dermatologists and nurses) giving close to 5/5 reviews.

COVID interruptions

Currently, our course is postponed due to the breaking of the Australia – New Zealand COVID bubble. We would love to welcome Cliff to New Zealand on 19-20th of February 2022.

We are currently working on sophisticated IT/audiovisual solutions to enable Cliff to present remotely in a way that is similar to his presentations in person (if there is any COVID interruptions).

In the interim, we would like to offer a special deal to delegates who would like to sign-up in advance to our course.

  • Complimentary Entry into our online Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy course
    • This is a ground-breaking, innovative, 8-week course that uses the latest in e-learning technologies to replicate the whole experience of a live conference.
    • A standout feature is the ability to answer questions from the lecturers whilst watching each video – as per the real-life experience.
    • The course is based online so it is available 24/7 allowing you to “learn” at times that suit you.
    • The course is CME approved by the Royal College of GPs in NZ, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (and soon to be approved by RCGPs and many others).
    • You can read more about the course here: https://www.skincancersymposiums.com/symposium/certificate-of-fundamental-dermatoscopy-online-2021/
    • If you want to get a “hands-on feel for the course”, you can access a trial here: https://learn.skincancersymposiums.com/. The “email address” is demo and the “password” is demo.
  • MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST) with a Universal Adaptor for any mobile phone device.
  • Textbook: A copy of Professor Cliff Rosendahl’s latest textbook – Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A handbook for hunters of skin cancer and melanoma (value $115)
  • Dermengine – 100 free paid consultations package worth $500
  • Flexible entry – you can come to our in-person course in 2021 in Auckland or in any of the cities that we offer our courses (Melbourne or London)

The course will cover:

Prediction without Pigment is our preferred algorithm for diagnosing non-pigmented lesions. In this lecture you will get lots of repetition on the dermatoscopy of non-pigmented lesions. These can include naevi, melanomas, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). This is an amazing lecture given with humour and passion by Professor Cliff Rosendahl who is a co-author of the ‘Prediction without Pigment’ algorithm. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) are the second most common skin cancer and can be lethal. This lecture will cover the dermatoscopic features of SCC, SCC insitu and actinic keratosis. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course.

As with the preceding talk this talk goes beyond deciding if the lesion is benign or malignant and drills down to the specific diagnosis of BCCs. Fundamental management options will also be discussed Professor Cliff Rosendhal.

The face and acral regions are special locations with additional features to look for to aid in your decision-making process. This talk will discuss the specific dermatoscopic features of lentigo maligna, pigmented actinic keratoses, solar lentigo, and pigmented acral lesions. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

This talk will outline high yield, useful tips and tricks for everyday practice.

Case examples of common clinical scenarios. When to monitor, when to biospy, why one person’s naevus is another person’s melanoma — a similar lesion on different patients will require different management strategies (signature naevi, new naevi in a young versus an older person, Spitz naevi etc). The interpretation of histology reports and the myth of the dysplastic naevus will also be discussed. Professor Amanda Oakley and Professor Cliff Rosendahl

We will use this time to answer any questions and to clarify topics taught.

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Dates: 12th of September 2021

The Professional Certificate of Clinical Dermatoscopy by Skin Cancer Symposiums is aimed at doctors and nurses who have had some experience in dermatoscopy but would like further their knowledge to diagnose better, reduce unnecessary excisions, deal with difficult acral/nail or facial lesions, manage patients with hundreds of atypical naevi, difficult to diagnose pink lesions and to be medico legally safe when doing sequential dermatoscopy. The course is designed to be highly practical in everyday practice using a case-based approach with a focus on interactivity and in a small class environment.

The topics covered will be:

  • Chaos and Clues and Prediction without Pigment Refresher: A Case-Based Approach – Cliff will refresh your knowledge on these practical and useful algorithms using interesting clinical cases.
  • Skin lesion referrals and photography – Amanda will outline a primer on clinical photography of clinical and dermatoscopic lesions as well as tips on skin lesion referrals.
  • Sequential dermatoscopy – Amanda will draw from her extensive experience with Molemap to discuss indications for sequential dermatoscopy, definitions of ‘significant change’ and how to remain medicolegally safe.
  • Facial pigmented and non-pigmented skin lesions – Facial skin lesions can be a dermatoscopic conundrum. Cliff will, using a case-based approach discuss the specific diagnosis of facial lesions and the pitfalls of diagnosing a flat pigmented lesion on the face as a naevus.
  • Acral lesions and the nail unit – Amanda will discuss everything you need to know about acral and nail unit lesions (black/white/red stripes). Plus she will tell you an easy way to differentiate between furrows and ridges.
  • Non-pigmented skin lesions – pink lesions can be difficult to diagnose but Cliff will outline a system to help give a specific diagnoses for pink lesions and be safe medicolegally.
  • Virtual Patient Quiz – Atypical Naevi – in a Quiz format, Cliff will outline his approach to patients with hundreds of atypical looking naevi.

All delegates will receive a complimentary Molescope II dermatoscope (worth $445) with a free Universal Adaptor that can be used with all mobile phones.

This course has been approved by the Royal NZ College of GPs for reimbursement as an approved ‘Conference’ (up to $590 including GST) for GPEP 1 registrars.

Our course will cover:

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will give a summary of the Chaos and Clues and the Prediction without Pigment algorithms for pigmented and non pigmented skin lesions. He will illustrate the use of these algorithms with different cases. He will cover exceptions to algorithms, the common pitfalls, common mistakes and tips on diagnosing seborrheic keratosis.

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will discuss the finer points on referrals for skin lesions. She will also give a primer on practical photography for clinical and dermatoscopic photos.

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will discuss sequential dermatoscopy. Professor Oakley has had many years of experience in sequential dermatoscopy via her work with Molemap. She would share with you her indications for sequential dermatoscopy and the definition of ‘significant’ dermatoscopic change (which can vary depending on the patient’s age and the time between sequential dermatoscopic photos). She will also touch on the medico-legal aspects of having a sequential dermatoscopy system for your practice.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will, using a case based approach discuss the diagnosis of facial lesions both pigmented and non-pigmented. He will discuss how to tackle these difficult dermatoscopic problems in a simplified way. He will also discuss how a flat, pigmented lesion on the face is unlikely to be a naevus.

In this session, Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will discuss a logical system to approach acral and nail unit lesions in a case-based way. She will outline an approach for the follow-up of new pigmented lesions on acral skin as well as her tips on differentiating between furrows and ridges. She will discuss ways to exclude pigmented and non-pigmented diagnoses of the nail as well as a way to approach white or red nail stripes (longitudinal leuconychia and erythronychia).

Non-pigmented skin lesions have less specific clues to diagnosis. However, sometimes medical-legally, it is helpful to give a more confident diagnosis on difficult to classify non-pigmented skin lesions. Professor Cliff Rosendahl will review the use of Revised Pattern Analysis to help diagnose non-pigmented skin lesions and will develop a method to deal with them practically.

Patients with many atypical naevi are at higher risk of melanoma however their management can be complex and difficult as many of their lesions all look unusual. Professor Cliff Rosendahl will go through multiple cases of patients with lots of atypical naevi and provide a practical approach to determine benign from malignant lesions – all in an interactive quiz.

Dates: Weekly intake each Sunday

The Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy online course is aimed at beginners to intermediates in the field of dermatoscopy and skin cancer. You need an excellent foundation to confidently use your dermatoscope. Professor Cliff Rosendahl and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley together will ensure you have a confident feel for the basics of dermatoscopy. They will cover the basics of the various dermatoscopic instruments, the language used, the fundamental dermatoscopic features of common benign lesions and the use of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and “Prediction without Pigment” which are algorithms co-founded by Professor Cliff Rosendahl. They both provide a safe way to decide which lesions can be left and which require excising (this is achieved without needing to diagnose exactly what the lesion is). The algorithms are presented in a simple and easy to follow way with plenty of examples and repetition. Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will then expertly guide you through the fundamentals of diagnosing of benign lesions. On completion of the online course, you will have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of dermatoscopy and how it will help you diagnose and manage the lesion in front of you.

Without a doubt, you’ll be fascinated by the world of dermatoscopy and how it will improve your enjoyment and ability to manage skin lesions on your patients. And what a relief it will be to be able to say to your patient confidently that the black “mole” they are concerned about is fine!

We offer a complimentary demo of our course with limited course material here. Username and password is: demo.

This course has been approved by the Royal NZ College of GPs for reimbursement as an approved ‘Conference’ (up to $590 including GST) for GPEP 1 registrars.

Main highlights of our course:

  • Interactivity – Our revolutionary course combines the latest in video technology to mimic the experience of being at a live event. For example, when Professor Cliff Rosendahl asks the audience a question, the video will stop whilst you have the opportunity to answer the question. When presenters point at areas on the PowerPoint slides, our technology highlights what they are pointing at whilst you watch the video.
  • Revolutionary learning platform – We also use industry-leading e-learning software to create interactive modules to reinforce the lecture material.
  • Structured learning – The course is a structured 8-week learning program where you will watch lectures, read associated information, do weekly quizzes and also participate in discussions.
  • 24/7 on-demand content – Lecture content and resources are available 24/7 on-demand. Learn at your own pace and fit your education in with your busy lifestyle. Rewind, rewatch and re-read in your own time.
  • Interactive forums – The course co-ordinators are active, friendly and will respond to any questions that you may have

Our course will cover:

Course Structure:

  • Week 1 – Lesson 1 – Introduction to Dermatoscopy (instantly available)
  • Week 2 – Lesson 2 – Language of Dermatoscopy (instantly available)
  • Week 3 – Lesson 3 – Benign Melanocytic Lesions (Naevi) (will be available after 2 weeks)
  • Week 4 – Lesson 4 – Benign Non-Melanocytic Lesions (will be available after 3 weeks)
  • Week 5 – Lesson 5 – Chaos and Clues (will be available after 4 weeks)
  • Week 6 – Lesson 5 – Chaos and clues (will be available after 4 weeks)
  • Week 7 – Lesson 6 – Prediction without Pigment (will be available after 6 weeks)
  • Week 8 – Lesson 7 – Malignancies of the Skin (will be available after 7 weeks)

The importance of using a dermatoscope in general practice is now well recognised. The dermatoscope is a more useful tool than any other tool that might adorn your metaphorical white coat. This brief talk describes how to use your dermatoscope correctly, the usefulness of using both the polarised and non-polarised modes on the dermatoscope, as well the pros and cons of contact and non-contact dermatoscopy. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Whilst the perfect full and systematic skin check isn’t always possible in the context of a GP appointment it will provide you with the gold standard which you can use for patients at high risk who agree to return for an appointment purely dedicated to a “skin check”. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Dermatoscopy has evolved from subjective and confusing metaphorical language into an objective “teachable” descriptive language (revised pattern analysis). Cliff is a pioneer in this area of dermatoscopy will discuss the fundamental building blocks of dermatoscopic language, and how these basic building blocks can combine into benign and malignant patterns and their biologic symmetry or asymmetry. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Professor Amanda Oakley a world expert in dermatoscopy will talk about how to identify common melanocytic naevi. This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of nevi, in particular how dermatoscopic elements combine to form symmetrical patterns. She will discuss the concepts of Chaos of Pattern and Chaos of Colour in relation to naevi. Recognising benign lesions is a fundamental skill and will reduce the number of unnecessay excisions or referrals you make. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Professor Amanda Oakley, who has been educating dermatologists and GPs in dermatoscopy in NZ and around the world for a decade or more, will present a fascinating summary. This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of the solar lentigo, seborrhoeic keratosis, dermatofibroma, sebaceous hyperplasia, angioma and cyst. Recognising benign lesions is a fundamental skill and will reduce the number of unnecessary excisions or referrals you make. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Chaos and Clues is an algorithm to help you diagnose what pigmented lesions need excising. The specific diagnosis isn’t required. Melanomas, SCCs and BCCs can all be pigmented or non-pigmented. Professor Cliff Rosendahl in another dynamic lecture will make all this abundantly clear and make you laugh as well! Cliff is a co-author of the Chaos and Clues algorithm. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Prediction without Pigment is our preferred algorithm for diagnosing non-pigmented lesions. In this lecture you will get lots of repetition on the dermatoscopy of non-pigmented lesions. These can include naevi, melanomas, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). This is an amazing lecture given with humour and passion by Professor Cliff Rosendahl who is a co-author of the ‘Prediction without Pigment’ algorithm. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

We will cover the basics of the clinical and dermatoscopic features of BCCs, SCCs and Melanomas with lots of annotated images and quizzes to reinforce your teaching. We will discuss them in detail in our advanced course.

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Pricing

Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy

1695Excluding GST
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • FREE textbook Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A handbook for hunters of skin cancer and melanoma
  • FREE 100 Pre-Paid Dermengine Consults valued at $500
  • Registrar pricing: $1495
  • University of Auckland – Owen G Glenn Building
  • Early Bird pricing
  • $1595 + GST without dermatoscope

Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy (Online)

895Excluding GST
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • 8 week course
  • Course enrolment every Sunday
  • Registrar pricing: $745
  • Online course – work at your own pace
  • Introductory pricing applies
  • $845 + GST without dermatoscope

Professional Certificate of Clinical Dermatoscopy

895Excluding GST
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • 1 day course
  • 12th of September 2021
  • Registrar pricing: $745
  • University of Auckland – Owen G Glenn Building
  • Early Bird pricing
  • $795 + GST without dermatoscope

Discounts Q & A

  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners can take advantage of the registrar pricing
  • If you did not want a dermatoscope, we can deduct $100 + GST off the purchase price (use code NODERMATOSCOPE at checkout)

Reviews

” Great organisation, fantastic presenters, dermatoscope discount was awesome – whole conference had a relaxed and comfortable feel to it “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Kept it very relevant to level of general practice “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Great variety of presentations, passionate and highly professional presenters with good humour

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Lots of pictures , lots of reinforcement. Very clear and engaging speakers “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Specialists were very clinically based, exceptionally so, really appreciated. This was further supported by GP expert presenters “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” One of the best workshops I have been on. Privilege to be taught by such great teachers. Very well done to the organisers. “

NZ GP Symposium 2017 Participant

” Kept it very relevant to level of general practice “

NZ GP Symposium 2017 Participant

” Provided attendees with pre-symposium reading and video material. Excellent panel of speakers including advertorial speakers who kept everyone in the room until the very end! Good opportunities to interact with the panellists. Slido actually made me ask two questions I may have otherwise be too embarrassed to ask “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Learnt so much. Content was well delivered and appropriate to our level. Enjoyed having the tests at regular intervals throughout the course and also great to have audience questions answered promptly. Presenters really approachable after lectures. Great course!! “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” The dermatoscopy and surgical sessions were really good. I found Cliff Rosendahl to be very entertaining!! Both he and Amanda are a fountain of information, and Chris and Andrew had good tips for GPs and common sense suggestions “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Probably one of the best skin symposiums I have attended! Loved the primary care focus. Great interactive sessions and very approachable and funny presenters. “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

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