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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)

COVID-Proof Courses

Our courses are now “COVID-proof”. In case of any COVID-related interruptions, we offer our guarantee of either a full refund or:

  • Complimentary entry into our courses anywhere in the world (Australia, NZ, UK)
  • Complimentary entry into our online Fundamental Certificate of Dermatoscopy which features 60% of the course material from our Advanced course. We are currently in the planning stages of finalising our online Advanced Certificate of Dermatoscopy course.
  • Copy of Cliff’s textbook and your Molescope device sent to you
  • 90% of delegates choose this option!

Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill (Convenors)

Key Information

Location: Owen Glenn Building at the University of Auckland

Address: 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Date: Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th February 2022 (Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy)

CME Credits: The Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 25 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. An additional (optional) 25 hours of CME credits are available on finishing a final examination.

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.

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.

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.

Our Full Programme

We reserve the right to alter the course to maximize your education

Saturday 19th February 2022 – Intermediate Dermatoscopy

You will be issued a mobile phone to access the online interactive quiz

The symposium will start with a rapid-fire quiz. Later, you will get individualised anonymous feedback comparing your pre- and post-symposium quiz results and how you compare with your colleagues. In turn, we will get feedback on how effective our teaching is.

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 and will discuss the fundamental building blocks of dermatoscopic language, and how these basic building blocks can combine into benign and malignant patterns with 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 naevi, in particular how dermatoscopic elements combine to form symmetrical patterns. 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.

A summary of the pertinent points covered so  far

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.

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.

Amanda will give you pragmatic guidelines on how (in daily practise) 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 a melanoma is a possibility (regardless of how remote). She will also discuss how to identify patients at high risk of developing a melanoma and how to manage these patients (advise, 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.

A summary of the  pertinent facts covered in the afternoon session

Sunday 20th February 2022 – Advanced Dermatoscopy

Prediction without Pigment is our preferred algorithm for diagnosing non-pigmented lesions. In this lecture there will 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. 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 in-situ and actinic keratosis. Professor Amanda Oakley.

As with the preceding talk this talk goes beyond deciding if the lesion is benign or malignant and drills down to the specific dermatoscopic features that favour the diagnosis of a BCC. Professor Cliff Rosendhal.

The face, acral and nail 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 lentigos, and pigmented acral lesions. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

A summary of the pertinent facts covered in the morning session.

Delicious lunch provided along with time for networking

Post-symposium quiz. Cliff will go over the quiz answers and field questions later in the afternoon. Prizes will be awarded to the top participants in the post-symposium quiz at the end of the day.

Chris and Andrew are seasoned GPs who are now full time skin cancer doctors in NZ. They are immersed in all aspects of diagnosing and managing skin cancers. Andrew will discuss cases which demonstrate much of what you have learnt over the preceding 2 days and provide tips to ensure you give yourself the best chance of diagnosing and managing skin cancers safely. Chris will finish with a succinct summary of all the key dermatoscopic diagnostic features that have been taught over the symposium. Dr Andrew and Dr Chris Boberg

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


Unlimited available
[EARLY BIRD] Certificate of Advanced Dermoscopy 2022 - Single payment$1,895.00 $1,695.00All delegates will receive a complimentary Molescope II dermatoscope (worth $445) with a free Universal Adaptor to be used for any mobile phone. Early Bird ends 23rd of Janurary 2022. Please use the code "RegistrarAdvanced" if you are a registrar or nurse for discounts.

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