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Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy (Online)

The Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy online course is aimed at beginners to intermediates in the field of dermatoscopy and skin cancer. It is based on our highly rated and popular in-person courses attended by thousands of doctors, surgeons and nurses previously held in Oxford, London, Melbourne and Auckland, New Zealand rated 4.7/5 on Trustpilot (UK) or 4.7/5 Trustpilot (NZ).

You need an excellent foundation to confidently use your dermatoscope. Professor Cliff Rosendahl (University of Queensland, Australia) and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley (University of Auckland, New Zealand and the founder of Dermnet) 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 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.

All participants will receive a free Molescope II dermatoscope shipped worth $449 NZD (£227 or 449 AUD or $325 USD)

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.

Key Information

  • Fully accredited – Our online course has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), Royal College of General Practitioners New Zealand, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and this activity is pending RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) approval for 40 CPD activity points as an Accredited Activity.

  • Interactivity – Our revolutionary course combines the latest in video technology to mimic the whole experience of being in the audience. When Professor Cliff Rosendahl asks you a question in the lecture, you get to answer the question, live and right in the video. When the Professors point at something on the PowerPoint, our technology highlights what they are indicating.

  • Revolutionary learning platform – We also use industry-leading e-learning software to create interactive modules where we reinforce the lecture material to pinpoint and clarify certain topics.

  • Structured learning – We will have a structured 8-week learning program where you will be able to watch lectures, 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 with course content to fit in with your busy lifestyle. Rewind, rewatch and re-read at your own time.

  • Interactive forums – Our course co-ordinators are active, friendly and will respond to any questions that you may have

  • Start now! – rolling registrations every Sunday


Great course, online help was speedy and useful. Videos were great and the interactive nature made you pay attention
The information and quality of images were extremely good and in fact it was easier to see some of the subtleties in the images online compared to the textbook. [..] The advantage of being online is setting my own pace for digesting the rich material, reading the relevant parts of the course textbook again, and revising the information before moving on. That means I spent more time on the content than I would have at a face to face course.
Dr Mark Bevin

Really valuable information and learning with a lot of reinforcement in the continuous quizzes. Also logically laid out in its progression.

Dr Laura Daly

Really nice mix of text and video to convey the information. Made the course very enjoyable to do and very user friendly. The exam was set at a good level.

Dr Jim Lello
The text below each video was helpful to reiterate the important points. The ‘Practice points’ box was helpful. The diagrams included were helpful and relevant. A large library of dermatoscopic images was helpful
I think this is an excellent course that every GP should be taking at some stage in their career-the sooner the better but I appreciate there are many things for young GPs to get their heads around when early in their career. This course took a little of the mystery away from skin.

Really nice mix of text and video to convey the information. Made the course very enjoyable to do and very user friendly. The exam was set at a good level.

Dr Niamh Kernan

Our Speakers & Instructors

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 also 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 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 full thickness grafts for many years.

Our Full Programme

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.

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)


Unlimited available
[INTRODUCTORY pricing] for the Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy (online)$895.00Includes complimentary MoleScope II dermatoscope (worth $445 NZD) - a universal adaptor for all phones is included. Please use the code "registraronline" if you are a registrar or nurse for a $150 discount.

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