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The Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy course is aimed at beginners 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’ which is an algorithm co-founded by Professor Cliff Rosendahl. ‘Chaos and Clues’ provides you with a safe way to decide which pigmented lesions can be left and which require excising (this is achieved without needing to diagnose exactly what the lesion is). The algorithm is 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 BCCs and SCCs. On completion of the 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.

You will leave the symposium with the skills and all the necessary tools to be up and running on your first day back at work. 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!

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.

Dr Chris Boberg (Convenor)
Chair New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctors and Deputy Chair of Melnet NZ

Key Information & Venue

Location: Whenua Pupuke, North Shore Hospital, Auckland

Address: 124 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna

Date: Saturday 2nd July 2022

CME Credits: The Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 12 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Parking: Complimentary

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 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

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

Dr Chris Boberg will discuss housekeeping.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will discuss how a dermatoscope helps you to diagnose what a skin lesion is and how to use your scope.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will discuss the fundamentals of the dermatoscopic language, clarify terminology, and explain the basics of ‘Revised Pattern Analysis’,  a reproducible and systematic dermatoscopic method.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will go through a series of images both dermatoscopic and clinical that will demonstrate “Type 1 thinking” to rapidly in a blink identify the “ugly duckling” / “outlier” as a suspicious lesion.

Morning tea and snacks for networking

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will discuss the important dermatoscopic features that facilitate confident recognition of the many benign lesions. This course has been developed to teach you how to recognize the most common benign lesions. The advanced course will expand your skills for more accurate dermatoscopic recognition of less common but important to know benign lesions.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will outline this most important algorithm for your clinical tool kit when dealing with pigmented lesions. ‘Chaos and clues’ facilitates rapid dermatoscopic recognition of melanomas and other suspicious pigmented lesions. The first half of the algorithm assesses for the presence of chaos and the second half assesses the presence of one or more key dermatoscopic clues. Cliff is the main author of  ‘Chaos and Clues’ and hence is well placed to clarify any of your questions. There will be interactive quizzes throughout.

Delicious & nutritious lunch with time for networking

Professor Cliff Rosendahl: Chaos and Clues. Part 2

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will emphasise and outline the key dermatosopic features of SCCs and BCCs

Professor Chris Rosendahl: Quizzes and reflection

In this session, Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will discuss the medical management of keratinocytic cancer (ie BCCs and SCCs).

Professor Cliff Rosendahl. Cliff will discuss the emerging role of  AI in dermatoscopy and the diagnosis of skin cancers. How will AI effect your practice? It is likely it will assist doctors not replace them.