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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.

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

Key Information & Venue

Location: Owen Glenn Building at the University of Auckland

Address: 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Date: Friday 11th February 2022

CME Credits: The Professional Certificate of Clinical 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.

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 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.

Professor Amanda Oakley will make a quiz to test the knowledge learnt from this highly practical course.

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