Certificate of Surgical and Medical Management of Skin Cancer 2018 (Workshop)

/Certificate of Surgical and Medical Management of Skin Cancer 2018 (Workshop)
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We cater for beginners on how to do the basics well, because we know that the simple ellipse will form the backbone of everyday practice. So we make sure that you learn from the best, in hand’s on practical small group training to build a solid foundation for practice. We will also cover the practical aspects for punch biopsy, shave excisions, non surgical medical treatments and discussions on the danger areas for excisions. Taught by leading surgeons and GP Skin Cancer specialists. The surgical sessions will be full of invaluable tips and tricks. All participants will receive a free surgical kit with sutures to take home to help hone your practice.

Dr Andrew MacGill (Convenor)
FRNZCGP, GP Skin Cancer with Special Interest

Key Information

Location: Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skills Center

Address: North Shore Hospital, 124 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland

Date: Sunday 26th August 2018

Parking: Complimentary

CME Credits: The “ Skin Cancer Symposium” has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 6.00 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Our Speakers

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.

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 GP, 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. His philosophy is to educate and ensure awareness of the dangers of skin cancers.

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).

Mr Will McMillan
Plastic & Melanoma Surgeon

Will completed his undergraduate training at Otago Medical School and undertook his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training in New Zealand.  He was awarded a post-graduate fellowship at the internationally-recognised Sydney Melanoma Unit (now Melanoma Institute Australia) for a year of intensive training in melanoma surgical oncology and has maintained an active interest in melanoma care.  After his time at the SMU he undertook further training in Aesthetic Plastic surgery at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.

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.

Our Full Programme

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

Sunday 26th August – Certificate of Medical and Surgical Management of Skin Cancer Workshop

We will be going through the standard consultation for a patient concerned about skin cancer. We will cover the pertinent points in history taking, note taking and run through a systematic skin examination.

We will be discussing the management of non melanoma skin cancer using medical therapies in detail.

We will discuss the key points of high risk lesions, appropriate margins and follow-up.

We will be covering topics such as:

  1. Knot tying – instrument and non-instrument ties 
    1. Often, even experienced doctors can easily do a slip knot by mistake – we discuss how to avoid this common error
  2. Methods to make an excellent cosmetic outcome
    1. Contouring
    2. Easy eversions
    3. Suture choice
    4. Ellipse orientation
  3. When and where to biopsy and when not to biopsy
  4. High risk areas of excision
    1. We will be going through the fundamental anatomy to avoid nerve or vascular damage
    2. We will discuss how you should tackle lower leg or scalp lesions
  5. We will discuss our tips for “painless injections”

In this talk, we discuss intraoperative complications and optimum after care:

  • Avoiding common complications
    • Avoid dehiscense
    • Avoiding infections
  • We will discuss the optimum time to remove sutures and provide simple guidelines (it is longer than most people think)
  • We will discuss the fundamentals of wound care and dressing choice after surgery

Delicious lunch will be provided

  1. Tying the knot – the secrets of the interrupted
  2. Reverse deep dermal …the key to structural strength and tension management
  3. Running upper dermal
  4. Tricks to closing a tight wound with fragile skin

We will continue practicing on the basic skills of a simple elliptical excision and closure using 2-3 deep reverse dermal and 5-7 interrupted skin sutures – with evaluation and feedback from tutors. For more advanced students, send us an email with your “wish list”, we will try and accomodate you as best we can in this session. If at the end of the course you still need more tuition you can visit our tutors (at no cost) to spend ½ a day on-site ensuring you grasp the skills.


Unlimited available
[EARLY BIRD REGISTRAR] Certificate of Surgical and Medical Management of Skin Cancer 2018$1,095.00 $895.00FREE Take home practice surgical equipment and suture kit

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Unlimited available
[EARLY BIRD] Certificate of Surgical and Medical Management of Skin Cancer 2018$1,195.00 $985.00FREE Take home practice surgical equipment and suture kit

Please fill in all required fields