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World-class Dermatoscopy Training Made Simple

It is our pleasure at Skin Cancer Symposiums to bring you Professor Cliff Rosendahl from University of Queensland, Australia and Professor Amanda Oakley from the University of Auckland, New Zealand to Oxford, UK.

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 doubt is with training in dermatoscopy which will help you recognise skin cancers earlier and with greater precision. Traditional dermatoscopy teaching has been complicated and difficult. The Skin Cancer Symposium delivers world-class teaching by Professor Cliff Rosendahl, the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and ‘Pigment without Prediction’, to break down Dermatoscopy teaching into simpleeasy to follow algorithms. Professor Amanda Oakley, the founder of the world famous dermatology resource Dermnet will be using interactive quizzes and clear precise language to help consolidate your learning.

You will be able to apply these algorithms the very next day in your practice with your complimentary dermatoscope worth £270 as an limited time offer (MedOptima MoleScope II *) until September 30th. Cliff’s teaching will complimented by experienced GP Skin Cancer specialists who will provide you with lots of practical tips, tricks and ensure the teaching is highly practical to general practice.

* We reserve the right to replace this with a better and more expensive model

Convenors: Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill


  • Highest quality teaching – our average rating of hundreds of GPs, nurses and Surgeons is 4.7/5 (94%)

  • We make it easy – dermatoscopy does not need to be hard, our Professors will teach you in simple to understand terms

  • Complimentary dermatoscope – so you can start doing dermatoscopy the very next day at your rooms. (Limited time offer until 30th of September 2018).

  • Fully accredited – by the Royal College of General Practitioners UK, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

  • Interactive sessions – We will provide lots of examples, quizzes and repetition to help reinforce key points. We will be using a new interactive tool that encourages audience engagement with individualised quizzes and feedback. Our tool means you can talk with your lecturer anonymously, ask questions and vote. It is a game changer technology and we will use this to help us understand what you do and don’t understand and address accordingly.

  • Quality learning resources – Professor Cliff Rosendahl has very kindly provided Chapter 7: Diagnosis of Skin Neoplasia from the official course guide for IMED7001 of the Masters of Skin Cancer Medicine course at the University of Queensland as pre-reading. Powerpoint slides of all lectures will be available after the symposium.


Date: 27th and 28th October 2018

Venue: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX3 0BP

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Our Speakers

Dr Cliff Rosendahl
Associate Professor at the 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 an Associate 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 50 papers in peer-review scientific journals and is co-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.

Dr Amanda Oakley
Associate Professor at the 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 heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in NZ. 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 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.

Sneak Peak: Fundamentals of Diagnosing a Melanoma

Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland in his usual entertaining, insightful and direct way, talks about the importance of “knowing your mothers face” – a very effective way to use pattern recognition to help identify dermatoscopic lesions.

International Certificate of Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine

27th October 2018 Programme

In our fully accredited and interactive Dermatoscopy symposium, we take you from “zero to hero” in two days with our world class presenters. This symposium is designed as a comprehensive dermatoscopy course, aimed at beginners in dermoscopy.

In day 1, we will start with the building blocks of dermatoscopic language, how to do a systematic skin examination then systematically discuss the fundamentals of dermatoscopic diagnosis of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancers, while being able to confidently exclude benign lesions using the TADA algorithm. Our symposium is designed with a carefully orchestrated educational process to ensure after day 1 you have a solid footing in dermatoscopy.

All participants will receive a complimentary Dermatoscope (worth £270 including VAT) if you register as Early Bird by the 30th September 2018.

We will go over how to use our innovative IT system and discuss house keeping

We will have a rapid fire pre-quiz which you will answer using our audience response tool. Later, you will get individualised feedback comparing your results to a post-quiz.

We will discuss the importance of using a dermatoscope, how to use it correctly, discuss the importance of using both the polarized and non-polarized modes on the dermatoscope. We will discuss contact and non-contact images.

We will discuss how to manage a full and systematic skin check within the context of a GP appointment

We will discuss how dermatoscopy evolved from subjective metaphoric language into an objective descriptive language (revised pattern analysis). We will discuss the fundamental building blocks of dermatoscopic language, and how these basic blocks can combine into benign and malignant patterns and their biologic symmetry or asymmetry.

We will talk about how to identify the 4 major benign melanotic lesions (seborrheic keratosis, haemangioma, dermatofibromas and sebaceous hyperplasia) and the 2 major benign non melanotic lesion (cysts and viral warts). This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of benign lesions and their importance in dermatoscopic diagnosis. The TADA algorithm will be introduced at this stage to help reinforce the importance of being able to diagnose a benign lesion. 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 courses.

Healthy and delicious lunch is provided with time available for networking

This talk will discuss the fundamentals diagnosing benign nevi (melanotic and non melanotic), the relevance of the patient’s age when assessing nevi and the concept of a “signature nevus”. There will be plenty of interactive quizzes to help you understand and consolidate your learnings.

Melanomas are the most deadly skin cancer and dermatoscopically can be diagnosed when only a few mm in size. This lecture will teach you the fundamental dermatoscopic features of all the different types of melanomas. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as quick refresher course.

‘Chaos and Clues’ is an algorithm to help you diagnose all pigmented lesions. 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.

This talk by Professor Cliff Rosendahl builds on the Fundamentals of Chaos and Clues talk, with discussion on the concept of Exceptions, new research behind Chaos of Border Abruptness and will also reinforce key messages to help solidify your understanding. 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.

We will be monitoring quiz results through out the day and in this last segment we will focus on the areas that we feel need more attention. This will also be a time to ask any burning questions.

28th of October 2018 Programme

In day 2, we will consolidate your learnings from day 1. We will then add to and reinforce further insights to help improve your ability to diagnose melanomas, BCCs and SCCs with greater sensitivity and specificity. In day 2 Professor Cliff Rosendahl will introduce you to advanced applications of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and the ‘Prediction without Pigment’ algorithms. Cliff co-authored both these algorithms which provide a logical framework to help answer the most important clinical question “does this lesion need removing?” By the completion of day 2, you will become proficient and will feel inspired to start assessing your patients lesions with more accuracy and with more confidence.

All participants will receive a complimentary Dermatoscope (worth £270 including VAT) if you register as Early Bird by the 30th September 2018.

This is our preferred algorithm for diagnosing non-pigmented lesions. In this lecture you will get lots of repetition on dermatoscopy of non pigmented lesions. Non-pigmented lesions can include nevi, melanomas, BCCs and SCCs. This is an amazing lecture and 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.

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 insitu and actinic keratosis. 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.

Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) are the most common skin cancer and dermatoscopically are often the easiest to diagnose even when only a few mm in size. This lecture will teach you the fundamental and advanced dermatoscopic features of BCCs and the importance of diagnosing aggressive sub-types of BCCs. We will touch briefly on the medical and surgical management of BCCs. 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.

Delicious lunch provided along with time for networking

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 and leave you with core skills to help you manage these difficult lesions.

Our panel will present interesting, difficult and educational clinical cases to bring together everything you have learnt so far and apply them in real life cases – relevant to normal practice. Some cases include when you should ever do a punch biopsy on a pigmented lesion, what happens when a lesion is dermoscopically normal but clinically suspicious and what happens when the histology is unexpected.

Our professors will go over a post symposium quiz and will run an educational quiz with prizes designed to consolidate your learning in an interactive and fun way



” Great organisation, fantastic presenters, dermatoscope discount was awesome – whole conference had a relaxed and comfortable feel to it “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Kept it very relevant to level of general practice “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Great variety of presentations, passionate and highly professional presenters with good humour

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Lots of pictures , lots of reinforcement. Very clear and engaging speakers “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Specialists were very clinically based, exceptionally so, really appreciated. This was further supported by GP expert presenters “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” One of the best workshops I have been on. Privilege to be taught by such great teachers. Very well done to the organisers. “

NZ GP Symposium 2017 Participant

” Kept it very relevant to level of general practice “

NZ GP Symposium 2017 Participant

” Provided attendees with pre-symposium reading and video material. Excellent panel of speakers including advertorial speakers who kept everyone in the room until the very end! Good opportunities to interact with the panellists. Slido actually made me ask two questions I may have otherwise be too embarrassed to ask “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Learnt so much. Content was well delivered and appropriate to our level. Enjoyed having the tests at regular intervals throughout the course and also great to have audience questions answered promptly. Presenters really approachable after lectures. Great course!! “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” The dermatoscopy and surgical sessions were really good. I found Cliff Rosendahl to be very entertaining!! Both he and Amanda are a fountain of information, and Chris and Andrew had good tips for GPs and common sense suggestions “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Probably one of the best skin symposiums I have attended! Loved the primary care focus. Great interactive sessions and very approachable and funny presenters. “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

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