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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 October 14th. 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

Overview

  • 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 14th of October 2018).

  • Fully accredited – by the Royal College of General Practitioners UK, Royal College of Physicians (London), 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.

Details

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 and intermediates in dermatoscopy.

We start with the building blocks of the dermatoscopic language, and then move onto how to do a systematic skin examination. The course will then show you how to determine what lesions need removing based on a “black and white” sequence of enquiries of your observations. The decision to excise or not is then followed by “how to make a specific diagnoses” for each benign and malignant lesion (nevus, solar lentigo, dermatofibroma, melanoma, SCC, BCC etc). The symposium is a carefully orchestrated educational process to ensure you develop a solid and safe footing in dermatoscopy for the safe clinical management of skin cancers. The course will include quizzes and many other opportunities to interact with your presenters.

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?” To date Cliff and Amanda have received close to 5/5 reviews by hundreds of GPs, surgeons and nurses. By the completion of day 2, we expect you to be proficient and 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 14th October 2018.

It is important that you bring an internet capable device. When you arrive a slide will be showing with instructions on how to log on to the Wifi system and then how to log on to “Socrative” which you will be using throughout the symposium. See www.socrative.com for more details.

The symposium will start with a rapid fire quiz in which you will answer questions using Socrative. Later, you will get individualised anonymous feedback comparing your pre- and post-symposium quiz results and how you compare with your colleagues. In turn we will get feedback on how effective our teaching is. We will review the results and during our last hour on Sunday, we will address areas that participants appear to be struggling with.

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 metophorical 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 neavi, 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.

Special quiz on the fundamental building blocks for Revised Pattern Analysis – deciding how many patterns or colours there are and their symmetry or asymmetry. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Healthy and delicious lunch is provided with time available 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. 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.

Cliff will build on his previous lecture and provide plenty of repetition with new and interesting examples of how to apply the Chaos and Clues algorithm. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Unlike naevi, the clinical and dermatoscopic features of melanoma and melanoma in situ are unique for each lesion. Colours and structures combine to create lesions with Chaos, ie lack of symmetry of pattern, colour, structure and border abruptness. You’ll practice deciding whether a lesion should be excised or not. Professor Amanda Oakley

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 14th October 2018.

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.

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.

As with the preceding talk this talk goes beyond deciding if the lesion is benign or malignant and drills down to the specific diagnosis of BCCs. Fundamental management options will also be discussed Professor Cliff Rosendhal

Delicious lunch provided along with time for networking

The face and acral regions are special locations with additional features to look for to aid in your decision making process. This talk will discuss the specific dermatoscopic features of lentigo maligna, pigmented actinic keratoses, solar lentigo, and pigmented acral lesions. Professor Cliff Rosendahl

This talk will outline the role of sun protection, cryotherapy, fluorouracil cream, imiquimod cream and photodynamic therapy in the management of actinic keratoses and superficial basal cell carcinoma. How we do it in the South Pacific.Professor Amanda Oakley.

Case examples of common clinical scenarios. When to monitor, when to biospy, why one person’s naevus is another person’s melanoma — a similar lesion on different patients will require different management strategies (signature naevi, new naevi in a young versus an older person, Spitz naevi etc). The interpretation of histology reports and the myth of the dysplastic naevus will also be discussed. Professor Amanda Oakley and Professor Cliff Rosendahl

Post-symposium quiz. Followed by Cliff and Amanda going over the quiz and fielding questions. Prizes will be awarded to the top 6 participants in the post-symposium quiz.

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Testimonials

” 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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