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Our Clinical Dermatology programme

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology is one of the only programmes of its kind in the UK which allows you to develop a wider understanding of all the common skin complaints and some rarer conditions, taught entirely by Consultant Dermatologists with CCST/Board Certification in Dermatology.

It is designed for those with a medical background and delves into the core aspects of dermatology from a primary care perspective. We understand your desire to update your knowledge so that you can best serve your patients, while balancing this with your other commitments. Therefore, you will be able to study part-time, online from anywhere in the world, and benefit from the programme team’s combined 20 years’ experience in online learning delivery.

The qualification is quotable in Hong Kong, and displayable in Singapore (upon application to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC)). This course also delivers 20 Certified Self-Learning Mainpro+™ credits from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Mainpro+™ is CFPC’s programme designed to promote and support continuing professional development (CPD).

An in-depth overview of common and more rare conditions

For those of us working in primary care, about a quarter to a third of our consultations involve patients with skin diseases, and yet as medical students all over the globe, most of us are lucky to only get one to two weeks’ teaching in dermatology. Therefore, it is no surprise that it is quite a daunting prospect in the real world as practitioners to diagnose and manage skin disease in our surgeries.

After studying on our programme, you will find that you are familiar with diagnosing and managing all the common skin conditions which you see in your practice, such as acne, rosacea, other causes of a red face, inflammatory skin disease such as psoriasis and eczema (which we see so commonly) and confusing lumps and bumps (is this a skin cancer and do I need to refer this to a colleague?). We will give you the confidence to identify and decide the next course of action. We also discuss some of the pathology, the histopathology, and the underlying causes of skin disease.

As well as the common conditions, we will also be discussing some other more rare, unusual, and often very interesting and challenging aspects of skin disease which can be presented in our practices. These are the conditions which we need to know about even if we do not see them very often. Many of our students comment that the joy of this course is that there is such a blend of common and more unusual conditions.

Take part in Clinical Days

If you join the UK cohort and the COVID-19 situation allows, you will be able to attend Clinical Days which are unique to our programme and feature small group consultant-led teaching on patients with skin disease in the Dermatology Department at The Royal London Hospital. Our students tell us that this aspect of the programme is one of their favourite parts of the course and gives an opportunity for interactive teaching in a relaxed yet stimulating environment whilst seeing many clinical conditions ‘in the flesh’. The Clinical Days have been offered online to both UK and international cohorts when in-person teaching is restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your patients will benefit from knowing that the doctor that they are coming to see has a special expertise and extra knowledge in dermatology, and you will enjoy your job so much more when you feel confident.

PGDip Clinical Dermatology clinical case discussion and programme overview

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