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Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma

Our online Dermatology in Clinical Practice Diploma is designed to help healthcare professionals specialise in their career and aid the need for more dermatology professionals.

Course Information

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Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma award.

Our Postgraduate courses in dermatology satisfy the growing international demand for dermatology courses. Having a specialist knowledge in dermatology is an increasingly important asset for medical personnel. The dermatology postgraduate course we provide is designed to help healthcare professionals specialise in their career and aid the need for more dermatology professionals. The Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists exposed to patients with dermatological conditions.

On completion of the dermatology postgraduate course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients with dermatological conditions.
  • Critically evaluate current research in practical dermatology.
  • Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with dermatological conditions.
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical dermatological treatments for use in a variety of population groups.

Course Structure

The online Dermatology in Clinical Practice Diploma lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks’ duration.

Aim of the module:
  • To develop a critical understanding of the description of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.
Synopsis of module content:
  • The language of dermatology
  • Therapeutics
  • Drug eruptions
  • Vasculitis
  • Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease
  • Guidance, teledermatology and the multi-disciplinary team
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. resolve diagnostic conundrums and institute appropriate management strategies in relation to systemic disease, side effects of drugs and vasculitides.
  2. Demonstrate acuity in using health care resources for the benefit of the patient in such areas as the role of the multi-disciplinary team, referral pathways and evidence-based, guidance in dermatological conditions
Aim of the module:
  • To be able to describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin lesions in the context of guidance.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Skin lumps and bumps
  • Benign skin lesions
  • Melanoma and pigmented lesions
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Basic skin surgery
  • Cryotherapy
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Differentially diagnose a wide variety of skin lesions.
  2. Differentiate between benign and malignant lesions and an understanding of the appropriate referral pathway and treatment guidance.
  3. Critical appraisal of the evidence relating to the management of skin lumps and bumps.
Aim of the module:
  • To accurately describe, identify and institute an appropriate management strategy for dermatoses at specific areas of the body.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Facial rashes
  • Nails
  • Scalp and hair
  • Perineal dermatoses
  • Flexural dermatoses
  • Palmar and plantar dermatoses
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. A critical understanding of the predilection for common dermatoses at various sites of the body.
  2. An ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to regional dermatoses.
  3. An ability to formulate an appropriate management plan for site specific dermatoses utilising evidence.
Aim of the module:
  • To accurately describe, identify and institute an appropriate management strategy for inflammatory dermatoses
Synopsis of module content:
  • Differential diagnosis of inflammatory dermatoses
  • Atopic eczema
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Urticaria
  • Bullous eruptions
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. A critical understanding of the evidence relating to common inflammatory skin conditions.
  2. An ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to inflammatory dermatoses.
  3. An ability to formulate an evidence-based management plan for common inflammatory dermatoses.
Aim of the module:
  • To be able to describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin infections in the context of guidance.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Differential diagnosis of skin infections
  • Cellulitis and ulceration
  • Infestation
  • Infection related to systemic illness
  • Photodermatoses
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. A critical awareness of the evidence basis for the identification and management of common skin infections/infestations/photodermatoses
  2. An ability to develop and decipher a differential diagnosis for skin infections/infestations/photodermatoses
  3. A critical awareness of the appropriate management strategy and referral pathways for infections/infestations and photodermatoses
Aim of the module:
  • To develop an ability to identify common skin disorders in particular subgroups of the population and to understand the specific treatment pathways
Synopsis of module content:
  • Infant skin
  • Acne and adolescent skin problems
  • Pigmented skin
  • Elderly skin
  • Anti-aging
  • Cosmetic treatments
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. A critical awareness of the evidence basis relating to the identification and treatment of common skin disorders in various populations
  2. An ability to develop and decipher a differential diagnosis for common skin diseases affecting specific populations
  3. A critical awareness of the appropriate management strategy and referral pathways for individuals from sub-groups of the population

Assessment

Online Diploma in Dermatology in Clinical Practice PG Diploma

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions.  These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:

  • Complete the questions.
  • Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.

Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor.  They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.

The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:

  • Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
  • Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Dermatology in Clinical Practice PG Diploma. Students are required to produce the following:

  • A group submission.
  • An individual submission.

Students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

The group is given a specific task to accomplish over the 6 weeks of the module e.g. Develop an appropriate screening method for your clinic. Students are required to write well referenced, scientific reports.

  • 30 single best answer (SBA) questions.
  • One hour online assessment.
  • Questions are based on the clinical aspects of the module and their discussion topics.

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales)

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the lectures however those who attend do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

Entry Requirements

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the Dermatology in Clinical Practice PG Diploma course.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

Latest News: our Application Deadline is on Friday 28th July. Apply today to secure your place for September 2017!