Dermoscopy courses 2013
Happy New Year!
My consultant colleagues Dr Catriona Henderson and Dr Birgit Pees and I are running our popular Integrated Skin Lesion Recognition and Dermoscopy course again in 2013. Venue will be the Holiday Inn Fareham again, dates are Friday 26th April and Friday 21st June, both 13.30 to 17.00 with a hot buffet lunch from 12.30 and mid afternoon refreshments. As usual, learners will receive a memory drive with all the presentations plus 50 case studies and additional educational material and will also be invited to join an on line group for case discussions that will run for the duration of the course.
The course will be of particular interest to GPs who wish to improve skin lesion recognition skills and make a start with dermoscopy in order to reduce avoidable urgent skin cancer referrals, and also to specialist dermatology nurses working as part of skin cancer teams who share responsibility for doing follow up skin checks. First year dermatology and plastic surgery registrars and clinicians working in occupational health will also find it useful. The course is called ‘Integrated’ as we begin with basic skin lesion recognition skills and ove on to dermoscopy, stressing throughout the course that dermoscopy is a technique, not a complete system of diagnosis. History taking, inspection and palpation and above all perhaps an understanding of the different kinds of benign and malignant skin tumour and their natural histories is vital to putting it all together for a holistic and safe clinical decision. Having said that, we teach a lot of dermoscopy!
The course has been well received the last 2 years and we feel we can honestly commend it to all learners. I have had feedback from doctors who had diagnosedmelanomas they thought theywould have missed but for what they learned on hte course, very satisfying.
Full cost is £200 including both half days, refreshments, memory drive (amounts to a virtual text book) and case discussions. An early booker discount price of £160 will apply to bookings confirmed and paid for by 1st March. This compares very favourably with other courses for example the Cardiff web based dermoscopy course at £995 and other day conferences at around £200.
In addition, we are putting on an advanced dermoscopy day conference at Winchester Guildhall (in he King Alfred Lecture theatre) on Friday 18th October. Cost will be £120, £95 discount for early booking by 31st June and a very special price of £75 for anyone who did the 2011 or 2012 courses if booked by 1st March. This will be a conference purely focussing on dermoscopy and will look at more challenging cases. It will be ideal revision for learners who have been on previous courses and made a start, and will be very suitable for dermatology or plastic surgery registrars, GPSIs and others who have been using dermoscopy but wish to improve their skills.
For further details and to book please contact me, Dr Stephen Hayes, via hayes373 (at) btinternet (dot) com.
Hope to see you there.
PS overseas learners are most welcome. Flights to Southampton from France, the Channel Islands, Dublin, Belfast are frequent and inexpensive if booked well ahead. Why not bring a loved one and make a long weekend of it. Winchester makes a great city break, there is a lot of entertainment on the central south coast, and London is only 80 minutes away by train.