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May 13, 2013 / molehunter

Additional on line dermoscopy learning resources

I have just today added 2 new links to the blogroll. Both of these are to Australian blogs, dermoscopy made simple and basic dermoscopy. I highly recommend both of these, in addition to the other resources already mentioned. Please do have a look.

I am doing my best to upload some cases and commentaries here which I hope are of value, but strongly advise dermoscopy learners to access as many different teachers as possible. The web and the generosity of many teachers, most of them better qualified than me, makes this wonderfully easy. Do go to live courses too, such as the advanced dermoscopy course in London on 3rd October with Jonathan Bowling and associates (see www.pcds.org.uk under events) as well.

Dermoscopy is a relative new discipline and is still developing. There are three global schools, the European (e.g. Argenziano, Zalaudek, Ehrsam, Bowling etc) Australian (e.g. Menzies, McColl etc) and American (e.g. Habif, Marghoob etc) and although there is clearly a lot of cross fertilisation, for example Professor Peter H Soyer moved from Austria to Australia, there are some differences in terminology and emphasis as well as different teaching styles. Its not like diabetes where we can say what level blood sugar, cholesterol or HbSA1 should be. There is debate about what we call certain structures and what they mean, for example the distinction between streaks, branched streaks, radial streaming and pseudopods can be somewhat confusing. Terms like ‘clod’ are being used more and more. In my opinion some terms for dermoscopic architectural structures overlap so much that I think we should be careful not to insist excessively on the distinction between them, but the learner should at least be aware that the discussion is going on.

I therefore recommend dermoscopy learners to access a multiplicity of teachers. The web is a gift in this respect. The adult learner will triangulate, screen out anything that is too confusing, and take note of what is widely agreed on. Besides which, study of hundreds of lesions is necessary to gain a really good level of skill.

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