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January 28, 2015 / molehunter

Reminder of 2015 skin lesion recognition and dermoscopy course

Please note we are repeating our Integrated skin lesion recognition & dermoscopy course for the 5th year, abridged details below. Email me for a full prospectus and booking form.


13th March and 19th June 2015 Holiday Inn, Fareham, Hampshire + e-learning

Friday afternoons 13.30-17.00                 Hot buffet lunch from 12.30 and coffee included

Since we began this course in 2011 the UK skin cancer problem has got steadily worse. Despite hugely increased numbers of urgent skin cancer referrals, significant cancers with typical features are still being missed. Missed melanoma continues to be the number one reason for doctors in dermatology being sued. Doctors who have done our course tell us they have picked up skin cancers they would otherwise have been missed while reducing their overall referral rates.

Our course is designed and delivered by an experienced former GPSI (SH, currently working as a specialty doctor in lesion recognition) and 2 senior skin cancer specialists, Dr Catriona Henderson and Dr Birgit Pees. Participants should gain excellent skin lesion diagnostic skills, enabling them to safely reassure and advise the great majority of patients worried about lesions which are harmless and refer questionable lesions to the right person first time without delay.

Approval granted for 7 hours CME.

 Dermoscopy (dermatoscopy, surface skin microscopy) is an internationally validated technique which is increasingly seen as essential in the evaluation of pigmented and other skin lesions.  Peer review evidence as in the meta-analysis by Vestergaard et al (British Journal of Dermatology. 2008; 159:35-48.) confirms that dermoscopy outperforms naked eye examination of pigmented skin lesions. A one day dermoscopy course for GPs was shown to significantly reduce avoidable referrals while missing fewer melanomas (

Participants will join a private Google group for on line case discussions. Plain and dermoscopic lesion images will be emailed out 2 or 3 times a week for interactive discussion guided by Dr Hayes. Learners can raise any difficulties or questions and even post their own lesion images for discussion. We expect to do at least 30 case discussions, covering all kinds of skin lesion which occur in UK practice.

SESSION 2 will recapitulate the whole course and discuss difficult cases and any particular learner issues that come up in the case discussions, and finish with an interactive quiz.


  • Natural history and basic rules of recognition of benign and malignant skin lesions. What to do before you pick up the dermoscope e.g. history, inspection, palpation.
  • Benign naevi. Natural history and development, various types, flat and raised moles. How to make a safe and positive diagnosis of benignity. Various network and globular patterns, vessels that point to benignity. Red flags and question marks
  • Seborrhoeic keratoses. Recognising their wide range of appearances. Dermoscopic features which allow a safe diagnosis. Traumatised warts-the sheep in wolf’s clothing-
  • Haemangiomas, recognising their dermoscopic features.
  • Melanomas-the range of presentations. Red flag features not to miss. Key dermoscopic features including abnormal networks, streaks, globules, blue grey veil, regression structures. Hypopigmented and amelanotic melanomas, ‘featureless’ melanomas, the deadly and deceitful pink nodule.
  • Basal cell cancers, vessels, pigmented structures, micro ulcers and other features.
  • Miscellaneous skin lesions including Bowen’s disease, dermatofibromas, scabies etc.
  • All presentations plus other material will be included on the memory drive. We decided to trust you on this as we believe it will be a better learning experience, but must ask you to respect our copyright on this material and hope it will enable you to reinforce learning after the course is over. We don’t mind you using the presentations to train your professional colleagues in bona fide, non profit in-house education but you must not publish, copy, distribute or use any part of them in any other way.

For all enquiries and booking form contact Dr Stephen Hayes at stevehayes272…….gmail…dot…

COST (fully inclusive) £250 for doctors, £150 for nurses, discounted to £200/£120 if before 1st February 2015, £250/£150 thereafter.

Dr Stephen Hayes                                              South Coast Dermoscopy Associates


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