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2018 Integrated Skin Lesion Recognition and Dermoscopy course now booking




Integrated skin lesion recognition & dermoscopy course

9th March and 8th  June 2018

An interactive course suitable for all health professionals who have to evaluate suspicious moles. Ideal for GPs, dermatology and plastic surgical trainees, elderly care and occupational health doctors, specialist and practice nurses. No prior knowledge of dermoscopy is assumed. We believe this to be the best value UK dermoscopy course, combining expert presentations, a virtual textbook including all presentations on memory drive and 12 weeks of on -line case discussions.

South Coast Dermoscopy Associates

Dr Stephen Hayes Associate, Specialist in Dermatology, Southampton

Dr Catriona Henderson, Dermatologist, Southampton

Dr Birgit Pees, Dermatologist, Southampton


9th March and 8th June 2018 Holiday Inn, Fareham, Hampshire + e-learning

Friday afternoons 13.30-17.00     Hot lunch in restaurant from 12.30 + coffee included

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 from meta analysis (1) confirms that dermoscopy outperforms naked eye examination of pigmented skin lesions.

A one day dermoscopy course for GPs was shown in a prospective randomised trial to reduce avoidable referrals while missing far fewer skin cancers, only 6 compared with 25 for the control group (2) .

Since we began this course in 2011 the skin cancer problem has got steadily worse. Despite steadily  increasing numbers of urgent skin cancer referrals, dangerous skin cancers are still being missed. Missed melanoma as well as the potential tragedy for each patient continues to be the number one reason for doctors in dermatology being sued. Doctors who have done our course have fed back to us that they have picked up melanomas they would otherwise have missed, while reducing their overall referral rates.  This is in line with international published research which shows that GPs’ performance is significantly increased by one day of dermoscopy training. (1)

Our course is designed and delivered by an experienced former GPSI (SH, currently working as an Associate Specialist in dermatology, specialising in lesion recognition) and 2 senior skin cancer specialists. Learners should gain excellent skin lesion diagnostic skills, enabling them to safely reassure and advise the great majority of patients worried about harmless lesions and refer questionable lesions to the right person first time.

The course ran successfully each year from 2011 to 2017 with high levels of satisfaction from over 300 participants so far. We have improved the course following feedback. Approval is sought for 7 hours CME.  The 3 teachers attended the 3 day world dermoscopy congress in Vienna in April 2015 and have incorporated up to date evidence based insights from this global event into our teaching.

Our course begins by stressing the natural history of common and important skin lesions, basics of history taking, inspection and palpation of lesions before going on to what dermoscopy can add.

FREE VIRTUAL TEXTBOOK. learners receive an 8GB memory drive containing all presentations, 100 image based case discussions, PowerPoint presentations of virtual clinics which go through the essentials of skin lesion recognition and demonstrations of how to use various diagnostic algorithms. Some videos will also be included. This amounts to a virtual text book of dermoscopy to enable learning re-enforcement. You can work through it at your leisure and claim additional learning credits.

ON LINE CASE DISCUSSIONS. Participants will join a private Google email 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. Please, no addresses as the security blocks images. Hotmail and  Gmail are suitable free alternatives that work well.

SESSION 2 will recapitulate the whole course including a reprise of the case discussions plus difficult cases and any particular learner issues that come up in the case discussions.


  • 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.
  • Diagnostic algorithms including 2 step, 3 point, 7 point, heuristic method, pattern analysis and an introduction to the new descriptive dermoscopic terminology of Harald Kittler.
  • Mole mapping and skin monitoring for high risk patients e.g. the dysplastic mole syndrome.
  • 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. We don’t mind you using the presentations for bona fide, in-house professional education with colleagues at your place of work, but you must not publish, copy, distribute or use any part of them in any other way.


We believe the above is a balanced and comprehensive curriculum which addresses all the important Primary Care issues about skin cancer, but if other issues are raised they can be addressed.

For all enquiries contact Dr Stephen Hayes at

Learners may also be interested in my blog at where case discussions, links to other on line learning resources and details about the course may be found.

COST £220 for doctors, £150 for nurses if booked by 31st December 2017, £250/£170 thereafter.

Refund on application less £30 admin fee if requested before 10th February 2018, none thereafter. Discretionary deferment (minus £30 admin fee) to the 2019 course for bereavement, injury etc occurring after the above cancellation period.  People who cannot make one or other of the Friday sessions and declare this at the time of booking will receive £25 discount.

payment by BACS  30-90-85, 21513968 or cheque to South Coast Dermoscopy Associates,

96 Winchester Street,


Hampshire SO30 2AA.


Dr Stephen Hayes                                              South Coast Dermoscopy Associates


(1) as in the meta-analysis by Vestergaard et al (British Journal of Dermatology. 2008; 159:35-48.)






















APPLICATION FORM  please type or write clearly and post or email to


Dear Dr Stephen Hayes

I wish to apply for a place on the South Coast Dermoscopy Associates skin lesion and dermoscopy course 2018. I have read, understood and accept the above terms. In particular, I will not make any use whatever of the images and other learning material in the memory drive or discussion group other than as permitted above.



Email address

GMC/CNG number

If you are a nurse please state your place of work and employer

Position (e.g. GP, specialist, specialist registrar, specialist nurse, APN, practice nurse etc.)

please tick one box. If applying for more than one person, please print multiple copies.

Doctor, early booker discount pre 1.12.17 £220
Nurse  as above £150
Doctor, post 1.12.17 £250
Nurse as above £170



To reduce costs, a receipt will be sent by email only and no reminders will be sent.

for directions see







Leave a Comment
  1. molehunter / Jul 13 2011 10:13 am

    COURSE LATEST we had a sucessfull session on 24th June and hte on line case discussions are going well. A repeat of the course with suggested improvements is very likely for 2012, a decision on this will be made after the summer holdays.

  2. AMSA Security Awareness Course / Jul 15 2015 11:14 am

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  3. Alan Milligan CNS Skin Cancer London / Mar 21 2016 4:08 pm

    Can you tell me if there are still paces on the June 10th Course?

    • molehunter / Mar 24 2016 7:52 pm

      Sorry, the course began on 10th March so too late to join us this year. News of the 2007 dates will be posted here in a month or 2

  4. flora / Oct 25 2016 11:30 am


    I am looking forward to attend this course.

    In the application form states Dermoscopy course 2016 and the payment section also states 2016.

    Do you mean if booked before 1st February 2017.

    Kind Regards

    • molehunter / Nov 13 2016 7:57 pm

      Yes, sorry my mistake. Stephen Hayes

  5. Dr Asma / Oct 28 2016 6:37 pm

    Good day,

    I am interested in attending. May I enquire how can I apply for sponsorship?
    I am a doctor from Muscat, Oman

    • molehunter / Nov 13 2016 7:42 pm

      Greetings Dr Asma. The details of the course and application form can be downloaded, click on the relevant box in the top right of the blog. Kind regards. Stephen Hayes

  6. Shehla Baig / Jan 28 2017 6:15 pm

    Dear Stephen
    Is there still place on your March 2017 course? Can you let me know asap as I want to get the discounted fee!

  7. Ivona / Apr 27 2017 8:32 am

    Hi I am interested on the 9th of June 2017 course. Still places available ?
    Thank you

  8. Viv / May 5 2017 11:23 am

    Hi I have just noticed this interesting course and would like to attend the next one available please. When might this be? I seem to have missed the one early this year. Many thanks

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