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2017 Integrated Skin Lesion Recognition and Dermoscopy course now booking

Integrated skin lesion recognition & dermoscopy course

7th year of this popular and successful course

Friday 10th March and Friday 9th  June 2017

An integrated and interactive course particularly suitable for GPs, trainees in dermatology, surgery and elderly care, specialist nurses, practice nurses, occupational health doctors and other health professionals. Equally suitable for beginners and improvers: no prior knowledge or experience is assumed.

South Coast Dermoscopy Associates

Dr Stephen Hayes Specialty Doctor (former GPwSI) in Dermatology, Southampton

Dr Catriona Henderson Consultant Dermatologist, Southampton

Dr Birgit Pees Consultant Dermatologist, Southampton


10th March and 9th June 2017 Holiday Inn, Fareham, Hampshire + e-learning

Friday afternoons 13.30-17.00                 Hot sit down meal with no drug reps from 12.30                                                                                 unlimited coffee included

The course is taught by three enthusiastic and experienced dermoscopist working in a busy NHS skin cancer clinical department. In April 2015 we attended the 4th World Dermoscopy Congress in Vienna for 3 days of learning from the world’s  top dermoscopy experts.

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 are still being missed. Missed melanoma continues to be an important 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 been missed while reducing their overall referral rates.

It is widely recognised that skin lesion recognition skills in Primary Care are variable and may be inadequate. We attribute this to inadequate education and believe the answer is better lesion recognition training, including in the now well proven technique of dermoscopy.

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. 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.

The course has run annually since 2011 with high levels of satisfaction from over 300 participants so far. We have improved the course following feedback. Approval sought 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 by trained practitioners outperforms naked eye examination of pigmented skin lesions.

A one day dermoscopy course for GPs in Barcelona and Naples was shown to significantly reduce avoidable referrals while missing many fewer melanomas.

(Dermoscopy improves accuracy of primary care physicians to triage lesions suggestive of skin cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Apr 20;24(12):1877-82.)_


  • Dermoscopy is a non-invasive, widely used diagnostic tool that aids the diagnosis of skin lesions and is proven to increase the accuracy of melanoma diagnosis.”

The British Association of Dermatologists also recommends dermoscopy training

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. The provided learning on an 8 GB USB memory drive includes all presentations, 100 case discussions (increased from 50 in 2015, hopefully will add further cases for 2017) and PowerPoint presentations of virtual clinics which go through the essentials of skin lesion recognition. The 2016 USB also contained some videos, which we hope to add to for 2017. This amounts to a virtual text book of dermoscopy which should enable learning re-enforcement. You can work through these at your leisure and claim additional learning credits for doing so.

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 over 12 weeks. This, plus the memory drive, represents incredible value compared to other dermoscopy courses which typically give you just one day of presentations for the same cost. Learners can raise any difficulties or questions for discussion. We expect to do about 30-35 case discussions, covering all kinds of skin lesion which occur in UK practice. Learners can submit their own cases for discussion by arrangement.

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 or images 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.


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 (fully inclusive) £200 for doctors, £120 for nurses if booked before 1st February 2016, £250/£150 thereafter. Payment by cheque with completed application form, or by BACS to 30-90-85, 21513968 with emailed application form to

Industry sponsorship will be limited to dermoscope and surgical equipment companies only. You will not be surrounded by reps and you get to sit down at lunch time.

Refund on application less £30 admin fee for genuine reason e.g. illness or bereavement if requested before 20th February, none thereafter. Places transferrable at no cost if you drop out and a colleague attends, provided we are informed.

Cheque to South Coast Dermoscopy Associates,

96 Winchester Street,


Hampshire SO30 2AA.


Dr Stephen Hayes                                              South Coast Dermoscopy Associates



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APPLICATION FORM  please type or write clearly


Dear Dr Stephen Hayes

I wish to apply for a place on the South Coast Dermoscopy Associates skin lesion and dermoscopy course 2016. 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, physician, surgeon, occupational health doctor, specialist registrar, specialist nurse, practice nurse, APN etc.)

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

Doctor, early booker discount pre 1.2.17 £200
Nurse  as above £120
Doctor, post 1.2.17 £250
Nurse post 1.2.17 £150


(*) NHS email addresses are not allowed for the discussion group. They are ineffective for this course due to blocking images and small inbox size leading to great frustration all round. Please use your personal email or else create a gmail or hotmail account. They are free, easy to set up and work well.

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

for directions see


Dr Stephen Hayes, GMC 2482404, specialty doctor in dermatology, Southampton.










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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