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Integrated Skin Lesion Recognition and Dermoscopy day conference Wednesday 3rd April 2019-booking now open

Integrated skin lesion recognition and dermoscopy course

Wednesday 3rd April 2019,

Solent University, East Park Terrace,

Southampton SO14 0YN

This course, the 9th of it’s kind we have run, will be of great value to GPs and any health care professional who is regularly asked to evaluate suspicious skin lesions.

Skin cancer cases continue to increase, GPs and other health care practitioners are daily approached by patients who are anxious about moles. Abundant international evidence has established dermoscopy (hand held skin microscopy) as the triage tool of choice, enabling safe reassurance to be given for most skin lesions at the first consultation, while missing fewer melanomas and diagnosing them at an earlier and more treatable stage. This is a win-win-win for patients, the health economy and professionals, as we save more lives, use resources more efficiently, and increase our own job satisfaction.

Training is required, but not necessarily a huge amount. Basic triage skills can be acquired quite quickly. A powerful international study showed that just one day’s training made a real difference to the lesion recognition skills of a group of ordinary GPs compared with controls (*). Doctors have come back to us and said that due to attending our course, they had picked up melanomas they would otherwise have missed.

This course is designed primarily for GPs and specialist dermatology nurses, but will also benefit dermatology trainees, public health doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, elderly care physicians, plastic surgeons, podiatrists and any health care practitioner whose work regularly involves evaluating and triaging skin lesions. No prior knowledge of dermoscopy is assumed. You do not need to bring a dermoscope (we expect to have a dermoscope stand) and please note there are no live patients-this is often requested but is logistically unrealistic.

This day course is taught by South Coast Dermoscopy Associates, who are Drs Stephen Hayes, Catriona Henderson and Birgit Pees, three experienced dermoscopists who have been teaching this course together successfully since 2011. For April 2019, we are delighted to introduce Dr Finbar McGrady from Belfast, who teaches dermoscopy and runs a Northern Ireland dermoscopy Facebook page with 200 GP followers. He won the poster award at the 5th world dermoscopy congress in June 2018, Thessaloniki, for a presentation about the usefulness of short term GP dermoscopy education.

A memory drive will be provided to each delegate on registration, with the presentations plus abundant additional learning material including at least 100 dermoscopic case discussions, 3 ‘virtual skin clinic’ PowerPoints to emphasise the basics such as lesion description, plus a few videos and many links to on line resources and papers. Delegates are given permission to freely use the material for private study and peer education at their places of work, not otherwise without express permission. None of the material may be otherwise copied or published.

Cost including refreshments and lunch £150. This is a substantial reduction on the 2018 price, as we have moved from 2 half days with on line case discussions to a one day course. Earlier courses had on line case discussion over 12 weeks, but now that the International Dermoscopy Society  runs an excellent continuing case discussion page on Facebook for registered doctors, learners are directed there instead.

The day will cover the natural history of common and important skin tumours, history taking, inspection and palpation of skin lesions, the basics of dermoscopy/dermatoscopy, dermoscopic features of common and important skin lesions (warts, keratoses, sebaceous gland hyperplasia, dermatofibroma, haemangioma, benign and dysplastic naevi, melanoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease) how to use diagnostic algorithms, how to be safe without referring large numbers of benign lesions, and a discussion of skin screening and other related issues.

To book your place, email Dr Hayes at The course is particularly designed for GPs, GPwSIs/GPwERs and specialist dermatology nurses, but is open to all registered health care practitioners (e.g. doctors, nurses, podiatrists, dentists etc). Confirmation and a receipt will be emailed on receipt of payment (**)

programme (subject to adjustment either to improve the course or due to circumstances beyond our control)

08.00-09.00 registration and coffee

0900 introduction-the skin cancer epidemic, morbidity and mortality, overview of skin cancer biology and basic diagnosis for the clinician SH

09.30 dermoscopy, what it is, why it works, how to get started CH

10.05 dermoscopy of benign naevi BP                                                 

10.40 dermoscopy of seborrhoeic keratoses, haemangiomas, dermatofibroma and other benign skin lesions FMcG

11.15 coffee and dermoscope stand

11.45 dermoscopy of basal and squamous cell cancers (including actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease) BP

12.15 dermoscopy of melanomas CH

12.45 lunch

13.45 dermoscopic pattern analysis with chaos and clues FMcG

14.30 pigmented lesions of the face BP

15.00 dermoscopy of foot lesions CH

15.30 tea break and dermoscope stand

15.45 putting it all together-interactive case discussions-led by SH

17.00 close


Venue: Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN

course organiser and lead tutor

Dr Stephen Hayes GMC 2482404

Associate Specialist in Dermatology

University Hospital Southampton

The venue is 12 minutes walk from Southampton Central station, and 15 minutes by taxi from Southampton airport. There is no on site car parking, street parking nearby is only short term, if arriving by car please Google on Southampton car parks, there are several long stay car parks within a few minutes’ walk.

for details contact secretary Caron Andrews on 

inclusive fee £150, no concessions and no paper invoices or receipts.(**)

Payment by BACS  30-90-85, 21513968                                                                      

(Lloyds Bank, Bishop’s Waltham)                                   

or  cheque payable to South Coast Dermoscopy Associates to

South Coast Dermoscopy

96 Winchester Street,  Botley, Hampshire SO30 2AA




(*)   Dermoscopy Improves Accuracy of Primary Care Physicians to Triage Lesions Suggestive of Skin Cancer, PUBLISHED | 2006 in Journal of Clinical Oncology [IF: 24.01] Puig, Argenziano, Zalaudek et al.


(**) Receipts and invoices if required are sent by email. We are not registered for VAT or at Companies House.  Our terms are as above.












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.

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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

  9. Saskia Reeken / Aug 16 2018 7:49 am

    Dear Stephen
    I hope you are well? I would like to join your update in November together with a few of my colleagues, would you be able to email me the registration form? Trust blocks your link and can’t generate it from my phone.
    Thank you for your help
    Kind regards

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