Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology

Course Features:

  • Equips graduates with the knowledge and expertise required to recognise and treat skin disorders commonly encountered in general practice.
  • Interactive course content is delivered online in 4 lecture blocks over two semesters (Sept to April).
  • Focuses on patient-related problems while also developing knowledge of the theoretical background.
  • Presents real cases from clinical practice.
  • Case-based assessment

Course Overview:

Dermatology comprises 25% of a General Practitioner’s workload. The majority of skin conditions should be treated in a general practice setting.

The webinar-based, interactive lecture schedule and case-based assessment series will compromise approx. 25 hours of teaching covering a comprehensive knowledge base of Clinical Dermatology. The four lectures blocks will cover an Introduction to Dermatology, Molecular Biology of the Skin and Dermatological Terminology, Cutaneous Malignancy, Infectious Dermatoses, Inflammatory Dermatoses, Cutaneous manifestations of Systemic Disease, Alopecias and Pediatric Dermatology.

Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of dermatological diseases and enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.

Lectures will be delivered by Specialist Registered Consultant Dermatologists and occasional biology-focused lectures also by Prof. DJ Tobin, providing an expert-led learning experience. Webinars will be interactive and will facilitate a question and answer section to allow practicing GPs and other physicians to further delve into the clinical aspects of disease.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is a certificate for Medical Graduates, with particular relevance for

  • General Practitioners, but also appropriate for
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Paediatricians
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Junior doctors who wish to pursue a career in Dermatology.

This interactive course is delivered online, an optional on-site patient-based clinical session where real-life patients with common dermatology conditions are present (capped at 30 students).

What Will I Learn?

This Professional Certificate covers all aspects of clinical dermatology with a comprehensive lecture schedule delivered by expert Consultant Dermatologists. Lectures will be delivered through an interactive webinar series and organised into relevant blocks. The lecture schedule will compromise 25 hours of webinar-based interactive teaching and assessment separated into 4 blocks of lectures to include.

Block 1:

  • Introduction to Dermatology: Molecular Biology of the Skin & Dermatological Terminology
  • Cutaneous Malignancy:

Melanocytic lesions & Melanoma

Non-melanoma skin cancers

  • Infectious Dermatoses:
  • Inflammatory Dermatoses Part 1:

Bacterial and parasitic infections;

Viral and fungal infections

Block 2:

Acne

Rosacea

Psoriasis

Other Papulosquamous disorders - (PRP, pitryiasis rosea, PLEVA, PLC, parapsoraisis CTCL); Atopic Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis

Block 3:

  • Inflammatory Dermatoses Part 2:
  • Cutaneous manifestations of Systemic Disease

Itch and urticaria

Lichenoid eruptions and vulvar dermatoses

Blistering Eruptions; Photobiology – lupus, photodermatoses, sunscreens; Drug reactions

Block 4:

Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease (to include)Neutrophilic dermatoses – Erythema nodosum, Sweets,  Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Behcets)

Vasculitis

Stasis Dermatitis and Ulcers

Scarring and nonscarring alopecias

Neonatal rashes and birthmarks

Assessment:

At the conclusion of the talk element there will be a case-based scenario assessment session with multiple choice questions (MCQ) for each clinical based scenario. The course puts assessment at the centre of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus integrating assessment within the learning process. Each assessment session will be based on lecture content.

All webinar-based content will be suitable for distance learning and part time study as there is the facility to play back the webinar if the candidate cannot log-in during the interactive webinar.  If the candidate cannot log in in real-time they will not have the facility to ask questions live but can contact the relevant lecturer after the lecture to ask questions or address concerns.

Optional on-site patient-based clinical session:

After the lecture series there will be an optional on-site patient-based clinical session where real-life patients with common dermatology conditions are present. Participants will have the opportunity to take a patient history, perform a clinical examination, and most importantly discuss with the patient the impact of their disease and discuss and their management course to date. This clinical session is optional and may not be feasible for overseas applicants.

How/Where Will I Learn?

  • The webinar-based, interactive lecture schedule and case-based assessment series will compromise approx. 25 hours of teaching covering a comprehensive knowledge base of Clinical Dermatology.
  • The four lectures blocks will cover an Introduction to Dermatology, Molecular Biology of the Skin and Dermatological Terminology, Cutaneous Malignancy, Infectious Dermatoses, Inflammatory Dermatoses, Cutaneous manifestations of Systemic Disease, Alopecias and Pediatric Dermatology.
  • The course runs sequentially over two semesters, after which candidates will be eligible to sit the MCQ-based examination for a UCD Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Dermatology.

Am I Eligible for This Course?

Eligibility criteria

This Professional Certificate in Common Skin Disorders is a certificate for Medical Graduates and students must have a Medical Degree from a recognised Irish or international Medical School and be licensed to practice Medicine by the Irish Medical Council in Ireland or an equivalent international licensing body.

This course is of particular relevance for

  • General Practitioners
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Paediatricians
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Junior doctors who wish to pursue a career in Dermatology
  • Trainees of the above

Application Details

Important dates & information

  • This programme is currently open for recruitment to the September 2019 academic session.
  • Indicative application procedure below but may be subject to change.

Apply Online

  • Click on the ucd.ie/apply link and follow the steps outlined.
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” is September 2019.
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Postgraduate Certificate (Sept). The corresponding fee will be applied.
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section.
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: applications@ucd.ie or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

Contact Us

Academic Course Directors

Programme Administrator

Professor Desmond J Tobin 

Charles Institute of Dermatology 

UCD School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre

 

Assoc. Prof Caitriona Ryan

Consultant Dermatologist

Charles Institute of Dermatology

UCD School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre

Charles Institute of Dermatology

UCD School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre

University College Dublin

Belfield

Dublin 4 

Ireland

E: dermatologyeducation.charles@ucd.ie

T: +353 1 716 6261