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Duration One year

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value 180

 

Overview

 

Clinical Dermatology is a taught programme for medical graduates wishing to specialise in dermatology. Students will gain clinical skills and knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. They will develop practical training in laboratory sciences relevant to skin disease. The programme also includes a critical evaluation of the dermatological literature on a specialist subject. 

 Key benefits

·       The programme is highly practical including teaching in a variety of clinics and laboratory sessions.

  • ·       Tailor made for overseas medical graduates in particular.
  • ·       Many lectures and clinics are led by world-leading experts.
  • ·       As part of the programme students are attend weekly and monthly clinical meetings in authorized approved hospitals.
  • ·       As part of the course, students attend a variety of short courses and conferences run by the Institute.

 

 

Course detail

 

Description

 

The programme provides opportunities for students, including those with limited experience of dermatology, to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the full range of disease that can affect the skin. Clinical exposure is complemented by lectures, seminars and conferences by members of the faculty and invited prominent speakers.

The programme is based thru Newcastle Institute of Dermatology, a specialised clinical, teaching and research institute based in Guy's hospitals. The Institute has its own academic facilities including a lecture room, study areas and teaching laboratory. The clinical facilities are unusual is most subspecialties of dermatology, from contact dermatitis to dermatological surgery, are represented in the Institute, which therefore provides a unique environment for learning.

 

Course purpose

For medical graduates wishing to specialise in dermatology. To provide a combination of clinical skills and knowledge of the scientific basis of dermatology, and a practical training in clinical dermatology and laboratory sciences relevant to skin disease.

 

Course format and assessment

 

·       Theoretical Dermatology (60 credits): assessment by essay (50 per cent), MCQ (50 per cent).

·       Clinical Dermatology (60 credits): assessment by OSCE (70 per cent), oral (30 per cent).

·       Dermatopathology (15 credits): assessment by practical (100 per cent).

·       Dermatology dissertation (45 credits): assessment by written piece (70 per cent), oral (30 per cent).

 

Postgraduate taught courses:

 

A three year Bachelor degree from Overseas will usually be sufficient for direct entry to our postgraduate taught courses. However, we will consider a number of different combinations of Bachelors and Master's degrees from Pakistan as comparable to a UK Bachelor (Honours) degree, when completed with strong grades at a recognised institutions. The specific requirement will depend on the number of years completed in the Bachelor's degree. Common combinations which will be considered for entry are listed below.

 

Required Modules

·       Please see the modules list for further information.

  • ·       Clinical Dermatology
  • ·       Dermatopathology
  • ·       Research Project - Clinical Dermatology
  • ·       Theoretical Dermatology

  

Module description

This 60 credit module aims to: 

·       Provide a thorough background knowledge of the full range of diseases that can affect the skin and its appendages

·       Develop approaches to the management of dermatological disease

·       Ensure familiarity with methods of clinical recording and measurement in dermatology and enhance self-directed learning. At the end of the module, students will be able to identify clinically a range of common skin diseases

·       Determine differential diagnoses

·       Evaluate factors in patient histories for relationships to their skin disease

·       Develop strategies for the treatment and management of patients

·       Develop clinical examination techniques relevant to dermatology

·       Determine which skin manifestations can be indicators of other diseases

·       Determine appropriate techniques for sampling and the appropriate tests to request

·       Assessment is by clinical exam, oral exam and submission of a clinical portfolio

 

Module description

This 15 credit module aims to: 

·       Identify normal and abnormal skin structures

·       Provide a thorough background knowledge of the histopathological manifestations of diseases that can affect the skin and its appendages

·       Appreciate the importance of correlating microscopic interpretation with the clinical features of disease

·       Understand the use of histochemistry and immunocytochemistry in diagnosis and enhance self- directed learning


At the end of the module the student will be able to: 

·       Examine and interpret histopathological sections

·       Identify a range of common skin diseases on their histopathological appearance

·       Determine differential diagnoses for the histopathological appearance of the specimen

·       Interpret basic histochemistry and immunocytochemistry sections

 

 

Module description

This 45 credit module aims to: 

·       Develop approaches to the management of dermatological disease

·       Enhance understanding of dermatological research

·       Develop a structured approach to critical appraisal of dermatological literature

·       Enhance self-directed learning

·       Enable students to produce a literature based research thesis on a topic relevant to their experience/interest/country of origin


At the end of the modules the student will be able to: 

Identify an area of dermatology of personal interest suitable for a research dissertation

 

·       Design literature search strategies and access sources of information

·       Critically evaluates dermatological literature

·       Evaluate the findings of the research to formulate proposals for diagnosis/treatment/management/research in the chosen subject area

·       Develop personal learning skills

·       Write a critical research document

 


Assessment is by submission of a dissertation and an oral examination.

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