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Diplomas and Courses for General Practitioners

Listed below are Diploma courses which are intended to provide structured education in dermatology. As such they will form a part of the portfolio of a general practitioner wishing to practice as a GPwSI in dermatology. They are not, however, a substitute for the practical experience required by the DoH guidelines for this group of doctors

Cardiff University Department of Dermatology

Diploma in Practical Dermatology
 
This is a highly interactive online programme designed to equip the general practitioner with a sound understanding of skin disease as it presents in practice. 
 
The programme delivers high level dermatological teaching covering all subject areas of interest to those in General Practice. 30 weekly modules have been written by leading UK dermatologists and provide up-to-date clinical information with treatment and referral guidelines for the common skin conditions seen in practice. 
 
Through dedicated online tutorial support, discussion forums and online assessments, course participants become members of an enthusiastic and supportive online community of doctors with an interest in dermatology. This environment allows collaboration, both academic and clinical, which extends beyond the life of the programme. 
 
From September 2014 the course will delivered through credit-bearing modules and assessed via coursework and online activities only, with the option of studying over 1 or 2 years. 
 
For further information or to apply online, please visit website: www.dermatology.org.uk
 
Or contact us: 
 
Postgraduate Courses Coordinator
Cardiff University
3rd Floor, Glamorgan House
Heath Park
Cardiff
CF14 4XN
 
Tel: +44 (0)29 2074 2247 or 4155
Fax +44 (0)29 2074 4312
 
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
 
Diploma in Dermatology Examination
 

This examination is held twice yearly, usually in March and October and to be eligible to sit it you must provide satisfactory evidence of:

  • Having graduated in medicine 18 months or more previously
  • Having fulfilled one of the following conditions:

a) Having held a recent full time post for 4 months (or equivalent part-time) in a specialist department of dermatology

b) Having recently been employed in a specialist department of dermatology in a clinical capacity for at least two sessions weekly for two years, or equivalent experience over a shorter/longer duration.

c) Attendance with clinical instruction at a specialist department of dermatology for a period of six months full-time, or equivalent part-time.

Full details on this exam (regulations, application forms, dates) can be obtained from the College website: www.rcpsg.ac.uk

Should you have any queries please contact:

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
232-242 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5RJ

Tel: (0141) 221 6072
Fax: (0141) 248 3414
Email: exam.office@rcpsg.ac.uk

Postgraduate Courses from Queen Mary College, University of London

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology

This year-long distance learning course is organised by Dr Vicky Jolliffe and the Centre for Cutaneous Research at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in collaboration with Whipps Cross University Hospital and Broomfield Hospital. The aim is to enable GPs to provide specialist dermatological support in the primary care setting via an enhanced understanding of the pathology, clinical appearances and management of skin disease.

The course commences annually in September and comprises three 10-week terms. The weekly modules contain both audio and written material focused about a core theme or subject, with weekly assignments taking the form of MCQs, EMQs or short essay answers. There is a great emphasis on the clinical aspects of skin disease and to this end there are 7 clinical days per year, each comprising either lectures or practical demonstrations (including skin surgery teaching) and 10-12 clinical cases presented by Consultant Dermatologists. These clinical days are highly valued by participants and form a unique feature of this very hands-on practical course. The popularity of the course has resulted in the development of an Overseas course.

A dissertation is undertaken during the year and a final examination passed before the Diploma is awarded.

Further details about the course may be obtained from:

http://www.blizard.qmul.ac.uk/study-with-us.html

Dr Louise Russell
Programme Administrator
Centre for Cutaneous Research
4 Newark Street
LONDON
E1 2AT

Tel: (00 44) 20 7882 2336
Email: l.e.russell@qmul.ac.uk

Full time Dermatology Diploma Courses 

Postgraduate Dermatology Courses

St John's Institute of Dermatology - MSc (Clinical Dermatology)
 
The course includes a thorough grounding in clinical and scientific aspects of dermatology with emphasis on clinical application. Specialist sections include pharmacology, histopathology, infectious diseases, immunology, contact dermatitis, tropical diseases and photobiology. Specific teaching on scientific aspects of dermatology forms an important part of the programme. The course is taught through lectures, clinics, ward rounds and seminars. There is a requirement for a dissertation. The course is for medical graduates wishing to specialise in dermatology. It provides 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. The entry requirements to the MSc are a medical qualification from a recognised university, current clinical experience of either 6-12 months in dermatology or 3-4 years practising medicine post-registration, and proof of English language ability for non-UK students. The course is full-time and lasts a full calendar year commencing every October.
 
Further details of the above course can be obtained from:
 
PGT Course Organiser
St John’s Institute of Dermatology 
King’s College London
St Thomas’ Hospital
Lambeth Palace Road
South Wing, Stair C, Basement
London
SE1 7EH
 
Tel: 020 7188 6255
Fax: 020 7928 1428
 
Cardiff University Department of Dermatology - MSc in Clinical Dermatology 
 
The MSc in Clinical Dermatology course is a structured programme designed for doctors who wish to specialise in dermatology. The course gives firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology.  
This is a full-time course which runs from September to September each year. There are frequent lectures from members of the dermatology department in Cardiff, specialist speakers from other major British dermatology centres and visiting lecturers from overseas. There is regular clinical tuition and there are visits to other specialist dermatology departments in the United Kingdom.  
 
The course comprises of 6 modules of teaching and 1 dissertation module. 
 
For further information or to apply online, please visit website www.dermatology.org.uk
 
Or contact us: 
 
Postgraduate Courses Coordinator
Cardiff University
3rd Floor, Glamorgan House
Heath Park
Cardiff
CF14 4XN
 
Tel: +44 (0)29 2074 4155 or 2247
Fax: +44 (0)29 2074 4312
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