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VCW1109 - Dermatology

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.063 EFTSL

Postgraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Adriana Tiziani


Parkville Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit discusses the more common causes of cutaneous ulceration other than venous insufficiency i.e. skin cancer. The three main types of skin cancer are described, as are the principles of treatment and prognosis Other topics covered include clinical features and treatment of Eczema, Necrobiosis lipoidica, Pyoderma gangrenosum, Mycobacterium Ulcerans and Chromoblastomyosis


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the common causes of cutaneous ulcers;
  2. Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of regular reviews and examination of the entire skin of patients with skin cancer;
  4. Advise patients about protection from ultraviolet light;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis and management of dermatitis (eczema);
  6. Diagnose the less common causes of cutaneous ulcers; and
  7. Apply the principles of management of cutaneous ulcers.


Minor assignment (30%), major written assignment (60%), participation in online tutorials (10%).


VCW1101, VCW1102, VCW1103, VCW1104, VCW1105