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MFM1004 - Dermatology

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr I Jakubowicz


Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This elective involves the patterns and diagnosis of skin disease, erythematopapulosquamous diseases, dermal and subcutaneous problems, skin tumours and pigmented lesions, cutaneous manifestations of systematic diseases, skin infections, cosmetic dermatology, dermatology beyond 2000, Industrial dermatology and regional dermatology.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply their knowledge of the structure and function of the skin to assist in accurate diagnosis;
  2. Develop a systematic approach to diagnosis which involves; assimilating sufficient knowledge to reduce the spectrum of clinical possibilities in any particular setting to a meaningful and rational diagnostic list, and further refining this list based on an understanding of the background of each of the diagnostic possibilities.
  3. Apply their enhanced knowledge of available lists or investigations to further aid diagnosis;
  4. Recognise the scope of dermatological problems seen in general practice and the potential that exists for GP's to adequately manage a considerable number of these conditions;
  5. Develop a systematic approach to treatment which incorporates 'holistic' methods involving the use of several agents in any particular condition, rather than a single agent (i.e. orchestra vs single instrument approach);
  6. Acquire the practical skills which might enhance the range of dermatological procedures carried out in general practice.
  7. Develop an understanding of future developments in dermatological diagnosis and treatment, and the refinements of sub-specialities within the field of dermatology.


Case Studies (40%), MCQs (30%), Clinical Audit (30%), Post course audit (P/F)

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