Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of General Practice
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Harrison


This unit introduces the student to broad range of common dermatological problems encountered in the general practice setting, providing them with clinically relevant and up-to-date information on topics such as patterns and diagnosis of skin disease, erythematopapulosquamous diseases, dermal and subcutaneous problems, skin tumours and pigmented lesions, cutaneous manifestations of systematic diseases, skin infections, paediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, Industrial dermatology and regional dermatology, amongst others. Topics are written by content specialists practicing in these areas, and are customised specifically for the general practitioner.


By the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse how the structural components of the skin function in both healthy and diseased states.
  2. Demonstrate a systematic approach to generating and exploring an appropriate list of differential diagnoses, in a patient with a dermatological complaint.
  3. Deduce what further investigations, if any, are required, to aid diagnosis.
  4. Devise and implement a systematic approach to the management of dermatological disorders, which includes a synthesis of the best available evidence, patient wishes and circumstances, community resources and the clinician's experience.
  5. Devise a plan for future personal practice and professional development in the diagnosis and management of patients with dermatological conditions.


Pictorial case studies (1.5 hours) (25%)
Pictorial case studies (1.5 hours) (25%)
Case report (2,500 words) (50%)

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