ProfCert Clinical Dermatology

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology (Online Webinar-Based/Part-Time) 

When: 19:30 on Thursdays, 28 teaching weeks x 1-hour lectures

Course Duration: September 9th 2021-May 5th 2022 (2-Trimesters)

Location: Online via Zoom

Dermatological (skin and hair) issues can comprise up to 25% of a General Practitioner’s workload, and so the majority of skin conditions should be treated in this community general practice setting.

The Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology (NFQ Level 9, 10 credits) is a fully-online course (September to May) consisting of approx. 28-hours of teaching covering a comprehensive knowledge -base of Clinical Dermatology. Four lecture blocks incorporate an Introduction to skin biology and Dermatological Terminology, Cutaneous Malignancy, Infectious Dermatoses, Inflammatory Dermatoses, Cutaneous manifestations of Systemic Disease, Alopecias, and Pediatric Dermatology.

Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of dermatological diseases and enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.

Lectures will be delivered by over 20 of  Ireland's top Specialist Registered Consultant Dermatologists, in addition to an introductory skin biology lecture by Institute director Prof. DJ Tobin. The course provides an expert-led learning experience throughout. Webinars are interactive, with a Question & Answer session after each live webinar, to allow students to further delve into the clinical aspects of disease.

Course Features:

  • Fully-online interactive webinar course delivered over 4 lecture blocks to equip graduates with the knowledge and expertise required to recognise and treat skin disorders commonly encountered in general practice.
  • Focuses on patient-related problems, while also developing knowledge of the theoretical background of real cases from clinical practice.
  • Lectures are streamed online live (to facilitate Q&A), but also via limited playback and again during examination revision periods.
  • Robust online Case-based format assessment that is e-proctored.
  • Optional on-site patient-based clinical session (not credit-bearing and capped at approx. 30 students). See course flyer (flyer hyperlink) for further details.

Minimum IT Requirements:

Enrolled students will have to meet the minimum IT requirements for Zoom as well as ensuring they have prepared their laptop/PC before taking an online assessment. Students will also need an integrated webcam and microphone on the device they will be using to take the exam for e-proctoring purposes. 

Zoom System Requirements

Preparing your PC or Laptop for Online Assessment

 

 

Curricular information is subject to change


Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This course is a professional certificate aimed at Medical Graduates, with particular relevance for General Practitioners, but also appropriate for:

  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Paediatricians
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Junior doctors who may wish to pursue a career in Dermatology (Note: this is not part of a formal pathway to dermatology training).
  • Trainees of the above.

Course Structure

This Professional Certificate-level course covers all aspects of clinical dermatology, with a comprehensive lecture schedule delivered by expert Consultant Dermatologists. Lectures will be delivered through an interactive webinar series and organised into relevant blocks. The course will consist of 28 hours of webinar-based interactive teaching and 250 hours of autonomous student learning.

Lecture topics covered include:

Trimester 1 (September to December): Precise order subject to change

  • Introduction to Skin Biology (and dermatological terminology)
  • Non-melanoma skin cancers
  • Melanoma
  • Viral and fungal infections
  • Bacterial and parasitic
  • Melanocytic lesions and Melanoma
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Psoriasis
  • Other Papulosquamous disorders – (PRP, pityriasis rosea, PLEVA, PLC, parapsoriasis CTCL) 
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Psychodermatology

Trimester 2 (January- May): Precise order subject to change

  • Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease Part I
  • Cutaneous manifestations of internal malignancy
  • Lichenoid eruptions
  • Neutrophilic dermatoses (Erythema nodosum, Sweets, Pyoderma gangrenosum, Bechet’s disease)
  • Itch and urticaria
  • Blistering Eruptions
  • Photobiology, Photo-dermatoses, Sunscreens
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Drug Reactions
  • Stasis Dermatitis and Ulcers
  • Vulvar Dermatoses
  • Vasculitis
  • Scarring and non-scarring alopecias
  • Neonatal rashes and birthmarks

A short revision period follows at end of each trimester, which culminates with online MCQ assessments.

Students who are selected (on a first come, first served basis) for the one-day Clinical Masterclass (which is non-credit-bearing) at the end of course will have the opportunity to observe real-life patients with common dermatology conditions at the end of course.

How/Where Will I Learn?

All aspects of the course delivery that are credit-bearing are online, via webinars broadcasted via Adobe Connect on Thursdays at 1930 Irish Standard Time(typically). As this is an interactive course with a Q & A session at the end of each live-streamed lecture, we strongly suggest that students attend the live sessions. However, webinars will also be available for  playback (during trimester period it was delivered in) unless otherwise specified.

  • The online course will be delivered by over 20 of Ireland’s most respected Specialist Register Consultant Dermatologists.
  • Course content will be delivered sequentially over 2 trimesters
  • All relevant course materials, including lecture slides in PDF format (non-downloadable), and webinars (non-downloadable) will be made available on  UCD’s Virtual Learning Environment  (Brightspace).
  • Assessment will take place online (please see below for further information).
  • The only on-site activity is the optional clinical masterclass (in Dublin).

Assessment and Qualification

There will be two online case-based scenario MCQ exams, one held at the end of each trimester, which will present various clinical based scenarios, to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The exams will be e-proctored to ensure academic robustness. Students will need a device with integrated webcam and microphone, which meets the e-proctoring software minimum system requirements for invigilation purposes.

  • Both MCQ exams are Must-Pass components (i.e., failure in one cannot be compensated with excellent performance in the other).
  • Students will receive an overall Pass/Fail mark at the end of the course. 

This course is set at Level 9 National Framework Qualification and is a 10-credit award.

Contact Us

For further course information at dermatologyeducation.charles@ucd.ie

Academic Course Director: Professor Desmond J Tobin, Charles Institute of Dermatology, UCD School of Medicine, UCD, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland. 

Module Coordinator: Dr Rosalind Hughes, St Vincent's Hospital & Blackrock Clinic, Dublin, Ireland.

This Professional Certificate covers all aspects of clinical dermatology with a comprehensive lecture schedule delivered by expert Consultant Dermatologists and thusly:

  • Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of dermatological diseases and enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.
  • Equips graduates with the knowledge and expertise required to recognise and treat skin disorders commonly encountered in general practice.

 

ProfCert Clinical Dermatology (X877) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 1500
nonEU    fee per year - € 2500

***Fees are subject to change

To see EU Fee eligbiility criteria, please see this helpful guide to EU Fees; see here for  EU-Fee Assessment process.

Note 1: Onus is on student to make officicial EU Fee Assessment application, if they believe they have been assigned to the wrong fee status.

Note 2: Presuming they meet the EU Fee eligibility criteria, notwithstanding Brexit, UK students will still be eligible for the EU fee rate. 

Applicants must have a Medical degree from a recognised Irish or International Medical School (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent).

 

Student Testimonials:

-VHI Swiftcare Urgent care Doctor-

I really enjoyed the flexibility this course gave me as a student, being able to take this course from the comfort of my home. I have been looking for a course like this for a long time and the overall learning experience was a very nice one

The Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology has excellent content throughout and has given me the confidence to diagnose and treat dermatological conditions in my own current practice. The teaching faculty were great and were always happy to answer questions, either via the live webinars, or directly by email.

The assessment for the course was concise and accurately reflected the content of the lectures, which meant I did not find it difficult on the day of the exam.

A big thank you to UCD and Charles Institute of Dermatology for running this Professional Certificate.

SHO Doctor: 

I found the professional certificate in dermatology very informative. As an SHO with an interest in Dermatology, the course gave me a greater understanding of common dermatological conditions and more confidence in approaching them from a diagnostic and management point of view. 

Very interesting and engaging weekly lectures with up to date literature delivered in an easy to understand format. I’d highly recommend it!

-SHO Doctor.

Teaching Faculty Testimonials:

This course is for everyone with a medical qualification – even psychiatrists (dysmorphic disorders and dermatitis artefacta).  It is not just for GPs, though they can benefit particularly as up to 25% of their referrals are skin-related. Internists can get vital information about systemic disease from the skin and rather than merely looking through it.  Plastic surgeons can learn about more than just the skin’s pliability when cutting through it.  NCHDs at the start of their career will get a broader view of the whole patient and may be inspired to pursue a career in dermatology.  The course is taught by over 20 consultant dermatologists who enthusiastically share and impart their knowledge on this exciting course. -Prof. Sarah Rogers

The UCD Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology will provide medical graduates with comprehensive knowledge on the diagnosis and management of skin disorders. While this online interactive course has particular relevance for General Practitioners, it is also of great benefit for Internal Medicine physicians, Paediatricians, Plastic Surgeons, Allergists, Immunologists and junior doctors who wish to pursue a career in Dermatology. -Assoc. Prof. Caitriona Ryan

 

List of visiting lecture staff who taught on the  2020/21 programme may be found below.May be subject to change for 2021/2022 offering.  N.B. Prof. Desmond Tobin is not a visiting lecture but a full-time UCD faculty member and appears here for illustrative purposes.

Trimester 1

Desmond Tobin

Director, Charles Institute of Dermatology, UCD. Full Professor of Dermatological Science

Sally O'Shea

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Private Hospital Cork and University College Cork

Fergal Moloney

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and UCD

Ian McDonald

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital 

Patricia Lenane

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and UCD

Johnny Bourke

Consultant Dermatologist, South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital and University College Cork 

Caitriona Ryan

Consultant Dermatologist, Institute of Dermatologists® Dublin and UCD

Eleanor Higgins

Consultant Dermatologist, Institute of Dermatologists® Dublin and UCD

Rosalind Hughes

Consultant Dermatologist, St. Vincent's University Hospital

Anne-Marie Tobin

Consultant Dermatologist, Tallaght University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin

Alan Irvine

Consultant Dermatologist, Children's Health Ireland and Trinity College Dublin

Trimester 2:

Sarah Rogers

Consultant Dermatologist and UCD

Bláithín Moriarty 

Consultant Dermatologist, St. Vincent's University Hospital

Trevor Markham

Consultant Dermatologist, University Hospital Galway and National University of Ireland, Galway

Collette McCourt

Consultant Dermatologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Eleanor Higgins

Consultant Dermatologist St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Nicola Ralph

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Private and UCD

Donal O'Kane

Consultant Dermatologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Bairbre Wynne

Consultant Dermatologist,St James Hospital Dublin and Trinity College Dublin


Catherine Foley
Consultancy Dermatologist, Beacon Hospital, Dublin

Eoin Storan

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and University College Cork

Susan O'Gorman

Consultant Dermatologist, St. James Hospital Dublin and Trinity College Dublin

Dmitri Wall

Consultant Dermatologist, Hair Restoration Blackrock, Dublin

Fiona Browne

Consultant Dermatologist, Children's Health Ireland and Trinity College Dublin

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert Clinical Dermatology PT (X877)
Duration
8 Months
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Closed

Application Process/Guidelines:

Please note: If you are applying to UCD for the first time you must register an account. Returning applicants may sign in to an existing account. Once logged in, to find our course go to ‘Course Finder’ and search for X877. Applicants must meet UCD's English Language Requirements.

A detailed, step-by step guide to the UCD online application process is available here.

  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming a successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account. Click on your submitted application, which will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • In most cases, applicants will be required to pay an applciation fee.

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