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Unit Code: DMT801

Unit Name: Dermatology I

Description: The course aims to equip trainees with sufficient knowledge of dermatology complimented with appropriate surgical skills so they can grow into the field of dermatology and maybe upon further training they can progress to Masters level and Specialisation in this area. The eight areas that will be covered are: 1. Basic Sciences and Pharmacology 2. Infectious Dermatology and Leprosy 3. Non Infectious Dermatology 4. Procedural Dermatology 5. Pediatric Dermatology 6. Public Health – Ethics and Professionalism 7. Histopathology 8. Microbiology. Ethics and Public Health with emphasis on Fiji and Pacific context.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to: 1. Utilise the relevant knowledge of basic clinical sciences including anatomy, physiology and microbiology in the practice of dermatology. 2. Explain the pharmacology of medications commonly used in the practice of dermatology such as corticosteroids, antibiotics and methotrexate. 3. Explain the dermatopathology of common and /or serious skin conditions including leprosy. 4. Demonstrate assessment of patients correctly through comprehensive history taking and detailed clinical examination utilising ethical principles. 5. Analyze differential diagnoses through knowledge of skin diseases including their epidemiology and clinical presentations. 6. Formulate definitive diagnoses of skin diseases after analysis of relevant investigations including dermatopathology and skin smears. 7. Utilise knowledge and skills to determine the most appropriate therapeutics and management plans for common and/or serious skin conditions. 8. Demonstrate skills in undertaking surgical dermatologic procedures including simple skin biopsies, excisions, cryotherapy and intralesional therapies following ethical protocols and manage their complications. 9. Utilise scientific method in clinical case documentation. 10. Analyze the burden of leprosy, its complications and manage them appropriately. 11. Appraise the value of ethical practice including ability to address needs of diverse patients considering their beliefs, cultures, traditions and sexual orientation. 12. Design and provide appropriate dermatological education and care at all levels of healthcare services.

Prerequisite: Minimum Entry Requirement.

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 120

Offered In: Semester 1,2