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Unit Code: DMT900

Unit Name: Dermatology IV

Description: Dermatology is a medical specialty which focuses on diseases which involve the skin. This includes both diseases which primarily involve the skin and diseases for which the skin is one of the components of the disease. In addition, it includes the surgical and other physical management of conditions which involve the skin. It includes disease prevention, diagnosis and management. DMT900 is the final year of the Master of Medicine in Dermatology programme developed to address the need for Specialist Dermatologists in the Pacific. It utilizes the prior knowledge and skills attained during the study of the postgraduate Diploma in in Dermatology (DMT801) and the first two years of the formal Masters of Medicine in Dermatology (DMT820 and DMT830) to enable the candidate to function as a trainee specialist dermatologist. This course is offered to be flexible such that candidates can be apprentices to specialists either in Fiji, or in their home countries where a suitable supervisor is available, or in an overseas location approved by FNU.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to: 1. Evaluate and manage the complex skin problems within their own jurisdiction, competently and confidently. 2. Demonstrate confidence and competence in performing the following procedures: incisional and excisional skin biopsies, excision of skin growths, diathermy and cautery, cryotherapy and intralesional injections. 3. Support and provide counselling to patients, families and carers about the illness using effective verbal and nonverbal communication. 4. Role-model professional conduct, compassion, and cultural sensitivity in daily practice. 5. Facilitate and support ongoing learning and professional development by encouraging continuing medical education (CME) and by imparting dermatology knowledge to fellow workers including other doctors, medical students, nurses, health educators and also to the general public in activities such as community education with minimal supervision. 6. Demonstrate safe and ethical practice. 7. Organize, manage, implement and evaluate dermatology programmes within their own countries. 8. Construct their own network of support/resource people for consultations and know when to use them. 9. Collaborate with policy makers on the varied issues pertaining to skin health.

Prerequisite: DMT830

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 120

Offered In: Semester 1,2