Membership of the Australian Institute of Dermatology
    Event Date: 
    Sat, 02/02/2019 (All day) - Tue, 09/10/2019 (All day)


    Dr Ian McColl FACD

                                              Membership of the AID

                               Delivered by the Australian Institute of Dermatology    



    Thank you for your enquiry about Membership of the Australian Institute of Dermatology. The course is open to all Medical graduates in Australia or overseas It will commence in Feb 2019 and run over two semesters of 14 weeks each. It will be structured around Habif’s textbook on Clinical Dermatology but will emphasise skin diagnosis and treatment. There will be a weekend introductory course on the 3rd and 4th Feb at the John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast,  to orientate you and to discuss and familiarise you with the technologies involved in the course delivery, including photography, internet broadband connections, teleconferencing, and online case presentation and to give you some novel algorithms for skin diagnosis and some introductory lectures on common skin diseases.


    Course Hardware Requirements   Mac running Leopard operating system or PC Computer running XP or Vista or Windows 7 or 10 with a broadband internet connection, preferably ADSL 2 or a good wireless connection.  A digital camera such as the Canon Powershot or the Sony Cybershot series which are easy to use and have excellent macros for taking close up images.


    Course Software and Books  You should purchase a copy of Clinical Dermatology by Habif. Get the e edition with website access although the book itself is all that is required for the course.  You should also have an Image management programme such as ACD See or similar or the web based Picasa


    Course Delivery  The course will be delivered by Dr Ian McColl, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, using the My Skin Consult website  over 14 two weekly modules, 7 in each semester. In the first week of each module you are expected to read the online module and the relevant chapters in Habif and listen to the module Podcast. At the end of each module there are some MCQs and a written module assessment which you complete online. The second week of each module is presented online via the Learn Dermatology blog at  where there will be daily cases illustrating features of the topics discussed in the module and a daily podcast. This blog provides a forum for discussion by the students and their tutor.


    Teleconferences  There will be two one hour video teleconferences , 1 each week, for each  module. These are video teleconferences using the Go To Meeting facility during which you will be able to see my monitor screen and interact during my talk. You can also take over the mouse and point and comment on the images. These  teleconferences will be recorded and made them available as a Podcast . This will be useful if you are unable to make a particular online meeting. We hope to run these on Thursday evenings  from 8.30-9.30pm, Eastern Australia Standard Time.


    Assessment  You will be assessed on your module MCQs and written module questions on an ongoing basis. You are also required to present 5 cases each semester from your own practice. These are presented by you in the Virtual Clinical Meeting section of the My Skin Consult website, where I will comment on them.

    There will be two live online examinations during the course, one at the end of semester 1 and the second shortly after the completion of the course.



    Cost of the Membership Course  The fee  including the weekend meeting, will be $3850 (Aus) including GST  if you register for the course before the 1st December 2018 or $3995 including GST after that date.

    The initial deposit to secure a place in the course is $1000 with the balance payable in full before the cut off date of 1st December for the earlybird rate or 4 weeks before the course commences ie 6th January for the full rate. See the Enrolment form for payment details.



     The course registration form can be downloaded from THIS LINK

    Membership  Course Module Content


    Semester 1


    Module 1A  Introduction to skin morphology and diagnosis .

    Module 1B Topical Therapy and Topical Steroids

    Module 2A Eczema and Hand Dermatitis

    Module 2B Contact Dermatitis and Patch Testing

    Module 2C Atopic Dermatitis

    Module 3A Acne vulgaris and related disorders

    Module 3B Rosacea and related disorders

    Module 4A Psoriasis and the other Papulosquamous Diseases

    Module 4B Psoriasis and the other Papulosquamous Diseases

    Module 4C Psoriasis and other Papulosquamous diseases

    Module 5A Bacterial Skin Infections

    Module 5B Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Infections

    Module 6A Sexually transmitted viral infections and AIDS

    Module 6B  Warts, Herpes Simplex and other Viral Infections

    Module 7A Superficial Fungal Infections

    Module 7B Deep fungal infections, Mycobacteria and Leishmaniasis


    Semester 2.


    Module 8A  Viral Exanthems and Drug Eruptions

    Module 8B Other Pediatric skin diseases

    Module 9A Infestations and Bites

    Module 9B Vesicular and Bullous diseases

    Module 10A Connective Tissue Diseases

    Module 10B Urticaria and Angioedema

    Module 10C Hypersensitivity Syndromes and Vasculitis

    Module  11A  Light Related Diseases and Disorders of Pigmentation

    Module 11B  Benign Skin Tumours

    Module 11C  Pre-malignant/malignant non melanoma skin tumours and Lymphomas

    Module 12A  Nevi and Malignant Melanoma

    Module  12B Vascular tumours and malformations

    Module 13A  - Hair Diseases

    Module 13B -  Nail Diseases

    Module 14A  Cutaneous Manifestations of Internal disease

    Module 14B – Dermatological surgical and cosmetic procedures.


    The Learn Dermatology Blog  will be used to illustrate and describe cases relevant to each of the modules being discussed. Daily cases will be posted here in the second week of each module. A podcast will accompany each case.


    Continuing Professional Development  Points have been awarded by the relevant Colleges including RACGP and ACRRM. The Diploma has been assessed by the Chief Censor of the Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand as satisfying the dermatology component of their Fellowship.


    Starting Dates  The course will commence with a Weekend Meeting at the John Flynn Hospital on The Gold Coast on Sat 3rd and Sunday 4th of February 2018 . The first examination online will be at the end of the first semester on 16th May and the second online examination shortly after the completion of the course after the 5th September.

    Note  The course is limited to 40 places to ensure each participant receives individual attention


    Important  The Membership  Course does not allow you to practice in Australia as a Specialist Dermatologist. It should however give you an excellent grounding in the subject and allow you to be a reference doctor re skin diseases in your practice or local community.


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