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Dermatology for Primary Care

Dates: 26 June to 18 August 2017
Venue: Groote Schuur & Red Cross Hospital
​Time:  08h00 to 16h00 (weeks on campus)  

Course fee is R 5 000 (The fee includes the textbook, "Handbook of Dermatology for Primary Care - A Practical Guide to Diagnosis" 2nd edition by Saxe, Jessop and Todd, and will be provided at the course.)

For any course related queries please contact:

Course Convenors

Dr Susan Jessop (082 939 7134) or Sr Anthia Ndyenga (076 103 6437/021 404 3376)

CPD Points

Please note: Internet access via a computer/smart phone will be required for the distance learning component.

This is an 8 week blended course for Registered Medical Officers and Nurses, covering the diagnosis, treatment and correct management of common skin conditions. It is offered in an effort to meet community driven demands for these dermatology services.

The programme consists of 1 week of face to face learning, combined with 6 weeks of online assignments and practical tasks, supported by online contact with lecturing staff. The course ends with 1 week of revision and assessment. A certificate will be awarded to successful candidates.

Internet access via a computer/smart phone will be required for the distance learning component. Preference will be given to health practitioners working in primary care settings. It is expected that practitioners will return to their place of work during the 6 weeks off campus.

The on-campus weeks of the course will be held at Ward G23/ OPD H Floor New Groote Schuur Hospital and at Red Cross Hospital OPD 1st Floor Room S27.

Course Content:

  • Language of  dermatology
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin and related organs, microbiology of normal and abnormal skin
  • Management of common skin conditions and promotion of skin health
  • Life-threatening skin problems, requiring referral to specialist level of care
  • Interim care of patients with life-threatening skin disorders, awaiting transfer to a higher level of care (e.g. drug reactions erythroderma and others)
  • Skin signs of serious systemic disorders such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and diabetes
  • Wound care
  • Occupation-related skin disorders management and referral to a higher level of care 
  • Health Education and the application of topical treatment
  • The impact of skin disorders on the individual, the family and the community

Email ce.administration@uct.ac.za for more information or to register.