Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Dermatology

Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology

The Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology is an AQF Level 8 post graduate qualification. This course is a ‘nested’ component of the Full Master of Cosmetic Dermatology Program. The other components of this ‘nested’ program include the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology (which must have been completed prior to enrolment in the Graduate Diploma program) and the Masters ‘Capstone’ components comprised of advanced studies in research methodology and the completion of a Minor Research Project (12 – 15,000 word Mini Thesis).

Students who complete all three components of the Full Master of Cosmetic Dermatology Program will be awarded the qualification, ‘Master of Cosmetic Dermatology’ by the College.

Note that students who do not wish to complete the Masters ‘Capstone’ component of the Full Master of Cosmetic Dermatology Program may elect to exit the program with the award of Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology.

Course Overview | Course Components | Learning Outcomes | Eligibility | Course Duration | Fees | Enrolment | Teaching Strategies | Assessments

Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology is comprised of 2 compulsory core subjects. These compulsory core subjects along with two ‘self-selected’ advanced Elective subjects must be completed fully and successfully to be granted the qualification ‘Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology’.

The course falls into two distinct divisions, dealing with the development and application of specified procedural knowledge and skills through exposure/participation in procedural/clinical experiences (the core ‘practicum based’ subjects) and further development of knowledge in selected specialized areas of dermatological practice (the advanced ‘Elective’ subjects) respectively. Click here to download/view the current Course Outline

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Course Components

This course, as with the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology adopts a ‘blended’ approach to teaching and learning. It makes use of, where appropriate, virtual classes and tutorials, clinical experiences and F2F components.

Click the links below to view/download the Subject Outlines for this course

Compulsory Core Subjects (Procedural/Clinical application and experiences):

Elective Subjects (Theoretical Focus – Select 2 only):

Pre requisites:
Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology

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Learning Outcomes

CLOD 1: Plan complex cosmetic treatment regimens to address specific conditions and/or criteria in relation to patient’s conditions/presentations
CLOD 2: Perform a range of complex cosmetic treatments appropriate to the specific conditions and/or criteria in relation to patient’s conditions/presentations
CLOD 3: Critically review patient outcomes.
CLOD 4: Develop, monitor and/or manage further and/or ongoing treatment plans where appropriate
CLOD 5: Demonstrate a wide range of skills in the use of injectable products to achieve maximum cosmesis in cosmetic dermatology patients
CLOD 6: Demonstrate a wide range of skills in the use of surface active procedures to achieve maximum cosmesis in cosmetic dermatology patients

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Eligibility

Enrolment is open only to persons who can demonstrate the criteria set out below:

  • Successfully completion the Graduate Certificate of Cosmetic Dermatology
  • A bachelor degree in medicine or its equivalent
  • Registration to practice medicine within Australia
  • Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD)

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Course Duration*

  • Full Time Students
    • Minimum completion time 0.5 years (1 semester)
    • ‘Expected Average’ completion time 0.5 years (1 semester)
    • Maximum completion time 1.0 year (2 semesters)
  • Part Time Students
    • Minimum completion time 1 year (2 semesters)
    • Maximum completion time 2.0 years (4 semesters)

*Timings based on no periods of leave and timing of course/subject offerings.

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Fees

Each of the core subjects attract a fee of $1,500. Each of the ‘Elective Subjects’ also attracts a fee of $1,500. The full cost to obtain the Graduate Diploma will be $6,000 (2 core subjects + 2 elective subjects)

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Enrolment

To enrol in this course please click here.

NOTE: to enrol on this course you must have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in advance.

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Teaching Strategies

The teaching strategies adopted in the Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology program will reflect the nature of the subject being ‘taught’.

Core practicum subjects may have strategies such as:

  • Supervised/supported, development and demonstration of procedural knowledge and skills through such methodologies as:
    • DOPS
    • Mini CEx
    • Individual performance
    • Observation of and/or performance in simulated environments with feedback
  • Unstructured expert observation of clinically based procedures with in situ feedback
  • Live teaching tutorials involving expert demonstration of procedural techniques/skills
  • Virtual procedurally based teaching sessions
  • Provision of recorded selected procedural examples of ‘expert practice’

Electives will be more theoretically orientated and may involve a combination of strategies including:

  • Weekly scheduled virtual F2F scheduled teaching/tutorial/student interaction sessions using online synchronous webinar technologies.
  • Online open discussion spaces (synchronous/asynchronous)
  • Independent online learning/activity within the supporting online content modules
  • Live teaching/tutorial scheduled sessions and combined assessment of clinical knowledge and skills (where appropriate)
  • Access to pre-recorded lectures/tutorial sessions
  • Clinically based procedural tutorial where appropriate
  • Independent/Self Directed Problem Based Learning

Total teaching format time will be determined by the nature of the subject being delivered. The format distribution listed below will apply to subjects with a dominant ‘theoretical’ component (Electives).

  • Virtual and/or F2F scheduled teaching/student interaction sessions using online synchronous webinar technologies and/or physical locations: (Max 70-80%)
  • Other formats including live teaching/clinical and/or work-place based interaction

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Assessment

The Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology falls into two divisions. Naturally, the assessment strategies adopted will reflect the nature of these divisions.  Overall, the Graduate Diploma program will have the following breakdown is assessment components:

  • Practical component of generally not less than 50%
  • Coursework/knowledge component of generally not more than 50%

The form and weighting of assessments may vary from subject to subject within this course as well as from time to time

Practicum subjects will generally involve a combination of assessment of competency in procedural skills and the development/presentation of a portfolio of ‘essential procedural’ experiences.

With regard to the compulsory Core Subjects both teaching and assessment will centre on practical experience and application of procedural skills and knowledge, both under supervision and in independent practice.

Consequently, the breakdown for assessment weighting in these core subjects would generally be:

  • Practical component of generally not less than 70%
  • Coursework/knowledge component of not more than 30%

Acknowledgements 

The Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology Course has been developed with the generous support of a number of College Fellows and external experts.

The Steering Committee:

Dr Greg Goodman (Chair of the committee), Dr Adrian Lim, Dr Alice Rudd, Dr Shobhan Manoharan , Dr Chris Jalilian and Dr Bob Corderoy (College)

Contributing Authors (Fellows and external experts):

Dr’s: Greg Goodman, Russell Hill, Kathryn D’Ambrosis, Ritu Gupta, Adrian Lim, Shobhan Manoharan,  Elizabeth Dawes-Higgs, Nina Wines, Irene Grigoris, Natasha Cook, Howard Studniberg, Esther Hong, Phil Artemi, Michelle Rodrigues,Terence Poon, John Sullivan, Todd Gunsen, Jack Green, Anita Lasocki, Belinda Walsh, Ken MacDonald, Alice Rudd, Vanessa Morgan, Hugh Robertrs, Antoinatte Ciconte, John Sullivan, and Grant Bellaney (Encorė Cosmetic Clinic, New Zealand).

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If you are interested in finding out more about this course, (including: curriculum, course and subject outlines, study load, assessment and progression guidelines, please forward your details to kirsty@dermcoll.edu.au.