Studying at Postgraduate Diploma level should provide you with a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting. In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will have the opportunity to practice and develop abilities in critical analysis, in the application of evidence based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively.
Physicians can qualify for this specialization by completing both a pediatric residency and a dermatology residency. Or they might elect to complete a post-residency fellowship. This field encompasses the complex diseases of the neonates, hereditary skin diseases or genodermatoses, and the many difficulties of working with the pediatric population.
The specialty has a wide remit, with over 2,000 possible diagnoses. However, with recent advances in medicine more people can be treated for chronic diseases, so that their illness is controlled; and this makes the specialty particularly rewarding.
The two assessments at station 2 will be based on your responses to two separate questions – one on the subject of research & academic medicine, and the other on professionalism & governance. Research & academic medicine Of the 10 minutes at station 2, five minutes will be given to discussion of research/academic medicine. There are two methods by which your understanding of research/academic medicine issues will be assessed here; either in pure discussion, or with the use of an abstract which will be provided to you before arriving at the station. You will be notified which method is to be used; and obviously, if it is the abstract method, you will be provided with the abstract before arriving at the station. Whichever method is used, you will be assessed upon your understanding of research and academic medicine. Discussion Should it be the case that you are to discuss research in general, interviewers will give you some brief questions upon your arrival at the station. As general guidance here, you should consider the challenges, costs and benefits of research, its role/relevance to medicine broadly, plus some more specific considerations regarding any research experience you have had, bodies involved commonly in research, and the approach to research you have taken, or would take. Abstract If it is the case your research discussion will be in reference to a particular abstract, you will be expected to consider this in the transfer time before the station, before discussing this upon arrival at the station. Upon receiving the document, read it in full and then consider the main points, important areas, potential application of any findings; and be critical in your analysis. Professionalism & governance Following the scenario will be discussion of professionalism and governance. This discussion will be prompted by a short question (often a single sentence) provided by interviewers. This will not be given to you before arriving at the station – this will be given verbally by interviewers once the presentation is finished. This section of the interview is designed to assess your demonstration and understanding of professionalism and governance in a given situation. Familiarise yourself with Good Medical Practice Please note – assessment of professionalism & governance is underpinned by the principles of GMC Good Medical Practice.
Dermatology Consulting is a private clinic based in the heart of Tunbridge Wells which specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems, both in adults and children, as well as cosmetic dermatology and laser treatments. It is led by Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Anne Farrell, who is on the specialist register of Consultant Dermatologists. The Dermatology Consulting Clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission, having passed their programme of inspections. It is recognised for full reimbursement by most the major insurance companies. Patients are welcome to self refer to the clinic. The aim of Dermatology Consulting is to provide the highest quality of dermatology care, putting into practice the latest information and technology available from the most influential international dermatology meetings and current research. We offer a comprehensive range of treatments for general dermatology problems (including skin cancer, moles, eczema and psoriasis, skin allergies, hair problems, rashes and acne). As a consultant dermatologist, Dr Farrell is fully trained to recognise and treat the whole spectrum of skin problems. This means that Dr Farrell is also in the best position to provide a scientific approach to cosmetic dermatology including laser treatments and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Recent years have seen a proliferation of new ‘cosmetic’ and ‘skin rejuvenation’ treatments, many of which have been launched with relatively little research. The results have often failed to live up to the manufacturers’ claims resulting in patients often being disappointed that the treatment has failed to deliver what they expected. At Dermatology Consulting, Dr Farrell extensively researches the new technology with regular attendances at the latest scientific meetings and visits to overseas centres of excellence to ensure that the equipment used by Dermatology Consulting is the most recent and effective available.
Interview scoring Appointable – automatic If you are awarded a score of at least 3/5, for all marks given to you at your interview, then you will automatically be classed as appointable. If your 12 interview scores contain one or two marks of 2/5 (and the rest 3/5 or above), and you receive a total raw interview score of 36 or above, then you will automatically be classed as appointable. Not appointable – automatic If any of the 12 scores awarded to you at interview are 1/5, this will reflect poor performance and an area of major concern. If three or more of your 12 interview scores are of 2/5, this will reflect several areas of concern across your whole interview. Should your interview assessment falls under either category above, the level of concern over your potential progression to ST3 will see your application classed automatically as not appointable .
The BVDSG holds two annual meetings – a day meeting prior to the main British Small Animal Veterinary Association meeting in April, and a weekend meeting usually in November. Both meetings attract eminent speakers from home and abroad, covering all aspects of veterinary and human dermatology. Members also have an opportunity to present their own work and findings at each meeting.
Third interviewer There may be a third interviewer present here, who is brought in to assist with reviewing of this documentation, allowing the other two clinicians to contentrate on questioning. This third interviewer will not award a score, although they can bring items to the attention of the other two interviewers who will be awarding scores. Areas for assessment The two main aspects of discussion here, on which you will be assessed, will be your suitability for and commitment to ST3 training in the specialty, and your achievements to date.
As part of the process of applying to ST3, you may wish to gain an idea of how recruitment progressed in previous years for the various specialties participating in JRCPTB-coordinated recruitment. To this end, we have published data dating back to 2013 (where this is available), based around four main areas: Competition ratios – application numbers submitted to each specialty, along with the number of NTN and LAT posts available in each. It is worth noting that posts are subject to change throughout the round (increasing on average between 20-40%), and post numbers for this data are taken at the end of the round. Shortlist scores – the scores awarded to all submitted applications, including average scores and distribution nationally. Total scores – the total score awarded to all candidates who completed the full recruitment process for a specialty (application and interview), including some analysis of scores. Post fill rates – the number of posts filled by region. We have published information for all specialties participating in our process that year; consequently not all specialties will have data in all cases.
Patient quote “To all the fabulous nurses. Thank you for all your care and sympathy over the last year. Not only was the care needed but also someone to laugh and cry with.” Send us your comments Patient and visitor guides Inpatients Outpatients Visitors Help keep our hospitals clean Help us keep our hospitals clean Dermatology (Skin conditions) Dermatology (Skin conditions) Services and Clinics Meet the team Departments – the what, where and who A Day in the Life of Dermatology – our department in pictures Contact us Patient testimonials Research, Development and Education Patient Information Resources Your treatment and medication Skin Deep – can you help our charitable fund? Information for Professionals Self-pay Laser Treatments Dermatology (Skin conditions) The Dermatology service, based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, is a leading provider of specialist healthcare and advice on skin conditions for both adults and children in the North East of England. This website will hopefully give you some more information about what we do, where we do it, and how you can access our services. Who we are – caring for you with a personal touch Our highly skilled clinical and nursing staff see over 80,000 patients every year, and carry out an extensive range of investigations and treatments for skin cancer (melanomas) and all other types of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin ulcers. We also provide a number of clinics throughout the region in order to provide care to our patients closer to their homes. The department is also at the forefront of education, research and development and has very strong links with local universities. What we do – our services and clinics We have an extensive range of specialist clinics and treatments available which are all available for your GP to book you into via Choose and Book. They include; Melanoma Screening Clinic – for patients referred by their GPs with suspected melanoma, a common and easily treatable form of skin cancer if diagnosed early. This service is available via your GP through the Choose and Book system and you will be offered an appointment within 2 weeks. Phototherapy – an innovative and highly effective light treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Mohs micrographic surgery – an extremely successful method of skin surgery that only removes the cancer cells. This is particularly appreciated where the skin cancer is very visible. Genital Dermatoses Clinic – the only clinic in the North of England for people with skin problems around the genital area. See our Services and Clinics section to see a full list of clinics available. We run clinics not only in Newcastle but throughout the region as far north as Berwick. Where we are – our ward and outpatient department Most of our tests and treatments are provided in our outpatient department without the need for an overnight stay. If you need to be admitted for longer term care you will be looked after on Ward 5 at the RVI. All of our services are based within the New Victoria Wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Meet our team of staff All of our staff are highly-skilled and experienced in delivering the best patient care. In the section linked here you can learn a bit more about some of the staff that you might meet within Dermatology. Dermatology staff
Dermatology services Our award-winning dermatology department is known as St John’s Institute of Dermatology. It opened in 1863, and is now one of the world’s leading centres for patients with skin disease. We are the largest clinical dermatology department in the UK. We treat a range of skin diseases, including rare and very severe conditions that require treatments not available elsewhere in the UK. We are also an internationally recognised centre of research.
These scores are then combined to give your total score which is determing your ranking which will in turn be used to inform how offers are made. The weighting of different sections, as well as the method by which your total score is established, can be seen by clicking on ‘Total score calculation’ below.
You will spend approximately 10 minutes at each of the three interview stations, with three-to-five minutes’ transfer time between each. Thus the overall time for the interview will be approximately 40-45 minutes. Click on the relevant stations below for more information on the content of the interview. Please note that this is subject to change, and will be confirmed by the date of interview.
The dermatology team provides a comprehensive service for adults and children with skin problems. In addition to the general skin clinic, there are specialist clinics for early diagnosis and management of skin cancer, mole checks, children’s dermatology, hyperhidrosis, cutaneous infections, vulval skin disorders and cutaneous sarcoid.
This is where your application form and training to date will be reviewed. This will include checking the documentation you have brought along to ensure all content on your application form is correct. Third interviewer There may be a third interviewer present here, who is brought in to assist with reviewing of this documentation, allowing the other two clinicians to contentrate on questioning. This third interviewer will not award a score, although they can bring items to the attention of the other two interviewers who will be awarding scores. Areas for assessment The two main aspects of discussion here, on which you will be assessed, will be your suitability for and commitment to ST3 training in the specialty, and your achievements to date.
We offer a comprehensive range of treatments for general dermatology problems (including skin cancer, moles, eczema and psoriasis, skin allergies, hair problems, rashes and acne). As a consultant dermatologist, Dr Farrell is fully trained to recognise and treat the whole spectrum of skin problems. This means that Dr Farrell is also in the best position to provide a scientific approach to cosmetic dermatology including laser treatments and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
After interview, a weighting is applied to the scores in each area, as well as the ‘shortlist’ score awarded to your application form. These scores are then combined to give your total score which is determing your ranking which will in turn be used to inform how offers are made. The weighting of different sections, as well as the method by which your total score is established, can be seen by clicking on ‘Total score calculation’ below. Please note that this is subject to change, and will be confirmed by the date of interview.
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About ECVD The European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD), established in 1992, strives to provide the veterinary and profession general public with expert care for animals with dermatological diseases through residency trained European Specialists in Veterinary Dermatology. The College is a non profit-making organisation and does not pursue commercial interests. It’s before specialists have undergone extensive, well-defined training over many years within the field of dermatology and diseases before passing a demanding process of internationally accepted board examinations. This process assures a quality service to the general pet owning public, to referring vets and protection of the public from unqualified “specialists” View more
A dermatolopathologist is a pathologist or dermatologist who specializes in the pathology of the skin. This field is shared by dermatologists and pathologists. Usually a dermatologist or pathologist will complete one year of dermatopathology fellowship. This usually includes six months of general pathology, and six months of dermatopathology. Alumni of both specialties can qualify as dermatopathologists. At the completion of a standard residency in dermatology, many dermatologists are also competent at dermatopathology. Some dermatopathologists qualify to sit for their examinations by completing a residency in dermatology and one in pathology.
Training in dermatology provides time for critical appraisal, analysis and academic development, which is not always available in other specialties. It also provides exposure to skin diseases and their interface with adult and paediatric medicine.
Skin disease is very common, accounting for approximately 15 per cent of GP consultations, and the number of possible dermatological diagnoses has been estimated at 4000, each of which can present in different ways. In secondary care, dermatology offers a wide variety of case mix in all age groups from mild complaints to severe, life limiting inflammatory disorders.
The selected metrics report provides details about the previous year’s examination. All the statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The reports are also available to other stakeholders (e.g. deaneries’ representatives, board members, trainees’ supervisors) who would like to find out more about candidates’ performance in order to be able to make informed decisions about training programmes or examination standards.
The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UKDCTN) is a dermatology clinical trials network open to anyone with an interest in applied dermatological research. The Network was developed in 2002 by Professor Hywel Williams and a group of academic and clinical colleagues in response to the growing need for high quality evidence to inform dermatology clinical practice. The UK DCTN has now developed into a collaborative, national network of dermatologists, nurses, health service researchers and patient representatives.
Teledermatology is a form of dermatology where telecommunication technologies are used to exchange medical information via all kinds of media (audio, visual and also data communication, but typically photos of dermatologic conditions) usually made by non-dermatologists for evaluation off-site by dermatologists). This subspecialty deals with options to view skin conditions over a large distance to provide knowledge exchange, to establish second-opinion services for experts or to use this for follow-up of individuals with chronic skin conditions. Teledermatology can reduce wait times by allowing dermatologists to treat minor conditions online while serious conditions requiring immediate care are given priority for appointments.
e-dermatology is an online learning resource which focuses on the diagnosis and management of common dermatological disorders. Initially designed for trainees, it is now also available, free of charge, to all clinicians working in the NHS and all members of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) in the UK.
National single centre model This specialty uses the single centre recruitment model. You will not be required to give any preferences of particular regions when completing your application; you are applying purely for the specialty at that stage. Later on, you will be required to give preferences of the available posts – at that point, you can opt to be considered for as many (or as few) post vacancies available nationally as you wish. Lead region and single centre interviews The specialty will nominate a particular region to act as lead for the round; this region is shown under the ‘Who do I contact?’ tab above. This lead region will review all applications, liaise with all candidates, host interviews, verify assessments, and make offers on behalf of all regions nationally. Your application will be handled solely by the lead region throughout the entire round, up to the point where you receive and accept an offer; after which it will be transferred to the region where the post is based for pre-employment checks. All interviews will be held at this lead region although the clinicians making up the interview panel will be drawn from a national background – ie not just from the host region.