Skip to main content
Unit of study_

DERM5001: Essential Dermatology

2024 unit information

Essential Dermatology will enable students to diagnose the most common cutaneous presentations, formulate an appropiate differential diagnosis, and complete a management plan. In this unit, you will study the common skin diseases and comprehensively review clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, impact on quality of life, and management. The unit will also cover the clinicopathological correlation and aetiology and pathogenesis of skin disease, and will equip students to interpret histology reports. Diseases are organised by body region and clinical characteristics and include: inflammatory diseases (acne, psoriasis, eczema); autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases (lupus, morphea, pustulosis); cutaneous drug reactions; infections; and cancer. The use of new technologies in diagnosis and treatment is also discussed.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Anaesthesia PGCW

Code DERM5001
Academic unit Anaesthesia PGCW
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
? 
None
Corequisites:
? 
None
Prohibitions:
? 
None
Assumed knowledge:
? 
None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Diagnose and manage common skin conditions
  • LO2. Formulate a differential diagnosis and perform a biopsy when needed and request appropriate investigations
  • LO3. Diagnose, triage, and describe treatment options for skin cancers and their precursors
  • LO4. Recognise and initiate the management of life-threatening skin conditions
  • LO5. Recognise the multiple manifestations of systemic diseases on the skin
  • LO6. Confidently prescribe topical and systemic treatments, from emollients and steroids to immunosuppressants, and understand the benefits and potential side effects of these treatments
  • LO7. Recognise the psychosocial impact of skin disease.

Unit availability

This section lists the session, attendance modes and locations the unit is available in. There is a unit outline for each of the unit availabilities, which gives you information about the unit including assessment details and a schedule of weekly activities.

The outline is published 2 weeks before the first day of teaching. You can look at previous outlines for a guide to the details of a unit.

Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Distance education/intensive on campus Western Clinical School, Westmead
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Distance education/intensive on campus Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Distance education/intensive on campus Remote
Semester 1 2022
Distance education/intensive on campus Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Distance education/intensive on campus Remote
Semester 1 2023
Distance education/intensive on campus Western Clinical School, Westmead

Modes of attendance (MoA)

This refers to the Mode of attendance (MoA) for the unit as it appears when you’re selecting your units in Sydney Student. Find more information about modes of attendance on our website.