Skin cancer is a major public health problem. The incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer has increased over the last years. Skin cancer education, early detection of skin cancer as well as screening and follow-up of people at high risk of melanoma became cornerstones in dermatooncology. Dermoscopy (dermatoscopy, epiluminescence microscopy, surface microscopy) is a non-invasive method in dermatology that enables the visualisation of morphological features not seen by the naked eye and thus links clinical dermatology and dermatopathology. It allows the identification of specific morphologic criteria in different skin tumours, improving significantly the early diagnosis of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), but only for experienced examiners. The earlier diagnosis of malignant skin tumours and avoidance of unnecessary excisions of benign skin tumours leads to decreased morbidity and medical costs.

Furthermore, dermoscopy is becoming increasingly important in the field of general dermatology. Dermoscopy has been shown to facilitate the clinical recognition of several inflammatory and infectious diseases, as well as their discrimination from skin tumours.





Graduates of the Academic Expert of Dermoscopy will acquire fundamental and detailed knowledge in the non-invasive diagnosis of skin cancer. The Academic Expert of Dermoscopy course focusses on scientifically-and evidence-based education in clinical-and dermatoscopical diagnosis of skin tumours, therefore graduates will be able to contribute significantly to the precise diagnosis of different skin tumours and their further management. Moreover, participants will be able to apply dermoscopy in the field of inflammatory and infectious skin-and hair disorders.

Furthermore, general and detailed knowledge of epidemiology as well as primary and secondary prevention of skin cancer is provided, therefore graduates can initiate changes in the health-care system, especially in the field of prevention of skin cancer.

Participants will be able to review and identify relevant literature in the field of skin cancer, its epidemiology and prevention and in the field of dermoscopy.-

Target group


Physicians (General Practitioners, Dermatologists, occupational health physician, physicians who work in preventive medicine, gerontologists, other specialists) and nurses who wish to gain advanced expertise in the theoretical and practical diagnosis and management of skin tumours.



Admission to the course


One of the following conditions must be met:

  • Completed medical degree (M.D.)
  • Finished degree in nursing sciences equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Degree of Bachelor in any health profession
  • Diploma in nursing with clinical assistance licensed to practice
  • AND: at least two-years of professional experience in the field of dermatology




  • Epidemiology of skin tumours and prevention
    • Epidemiology of melanoma and of Non-melanoma skin cancer
    • Primary and secondary prevention of skin tumours
  • Principles of dermoscopy and technical background
    • History of skin surface microscopy and dermoscopy
    • Physics of dermoscopy
    • Terminologies in dermoscopy
  • Dermoscopic criteria
    • Melanocytic tumours and histopathological correlates
    • Non-melanocytic tumours and histopathological correlates
    • Vessels and histopathological correlates
    • The skin biopsy
  • Pattern Analysis
    • Nevi and dermatoscopic patterns
    • Melanoma and its dermatoscopic patterns
    • NMSC and dermatoscopic patterns
    • Non-pigmented tumours and dermatoscopic patterns
  • Diagnostic algorithms
  • Dermoscopy in the daily routine
    • Melanocytic tumours on special locations
    • Diagnosis and management of red, black, blue and regressive lesions
    • Follow-up of skin tumours, Genetic counseling
  • Dermoscopic-pathologic correlation
    • Interactive study of own cases concerning, clinic, dermoscopy and histology
    • Training of diagnostic accuracy on the basis of 150 cases
  • Dermoscopy of NMSC, skin directed therapy of NMSC
    • Trichoscopy
  • Training in a Center of Excellence (see below)
  • Presentation of own cases with, discussion, review of the literature, interpretation and proposal of therapy


The Academic Expert in dermoscopy is a two-years postgraduate distance (online)-part-time course and lasts 4 semesters containing 10 teaching modules, including training in a center of excellence (see below).


At the end of each module students have to pass online-exams. At the end of the course students have to present own cases and discuss them according to the current literature via the internet. After successfully completing students will receive a certificate of the Medical University of Graz ("Academic Expert in Dermoscopy")

Faculty and Centers of Excellence

The course is presented by international experts of Dermatology and Dermoscopy, all of them members of the International Dermoscopy Society, most of them pioneers of dermoscopy and all of them with high degrees of experience in the field of dermoscopy.

Hofmann-Wellenhof Rainer, MD, Zalaudek Iris, MD,

Giuseppe Argenziano, MD, Whiteman David B Med Sc, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FAFPHM, Blum Andreas, MD, Ralph Braun,MD, Fink-Puches Regina, MD, Kittler Harald, MD, Malvehy Josep, MD, Marghoob Ashfaq A., MD, Massone Cesare, MD, Menzies Scott, MD, Puig Susana, MD, Rudnicka Lidia, MD, Saida Toshiaki, MD, Slowinska Monika, MD, Soyer H. Peter, MD, Tanaka Masaru. MD, Wolf Ingrid H., MD

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