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 Basic Dermoscopy Diploma will gain basic knowledge concerning technique and application of dermoscopy. The course will focus on the basic description of the most frequent benign and malignant skin lesions and their dermatoscopic criteria. Central issue of this course is to acquire knowledge on most important dermatoscopic structures. Participants of this course will be able to assess skin lesions and differentiate benign from malignant skin tumours, as well as melanocytic from non-melanocytic lesions through application of most important and frequent dermoscopic criteria. The three-point checklist as a screening for early detection of melanoma will be able to be applied by graduates of Basic Dermoscopy Diploma.

Target group

Physicians (General Practitioners, Dermatologists, other specialists) and nurses who wish to gain 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.)
  • Degree in nursing sciences equivalent to a Bachelor degree or higher
  • Degree of Bachelor in any health profession
  • Diploma in nursing with clinical assistance licensed to practice


  • Introduction to dermoscopy
    • Clinical and dermatoscopic examination
    • Principles of dermoscopy and technical background – physics of dermoscopy
    • Different devices
  • Dermatoscopic criteria
    • Melanocytic tumours and histopathological correlates
    • Non-melanocytic tumours and histopathological correlates
    • Vessels and histopathological correlates
  • Skin tumours
    • Melanocytic tumours of the skin (Nevus, melanoma)
    • Non-melanocytic tumours (benign and malignant non-melanocvytic tumours)
  • Facial lesions
  • Three point checklist and its application


The Basic dermoscopy diploma course is a postgraduate, distance learning (online), part-time course and lasts 2 semesters containing 6 teaching modules.


At the end of each module students have to pass on-line exams. At the end of the course students have to present own cases and examples and should interpret and discuss them online. After successfully completing, students will receive a certificate of the Medical University of Graz (International Dermoscopy Diploma of the Medical University of Graz).


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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