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8th Annual Practical Course in Dermoscopy and Update on Malignant Melanoma

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:


  • Apply pattern analysis and simple algorithms for the identification of skin neoplasms
  • Differentiate melanocytic from non-melanocytic lesions
  • Identify non-melanocytic lesions using dermoscopy
  • Assess the need to biopsy based on dermoscopic findings
  • Describe the specific regional variations for melanocytic morphologies
  • Identify situations where dermoscopy is not useful
  • Explain other uses for dermoscopy than the analysis of neoplasms


  • Explain the epidemiology and risk factors of cutaneous melanoma, as well as clinical and pathologic diagnostic criteria of pigmented lesions
  • Present information on primary prevention of melanoma, with emphasis on recent changes in sunscreen labeling
  • Review the standard surgical techniques for biopsy and excision of primary melanoma
  • Apply recent data regarding excision and sentinel lymph node dissections
  • Review molecular abnormalities found in melanoma and how this impacts treatment
  • Discuss the application of approved adjuvant therapy for high-risk disease
  • Review emerging experimental approaches to adjuvant treatment
  • Examine the use of chemotherapy, biochemotherapy and cytokine therapy for the systemic treatment of advanced melanoma
  • Apply novel experimental techniques involving vaccine and immunotherapy techniques to multidisciplinary therapy of the patient with metastatic melanoma
  • Discuss treatment of poor prognostic non-melanoma cutaneous cancers

Attendance at this Mayo course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.