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Dermatology Masterclass

Date: Friday 4 October 2019

Audience: GPs including GP trainees and practice nurses

Also relevant for: Core medical trainees, FY1/ FY2, Paediatricians, Emergency physicians allergists and Plastic surgeons

Limited time to register – prices from £180

Skin diseases are extremely common, and affect approximately 1 in 2 people every year. Improved treatments, an ageing population and the growing number of people living with chronic conditions has created an increase in patients seeking help for skin problems. A shortage of dermatology consults means that more and more of these patients will be treated in primary care*.

Living with a skin condition can have significant impact on both physical and psychological wellbeing, and keeping up to date with the latest guidelines evidence and best practice is essential in improving outcomes for your patients.

Our Dermatology Masterclass will keep you up-to-date with the latest evidence, new guidelines and best practice in the core conditions you come across regularly in your practice. It is a practical course, relevant for any non-skin specialist who sees or treats cutaneous disease on a regular basis and will give you tips and important updates that you can implement the very next day.



    • 6 CPD points
    • Expert speakers who give you practical tips on how to interpret the latest guidelines and evidence in your practice
    • Interactive voting – make decisions on cases as you would in your practice and see if your peers and our speakers agree
    • Dedicated question time with the experts – quiz them on a tricky condition, or get advice on how to manage a specific patient
      • The opportunity to discuss key topics with colleagues
    • 6 month subscription to BMJ Best Practice & BMJ Learning

8:15 - 9:00

Mindfulness or Yoga (optional)

Delegates will have a choice of sessions to attend in this slot

9:15 - 9:45

Keynote: Wellbeing at Work (optional)

In response to the rising prevalence of stress and burnout among health professionals, The BMJ is running a campaign for doctors’ wellbeing. It calls for doctors to be able to take breaks and to have places where they can rest and recuperate, for their own and their patients’ safety. Working together with the BMA, the Royal colleges, employers and patient groups, this is a united effort to change systems, working practices, and culture to ensure that doctors get the breaks they need.

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor, BMJ

9:55 - 10:00

Dermatology: Welcome and Introductions

Ahmed Kazmi, Specialty Doctor (Dermatology), The Royal London Hospital

10:00 - 10:45


  • Avoiding antibacterial resistance
  • Avoiding scarring
  • Treatment in special groups

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Cate Orteu, Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Free Hospital London

10:45 - 11:10

Morning break and refreshments

Delegates will have the opportunity to browse the exhibition and network with fellow attendees.

11:10 - 11:55

Alopecia areata 

  • Treatment options for alopecia and distinguishing it from scarring alopecias

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Ahmed Kazmi, Specialty Doctor (Dermatology), The Royal London Hospital

11:55 - 12:00

Learning bites 

Quick wins you can implement immediately into your practice

12:00 - 12:45

Skin cancer

  • ABCDEs
  • Seborrheic keratosis
  • Actinic keratosis

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Stephen Hayes, Associate Specialist in Dermatology

12:45 - 13:55

Lunch and networking

Why not:

  • Explore the Careers Fair Exhibition
  • CV checking and 1-2-1 Careers Advice
  • View our Live Jobs Board
  • Pensions Advice

13:55 - 14:00

Learning bites

14:00 - 14:45


  • Total emollient therapy
  • Correct steroid use/treatment of flares

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Suchitra Chinthapalli, Consultant Dermatologist, Royal London Hospital

14:45 - 15:10

Afternoon break and refreshments

  • An opportunity to visit our exhibitors in the exhibition area

15:10 - 15:55


  • Using a holistic approach
  • Less common treatment options
  • Referral criteria for biologics/systemics

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Stela Ziaj, Consultant Dermatologist, Churchill Hospital

15:55 - 16:00

Learning bites

16:00 - 16:45

Nail dystrophy and hand dermatitis

  • Eczema vs psoriasis, pompholyx, allergic contact vs irritant contact, when to patch test
  • Fungal nail treatment and other causes of nail dystrophy

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Felicity Ferguson, Consultant Dermatologist, Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital

16:45 - 16:50

Summary and close

*Programme Subject to change

Tailor your experience
BMJ Live is a multi stream conference, so you can tailor your experience by also choosing to attend sessions from our other courses and workshops running at the same time. View the full programme options below.

Other streams on Friday 4 October
GP General Update
Physicians General Update
Taking Control of Your workload
Getting your work published
Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice 

Other streams on Saturday 5 October
GP General Update
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Physicians General Update
Care of the Older Person
Taking Control of Your workload
Managing complexity and uncertainty

BMJ Careers Fair
As part of your conference package you will also have access to our careers fair exhibition, and a variety of content to help you progress your career. View the programme.

The speakers were well prepared, especially with good illustrative live cases/photographs to illustrate essential points
Dermatology Masterclass 2015


All the speakers had prepared well for their sessions with plenty of time for questions. All speakers entered into panel type discussion in questions. A wide range of topics covered

Dermatology Masterclass, 2015


The lectures were delivered in an interesting way. I thought the course was excellent

Dermatology Masterclass, 2015



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