Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2009

Education in skin cancer management - Assessing knowledge and safety

John B Dixon Anthony Dixon Helena Rosengren Thomas Connelly
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General practitioners manage the majority of skin cancers in Australia. There are a range of training opportunities for, and certifications in, skin cancer management.
Some trends emerged. Longer and more detailed training programs correlated with better subsequent knowledge retention and safety. Two days of training may not make doctors sufficiently safe in skin cancer management; it appeared to improved knowledge, but not to a point where unsafe practice was eliminated.
Of 187 doctors who had an active responding email address, 140 (75%) took the examination. From a possible score of 100, the mean score was 84 ± 16. The median score was 80.

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