Spot Diagnosis is a podcast series that examines the skin complaints which are commonly encountered by general practitioners. It is tailored specifically for medical students, and GPs, but should also be useful for nurses and pharmacists.
The series provides evidence-based, up-to-date medical education & information aimed at upskilling medical practitioners in treating skin complaints, in order to improve the skin health of our communities.
One in six initial presentations to general practitioners are about skin problems (1), yet dermatology teaching in medical schools is limited and variable (2). Spot Diagnosis aims to help address these issues for medical practitioners.
Series 1 of Spot Diagnosis has been recorded by Associate Professor Alvin Chong and Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont, speaking with leading dermatologists who have sub-specialty expertise in those skin conditions being addressed. Each episode is supported by other information and education resources for you to access on our website.
We hope you find these podcasts informative and useful. Please rate and review them. Your feedback will help us develop further resources for you, so will certainly be appreciated.
"Superficial fungal infection, or tinea, is really common. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of infection, affecting up to 25% of humans," says Associate Professor Alvin Chong. In this episode, Associate Professor Alvin Chong and Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont discuss one of the most common skin problems: fungal infections of the skin, hair and nails known as tinea. Tinea has a variety of clinical manifestations and affects all age groups, ranging from tinea pedis in adults to tinea capitis in pre-pubertal children.
Psoriasis is a common chronic immune-mediated disease that presents primarily on the skin, but it's often associated with other systemic manifestations affecting many body organs, particularly the joints. It has been estimated that the incidence of psoriasis ranges anything from less than half of 1% up to more than 10%, but the most widely accepted figure is that psoriasis affects somewhere between 2% and 3% of the general population.
In these two episodes Associate Professor Alvin Chong and Dr Tom Kovi discuss psoriasis with Associate Professor Peter Foley, a leading expert in the treatment of psoriasis.
Because psoriasis is such a large topic, this information is spread over two episodes. The first (Psoriasis - Part 1) discusses what psoriasis is, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and comorbidities. The second (Psoriasis - Part 2) discusses the management of psoriasis.
Associate Professor Alvin Chong & Dr Tom Kovi discuss melanoma with Associate Professor Victoria Mar, Head of the Victorian Melanoma Service. Because melanoma is such a significant topic, it is being covered in two episodes. The first looks at the epidemiology and diagnosis of melanoma. In the second episode, we talk about its treatment and prevention – and a little about the use of artificial intelligence.
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 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Curriculum for Australian General Practice 2016: DE16 - Dermatology contextual unit. East Melbourne, VIC: RACGP. Date unknown. Available at https://www.racgp.org.au/education/education-providers/curriculum/contextual-units/presentations/de16-dermatology [accessed 20 Dec 2019]
 Gupta A, Chong AH, Scarff CE, Huilgol SC. Dermatology teaching in Australian Medical Schools. Australas J Dermatol. 2017 Aug;58(3):e73-e78. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12486. Epub 2016 May 4.